Russia is both a resurgent power on the international stage and a key partner for Europe. However, the country still faces a myriad of social and economic challenges.
The EU, which has worked for decades on North Africa’s development, must step up its efforts to bolster the region’s private sector and dismantle its own agricultural protectionism.
The West must find ways to accommodate Ankara’s growing global ambitions even as it urges Turkey to take a more constructive and visible role in the challenges of global governance.
Turkey and the EU both face urgent foreign and security issues that cannot wait. As a result, they need a new, more effective channel for strategic dialogue to complement the accession process.
While Turkey’s vote against additional UN Security Council sanctions on Iran was viewed by some as a sign that Turkey is drifting away from the West, in reality the relationship is much more complicated.
With the ratification of the Lisbon treaty, the EU had hoped to develop the infrastructure to handle the challenges of the twenty-first century world, but recent developments have sparked widespread talk of Europe's relative decline.
The United States, Europe, and Russia are entering a critical phase that will define relations among them for years to come and, by extension, the future security order in Europe.
With its simmering conflicts and economic problems, the South Caucasus poses perhaps the biggest challenge to the European community in its neighborhood.
In November, NATO will meet in Lisbon to craft a new Strategic Concept and address the future of its nuclear posture, which has caused controversial debate in recent months both within the Alliance and externally.
The last decade has seen a marked change in both the scale of competition for resources and the interdependences this entails.