Although Obama's renewed strategy towards Afghanistan has been received well in Europe, the war in Afghanistan will now be an American war with international help rather than a coalition effort.
Fabrice Pothier explains the scale of the the opium problem in Afghanistan and argues for a decoupling of counter-insurgency and counter-narcotics operations.
Gilles Dorronsoro argued at RUSI that the allied forces should focus on securing strategic areas in Afghanistan rather than on further military commitments.
A panel of experts on Russia, Europe and NATO discussed what a common European security space would look like, and how it could be created.
Ashley J. Tellis shared his insight on the war in Afghanistan in London. He argued that the United States now faces three possible options concerning future strategy for Afghanistan.
Italy's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Franco Frattini, outlined the priorities of the G8 under the Italian Presidency, arguing that there is a need for a review of international structures.
Alexey Malashenko and Johannes Regenbrecht gave a comparative assessment of the European and Russian strategies in Central Asia.
The recent crisis in Gaza, upcoming Israeli elections, and Iraq’s provincial elections are reshaping the political landscape in the Middle East and providing new opportunities for Europe and the United States to play a constructive role.
Five fallacies continue to dominate discussions of the future of European and NATO strategies in Afghanistan, and undermine the hard questions on effectiveness.
The situation in the Middle East is set to deteriorate. The European policy community assessed past European action in the region, lessons learnt, and a future strategy.