Every week, a selection of leading experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.
Although France’s economic standing has been decreasing in recent years, that has not affected the country’s foreign policy ambitions, which remain consistently high.
The initial show of unity after recent killings in Paris was remarkable. But that unity may falter if France’s leaders do not protect the country’s social fabric.
The murders at the French magazine Charlie Hebdo should encourage European governments to defend, not clamp down on, civil liberties.
France has been wavering over whether to honor a contract for the sale of two warships to Russia. Together with its Euro-Atlantic partners, Paris should cancel the deal.
As NATO faces multiple security challenges—from a revisionist Russia in the East to Islamic extremism in the South—it is time for a real strategic debate.
If Europeans refuse to consider force as a last option to support diplomatic efforts, analysts believe that the European Union’s foreign policy will be toothless.
With Washington’s strategic shift toward Asia, it's time to reinvent transatlantic cooperation.
While Europeans still support President Obama, they have lowered their expectations of what he will accomplish politically.
Although there is still great concern for the eurozone, the discourse has moved from predicting an immediate downfall a year ago to discussing the necessity of economic reform in the continent.