Capitals Series

  • Letter From London
    Paul Cornish
    April 17, 2015

    There is evidence of decisiveness and clarity in the UK’s foreign policy outlook. But there is also ambivalence, partly explained by preelection domestic politics.

  • Letter From Brussels

    Sven BiscopFriday, April 10, 2015

      Belgium is a firm believer in a more integrated EU foreign and security policy. But the country sometimes lacks the clarity and drive to put that belief into practice.

    • Letter From Vienna

      Thomas MayerFriday, April 03, 2015

        Austria has high foreign policy ambitions, but when it comes to concrete engagement in conflicts, Vienna keeps a low profile and prefers to sit on the sidelines.

      • Letter From Vilnius

        Vykintas PugačiauskasFriday, March 27, 2015

          Lithuania puts more emphasis on upholding European values than some countries at the heart of the EU. This is not just idealism, it is a matter of hardheaded interests.

        • Letter From Lisbon

          Paulo GorjãoFriday, March 20, 2015

            For a relatively small geopolitical player, Portugal has a surprisingly ambitious foreign policy. A key theme in that policy is the country’s strategic geographic location.

          • Letter From Stockholm

            Björn Fägersten, Jonathan LundellFriday, March 13, 2015

              The Swedish government that entered office in late 2014 has a bold foreign policy agenda, continuing the country’s traditionally high level of international ambition.

            • Letter From Bratislava

              Milan Nič, Marian MajerFriday, March 06, 2015

                Slovakia succeeds in many aspects of foreign and security policy, but the way in which it does so is patchy and complacent. Bratislava needs a more strategic approach.

              • Letter From Paris

                François HeisbourgFriday, February 27, 2015

                  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.

                • Letter From Valletta

                  Anthony ManducaFriday, February 20, 2015

                    Malta’s small size prevents it from coming up with major foreign policy initiatives, but it is nevertheless keen to promote peace and stability in the Mediterranean.

                  • Letter From Copenhagen

                    Bo LidegaardFriday, February 13, 2015

                      Denmark pursues an active foreign policy at both the European and the international level, helping develop joint EU approaches and contributing to military interventions.

                    • Letter From Madrid

                      Charles PowellFriday, February 06, 2015

                        Spain has faced daunting political and economic challenges that have limited its ability to contribute to EU foreign policy. Will that situation change anytime soon?

                      • Letter From Prague

                        Martin EhlFriday, January 30, 2015

                          Despite its export-driven economy, the Czech Republic has a low level of foreign policy ambition. In fact, foreign policy has never been a priority for any Czech government.

                        • Letter From Dublin

                          Ben TonraFriday, January 23, 2015

                            Despite two major institutional constraints, Irish foreign policy has ambition. Ireland may lack capacity, confidence, and, occasionally, resolve—but the drive is there.

                          • Letter From Riga

                            Diāna PotjomkinaFriday, January 16, 2015

                              Latvia’s foreign policy outlook has evolved considerably in the past twenty years. Riga has moved beyond grand narratives to a more substantive, down-to-earth approach.

                            • Letter From Berlin

                              Volker Perthes, Markus KaimFriday, January 09, 2015

                                If Germany is to live up to international expectations about its power and responsibility, then Berlin has to realize that foreign policy begins at home.

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