Capitals Series

  • Europe Still Looking Backward at Its Southern Neighbors
    March 30, 2016

    In its foreign policy toward North Africa and the Middle East, the EU is putting stability before human rights, as it did before the Arab Spring.

  • Letter From Rabat

    Aboubakr JamaiFriday, March 25, 2016

      The EU’s timid insistence on political reform in Morocco coupled with unrelenting financial and diplomatic support might have removed the incentive for reforms.

    • Letter From Palestine

      Raja KhalidiFriday, March 18, 2016

        Palestinians cannot fathom why European citizens’ support for Palestinian rights has advanced so much more in recent decades than official EU positions.

      • Letter From Beirut

        Bashshar HaydarFriday, March 11, 2016

          The EU should refrain from acting in Lebanon like a humanitarian NGOs and should behave instead like a serious power with effective sticks and carrots.

        • Letter From Tripoli

          Tarek MegerisiFriday, March 04, 2016

            If European policymakers want to help stabilize and reorient Libya, they should recall the lessons of the five years since the country’s 2011 revolution.

          • Letter From Cairo

            Nancy OkailFriday, February 26, 2016

              The EU’s approach toward Egypt is based on misperceptions and false assumptions, and European support fails to reflect the country’s social and political dynamics.

            • Letter From Algiers

              Dalia Ghanem-YazbeckFriday, February 19, 2016

                Algerians want Europe to be far more involved in promoting democracy, freedom of the media, independent civil society, and migration issues.

              • Letter From Amman

                Ahmad Masa’dehThursday, February 11, 2016

                  EU initiatives in Jordan should focus on projects that lead to real political development and enhance the welfare and life quality of Jordanian citizens.

                • Letter From Tunis

                  Walid HaddoukFriday, February 05, 2016

                    Despite over two decades of partnership, it is unclear whether the EU’s approach toward Tunisia has increased the country’s economic and social wealth.

                  • Letter From Jerusalem

                    Menachem KleinFriday, January 29, 2016

                      Because of the distance between them, the EU and Israel have serious misperceptions of each other. That puts the EU in a strategic, political, and moral dilemma.

                    • Letter From Damascus

                      Salam KawakibiFriday, January 22, 2016

                      If the Europeans do not take the Syrian conflict seriously, other global actors will not take the Europeans seriously either.

                    • The EU’s Benign Neglect of Eastern Europe

                      Judy DempseyFriday, January 15, 2016

                        To the EU’s detriment, its policy toward its Eastern neighbors is neither creating an arc of stability nor encouraging democracy.

                      • Letter From Tbilisi

                        Nino LejavaFriday, December 11, 2015

                          Georgia tries to distance itself from the rest of the South Caucasus through a process of integration with the West. But that process is far from plain sailing.

                        • Letter From Chişinău

                          Igor BoțanFriday, December 04, 2015

                            In the last five years, Moldova has gone from success story to captured state. Any EU support for the country should be linked to the fight against corruption.

                          • Letter From Baku

                            Emin MilliFriday, November 27, 2015

                              The EU’s problem in Azerbaijan is that it lacks leverage. Smart and targeted sanctions against certain government figures would help.

                            • Letter From Minsk

                              Andrei YahorauFriday, November 20, 2015

                                If the EU wants a reliable partner in Belarus, the country must be transformed into a more democratic state. Only the Belarusian people can achieve this transformation.

                              • Letter From Yerevan

                                Mikayel ZolyanFriday, November 13, 2015

                                  Armenia needs to find its own voice on foreign policy and ensure that its international partnerships do not limit the country’s ability to make sovereign decisions.

                                • Letter From Kiev

                                  Mikhail MinakovFriday, November 06, 2015

                                    There is a serious mismatch between the goals and instruments of the EU’s policy toward Ukraine. The EU seems to be missing the point in its relations with Kiev.

                                  • Europe’s Pathetic Lack of Foreign Policy Ambition

                                    Judy DempseyFriday, August 07, 2015

                                    The European Union is strategically and politically ill prepared to make a difference at the regional or global level.

                                  • Letter From the Brussels Bubble

                                    Ian TraynorFriday, July 31, 2015

                                      Despite some recent successes, the European Union’s foreign policy lacks ambition. What will it take to shake the EU out of its complacency and bickering?

                                    Recent Analysis From
                                    Judy Dempsey’s Strategic Europe

                                    Please note

                                    You are leaving the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy's website and entering another Carnegie global site.