In the face of the euro crisis, questions have emerged about Europe’s cohesion—particularly the strength of the institutions called for under the Lisbon treaty—and what that means for its relevance in major international challenges.
The crisis in the eurozone may prove a blessing in disguise for Turkey, given its strong economic performance over the past years, and could even revitalize Turkey’s prospects for membership in the European Union.
European and Russian experts discuss the key issues affecting Russia-Europe relations.
Following consultations which began in September 2009, the NATO-appointed Group of Experts chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, presented its findings on the Alliance’s future to NATO Secretary General Rasmussen and members of the North Atlantic Council on May 17th.
Russia is already doing much to help the alliance in its struggle against the Taliban insurgency, yet there is a growing feeling in the West that Moscow could be playing a more decisive role in Afghanistan.
Experts fear that Yemen is rapidly becoming a center for radicalization and a haven for extremists. At the same time, a confluence of looming domestic challenges threatens to bring the country to its knees, with potentially destabilizing consequences for the region.
Two decades after the end of the Cold War, NATO must demonstrate that it can adapt to the security challenges of the 21st century, including nuclear weapons proliferation, terrorism and cyber-warfare.
The fundamental driving force of the insurgency is not economic or tribal but political, and long-term stability in Afghanistan depends on creating an open, transparent process to renegotiate the political structure of the nation in a way that includes the insurgency without betraying the Afghan people.
On the sidelines of the international ministerial conference on January 28th, Afghan stakeholders as well as Western experts brought their insights to shape the debate on the future of Afghanistan.
At the international conference on Afghanistan in London, the international community should address the only issue that really matters for peace in Afghanistan: how to make the Taliban part of a lasting solution.