Capitals Series

  • Letter From Tunis
    Walid Haddouk
    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?

                    • Letter From Zagreb

                      Žarko PuhovskiFriday, July 24, 2015

                        Croatia’s foreign policy paints a gloomy picture. One way for Zagreb to raise its game could be by contributing to major initiatives led by the bigger EU member states.

                      • Letter From The Hague

                        Louise van Schaik, Margriet DrentFriday, July 17, 2015

                          Dutch foreign policy is relatively engaged and ambitious. But the Netherlands lacks a clear vision on key security issues and on ways to mitigate risks.

                        • Letter From Bucharest

                          Armand Goșu, Octavian ManeaFriday, July 10, 2015

                            As a country on the Eastern edge of NATO and the EU, Romania spends most of its diplomatic resources on regional security priorities.

                          • Letter From Helsinki

                            René NybergFriday, July 03, 2015

                              Finland has found a way to reconcile with Russia. Yet this great-power neighbor remains Helsinki’s insoluble security dilemma.

                            • Letter From Nicosia

                              Nicholas KaridesFriday, June 26, 2015

                                Cyprus could play a major geopolitical role in the Eastern Mediterranean. Yet for reasons both within and outside its control, Nicosia has yet to exploit this potential.

                              • Letter From Budapest

                                Botond Feledy, András RáczFriday, June 19, 2015

                                  Budapest’s overly close relationship to Moscow poses a strategic risk not only to Hungary’s national interests but also to the country’s EU and NATO partners.

                                • Letter From Rome

                                  Marta DassùFriday, June 12, 2015

                                    Italy is committed to a stronger global role for the EU. But delegating authority to Brussels doesn’t mean that Rome is trying to shirk its international responsibilities.

                                  • Letter From Warsaw

                                    Eugeniusz SmolarFriday, June 05, 2015

                                      Due to its size, geography, and history, Poland is a concerned, active, and ambitious foreign policy player.

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