If the Europeans do not take the Syrian conflict seriously, other global actors will not take the Europeans seriously either.
European actors should take the initiative not only to implement the deal itself but also to help create an environment, both regionally in the Middle East and politically, that supports such implementation.
As the country with the only peaceful Arab revolution, Tunisia has made remarkable progress since 2011. But major challenges remain.
There are growing calls for an EU policy that can confront the drivers of instability in the Middle East. But such a policy is unlikely to emerge anytime soon.
The defense of a way of life, deeply rooted fundamental liberties, and the cohesion of entire societies is becoming a just cause for Europe to go to war.
The Atlantic alliance has no strategy to confront the so-called Islamic State or to deal with Russia’s growing presence in the Mediterranean.
France will call for improved military and intelligence cooperation among the different actors in the anti–Islamic State coalition, but deploying troops in Syria is not on France’s agenda.
While French President François Hollande calls for cooperation among EU member states against the so-called Islamic State, Brussels remains on lockdown against the threat of a possible attack.
The EU’s recent review of its European Neighborhood Policy offers a more realistic and practical approach to the union’s relations with its neighbors.
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.