The small bizarro worlds on both sides of the Caspian shore are laboratories for economic and social transformation in an unstable but critically important region of the world.
With Europe weakened and divided over a debt crisis, a refugee crisis, and the rise of populist movements, it is hard to imagine EU member states agreeing on a European army.
Thousands of African refugees and migrants risk their lives every day to reach Europe, but what can be done to persuade them not to take this perilous journey?
Despite traveling on different paths, Britain’s and Turkey’s relationships with the EU may end up the same in terms of their levels of economic integration.
Europe must invest more heavily in countries such as Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia to help build regional players that are open to reform and resistant to crises.
The EU faces a series of dramatic challenges in the Mediterranean area; however, internal structural changes to the union have diminished its foreign policy abilities.
Supporters of the EU should draw on the experience of the Habsburg Empire and speak up for European integration, especially in the face of rising populism in many EU countries.
Azerbaijani society is changing more rapidly than the authorities realize. The country will face political turbulence if the elites do not bridge the gap between rulers and ruled.
The Turkish government’s crackdown on opponents since the July 15 coup attempt has probably buried the country’s EU accession framework for good.
A series of crises engulfing the EU is fundamentally changing the narrative set out when the union was founded nearly sixty years ago.
How can the EU reconcile its new policy of promoting stabilization and security in the Middle East with human rights and democratization?
Spain’s political gridlock tells a woeful tale of the state of the EU and of European democracy, and places further strains on the eurozone’s stability.
Migration offers Europeans an opportunity. But a shift of mind-set is indispensable if Europe wants to tackle this complex long-term issue.
Migration from Eastern Europe to Western EU member states is partly driven by the corruption perpetuated by political elites and local oligarchs.
The EU needs to combine internal cohesion and flexible integration to cope with external challenges and contain the forces that threaten to tear it apart.
Turkey’s drift away from the West has not been one-sided; Europe and the United States share the blame.
The EU’s future role in Syria will be a litmus test of a genuine common foreign and security policy.
Washington and Brussels need to rebuild trust with Turkey. That is the only way to counter the country’s swelling anti-Americanism and alienation from the West.
There is an acute need for a new European narrative for Turkey. Such a framework should create a new platform of cooperation and complement the country’s EU accession path.
While the causes of Turkey’s failed coup remain shrouded in mystery, Ankara’s policy shift toward Moscow could have played a role.