Achieving progress on reforming Ukraine’s economy would send the strongest possible message to critics who doubt the country’s ability to operate as a modern state.
Calls for non-Western forms of democracy have been around for many years but are now becoming louder and more ubiquitous. This trend can be expected to deepen as an integral element of the emerging post-Western world order.
The idea of shutting out migrants by reinforcing the EU’s external border may be alluring, but it would create more tensions and greater nationalist anger.
European strategic interests exist and are visible to all, but their impact on world affairs remains limited in contrast to Europe’s theoretical influence in the international arena.
If mainstream politicians do not start taking greater risks, less savory figures will take their place.
To make progress on stamping out corruption, Ukraine requires targeted reform of the powerful institutions that perpetuate corrupt practices, particularly the justice system.
The proxy war in Syria, the escalation of the Kurdish question, and the Islamic State’s terrorist activities are making Turkey more vulnerable to internal and external pressures.
Five years after the revolution, internal headwinds and regional whirlwinds continue to bedevil Tunisia, jeopardizing its democratic transition.
Ukraine’s reformers have largely ignored the key issue of the separation of powers. The EU should help put this important priority back on the agenda.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict requires more than just shuttle diplomacy. A resolution requires a complex multination peacekeeping operation.
The EU needs to step up its support for Ukraine’s still-fragile democracy, focusing on the three areas of conditionality, decentralization, and engagement with civil society.
The unresolved conflict between Armenians and Azerbaijanis has again shown itself to be a tinderbox that can ignite to disastrous effect. The world cannot continue to ignore it.
Ankara aims to exact additional commitments from Europe in the refugee deal. Above all, the Turkish government wants visa-free travel to Europe for its citizens.
Europe’s decision about whether to grant China market economy status is a major inflection point in China-EU relations.
Despite encouraging results in recent elections, the road to change in Iran is still long. Europe has only very limited influence on events there.
The UN sustainable development goal of peace, justice, and strong institutions is an important step forward for global development, but its meaning is inevitably imprecise.
The biggest challenges facing Ukraine are its long-standing, systemic failures—a corrupt government and a political system dominated by big business.
From the 1820s onward, about 7 million Germans emigrated to the United States. Their distinctive experience speaks to today’s debates about immigration.
The recent deal sealed with Russia over Transnistria is an example of the EU at its best, operating as a technocratic normative actor and letting trade lead geopolitics.
An agreement between the EU and Turkey to curb the influx of refugees is being hampered by a lack of trust between the parties and by mutual misunderstandings.
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