After their experience in the campaign in Libya, Europeans will have to decide to either develop a unified security and defense identity or, given recent expenses and difficulties, abandon such efforts altogether.
If Europe is to strengthen its global influence, it must first deepen partnerships across its neighborhood.
If Europe wants to be a strategic actor and ensure the security of its citizens, it must undertake measures to reshape its economy.
The leaders of the European Union should begin an open dialogue to increase Europe’s global engagement and seek a new strategic unity with the United States.
Europe’s future demands more integration, backed up by the interests of a maximum number of Europeans, not greater centralized bureaucracy.
Europe should not ignore its still formidable military power and its historical ties to certain parts of the developing world in an attempt to build a new, soft, Brussels-based power.
Europe must develop a strategic sense of itself, its influence, and its dependence on the global economy if it is to achieve stability and cohesion at home and play an active role abroad.
The Arab Spring is revealing the tensions between the ideals espoused by Turkish foreign policy and Ankara’s political, economic, and security interests.
An EU-Turkey foreign policy dialogue would help prevent Turkey’s EU accession process from breaking down and address Turkey’s rising status as a regional power and an independent international player.
While it is clear that Egypt’s national press cannot operate as it has in the past, now that it has lost its economic and political base, its future remains uncertain.
As Ankara’s perception of Moscow as a geopolitical opponent and threat to Turkish interests diminishes, bilateral Russian-Turkish relations are on an upward trend.
The recently proposed constitutional amendments could constitute an important move in the political reform process in Jordan, but they are only a first step in the path to promoting true separation of powers and checks and balances.
By arresting former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, the Ukrainian authorities were trying to both weaken the domestic opposition and get Moscow to soften its stance on the gas prices. They appear to have failed to achieve either objective.
Turkey’s Kurdish question is that country’s single most important problem. It is and has always been a political problem. Successive Turkish governments have sought to resolve it either through repressive military and occasionally economic means.
The criminal prosecution of Ukraine’s former prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, and her associates reveals the fragility of Ukraine’s democracy and the weakness of rule of law in the country.
The EU should expect tenser relations with Turkey should Cyprus assume the bloc's presidency before a deal reunifying the divided island is reached.
Although many of the ingredients are in place for an upsurge of political activism in Palestine and a confrontation with Israel, internal obstacles and divisions could undermine any attempt at popular mobilization.
In his speech, President Obama laid out a less ambitious approach to the war in Afghanistan that abandons the long-term goals of nation building in favor of improved intelligence, special forces, drone attacks, and a smaller footprint in country.
While providing support to Moldova is important, it’s essential that the EU be tougher on Chisinau regarding its inability to implement reforms.
If Europe wishes to prevent long-term high unemployment and stagnation, Spain must acknowledge its own debt problems and Germany needs to recognize its role in promoting regional and global imbalances.