Russia and the European Union are competing intensely for influence in Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and other countries.
Germany is the EU’s indispensable power, and an assertive Chancellor Merkel is getting tough with almost everyone. But Berlin is still not thinking strategically.
Germans and Europeans at large are in a very similar economic situation to the Chinese in many ways.
The EU’s tarnished image as a community of nations is alarming. It is therefore essential to create the conditions for a better future in a postcrisis world.
The permanent members of the UN Security Council must work together to transform the fragile U.S.-Russian step toward peace in Syria into a full agreement.
Russia has no intentions of getting involved again in Afghanistan. Yet Central Asian republics now fear instability on their borders as NATO’s 100,000-strong presence ends.
In 2001, both Americans and Europeans spoke of building democracy in Afghanistan. Now the priority has shifted toward making the country stable and making Afghans responsible for security.
India and Europe are not so different. Both have had to rethink their place in the world, which has forced them to re-examine their relationships with global players.
The European Union could make a difference both practically and strategically by putting in place a long-term development strategy for Afghanistan.
Between now and 2014, the 50 countries participating in the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan will have to empty their military bases and leave the landlocked country.