Capitals Series

  • Letter From Lisbon
    Paulo Gorjão
    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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