As the global center of gravity shifts toward the Pacific, the nature of relations between the United States and Europe is likely to shift.
Beijing’s relationship with Europe is increasingly complex, with a number of economic arrangements that could compromise European ideals.
The plans of Russia’s ruling elite, headed by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, to retain power face increasing challenges from a crumbling infrastructure, economic stagnation, and growing social unrest.
The European Union has an opportunity to make a significant difference in their eastern borderlands, through a combination of social, economic, and political incentives.
Although Washington invested in Dmitry Medvedev as Russian president, they also kept in mind the power of Vladimir Putin. With Putin’s decision to return to the presidency in 2012, communication between the two capitals is likely to become more streamlined and straightforward.
Although tempting in the short run, a sudden influx of foreign capital into the European Union would raise both unemployment and debt without addressing the root of Europe's economic woes.
Europe could play a leading role in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process if it musters the political courage to apply its own foreign policy values to the Israeli-Palestinian arena.
Angela Merkel hopes that the Eurozone crisis will bring about greater economic and political union for Europe, and she is acting to drive public debate to reach the same conclusion.
While dialogue between the European Union and Russia on Moscow’s foreign policy typically focuses on hard power topics, the West’s expansion has prompted the Kremlin to develop its soft power toward post-Soviet states.
Moscow’s evolving policies toward the Nordic-Baltic region are an important part of Russia’s larger approach to Europe and the Atlantic community.