Policy watchers have to understand that their traditional methods of analysis do not count anymore. Whatever the issue, the U.S. president’s response is: me.
Refugees have conditions for voluntary return—conditions that political efforts to resolve the Syrian conflict have largely ignored.
The repeated use of chemical weapons in Syria has exposed the lack of principles and interests in Germany’s response.
Cruise missiles and lofty speeches will not bring peace to the Syrians. France must enlist the EU to start working on a real settlement.
Brussels should compartmentalise its approach to Washington: Finding possible agreements over shared concerns while staunchly defending the Iran nuclear deal itself.
European donors should persist with a localist approach in Syria, but efforts should generate an inclusive notion of democratic citizenship rather than just support the liberal-moderate opposition.
Another wave of mass migration is likely to hit Europe, and unless the EU can muster collective action, the Schengen system of passport-free travel could be swept away.
The latest standoff over energy resources in the Mediterranean illustrates the renewed risk of a military miscalculation in the region. More than ever before, diplomacy should prevail over saber rattling.
The EU’s external financing instruments should be improved to make the union’s civil society support efforts more politically effective and more closely aligned with strategic aims.
The course that Turkish leaders choose to follow in the Syrian war will have long-term consequences for their country and for the world.