The EU seems determined to clinch a trade accord with Japan by the end of 2017. That might be wishful thinking.
A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.
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.
If the Ukraine crisis continues and relations between Russia and the West deteriorate further, the implications will be grim in a number of areas, including cybersecurity.
Europe risks becoming an in-between territory, with the United States and Asia pulling it in opposite directions. Europeans must understand how dangerous that would be.
NATO is emerging from the Ukraine crisis without a new sense of purpose or direction. Yet the rest of the world is investing huge hopes in the Western military alliance.
From Chinese industrialization to maritime trade, from the perils of piracy to human trafficking, a voyage from the Far East to Europe reveals much about the modern world.
As Chinese President Xi Jinping visits Brussels, it is important for both China and the EU to take the responsibility that their size demands for resolving global issues.
Respect is a core element of the Chinese national narrative. But playing the guilt card to demand respect from foreigners is a tactic that China’s interlocutors should stand up to.
China’s economy does not need to grow at 7.5 percent a year. What matters is that Chinese households continue to improve their lives at the rate to which they are accustomed.
Even if EU foreign policy analysts’ working assumption is wrong, the outcome is the same: if Europeans want to matter in the world they must get their act together fast.
Within a few years China will have more old people than any other country. Beijing will have to become a leader in addressing the problems of an aging population.
While Chinese observers admire Europe’s institutions and lasting peace, Europeans should remind themselves of the candid thinking that made European integration possible.
Two recent incidents have underlined Europe’s lack of strategic direction. They confirm that, when it comes to crises, Europeans still do not see the merits of pulling together.
Both Europe and China are overdependent on the United States as a guarantor of the liberal world order. Both need to wake up and accept their global responsibility.
If China is to rebalance its economy, the policies that subsidized Chinese exports must be reversed. As this happens, manufacturing in the rest of the world will surge.
Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa are setting up a development bank. That is good news, as it increases their stake in a rules-based liberal world order.
A recent Chinese survey suggests that a genuine EU-China partnership will require the EU to develop an independent foreign policy that does not pander to U.S. interests.
Beijing is facing a financial dilemma: it must reduce investment and slow the growth of debt, but if it does so it will face stiff opposition from vested interests.
NATO too should pivot toward Asia—not as a military player, but as an alliance of democracies that has much to offer like-minded countries in the Asia-Pacific region.