The bottom line is that bridging to G7 nations such as Italy and France and getting global recognition for the BRI are now top Chinese priorities. China wants to be seen as the new champion of multilateralism.
Whatever fate Brexit meets, Britain’s reputation for competent, pragmatic political stability—built up over centuries—is being trashed. It will take years, perhaps decades, to restore.
For all the overtures to China that Rome is making, Italy has not yet settled on what kind of relationship it actually wants.
The current Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko seems to have enough campaign cards up his sleeve to win the upcoming Ukrainian election, despite the damage caused by a fresh corruption case in the defense sector.
Does the recent surge of citizen activism and anger, which is just the most recent swell in what has been a decade-long tide of large-scale protests, offer some broader lessons about the state of democracy?
A major Georgian international project, Anaklia port, is being threatened by a domestic political row. Abuse of informal power is hurting Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.
The EU is right to take a more comprehensive approach to the Middle East and resist attempts to demonize Iran, but it must carefully craft its approach to avoid endangering the security alliance with the US that it depends on.
Ukrainians are deeply ambivalent about the 2019 presidential election. A widespread atmosphere of discontent has created an opening for an unlikely dark horse candidate: the comedian Vladimir Zelenskiy.
In the absence of government action to address today’s most pressing global problems, multinational corporations are stepping up to offer their own solutions.
It is time for Britain to leave the European Union—with or without a deal. The EU, freed from British ambivalence, would force European leaders to decide their own destiny.
The recent Brexit developments plunge UK politics into crisis. While there’s a clear majority against the government’s plans, there’s no evident majority in favor of a specific alternative.
President Trump’s vow to “devastate” the Turkish economy if Ankara attacks Kurdish forces in Syria marks another troubling development in the souring U.S.-Turkey relationship.
If Europe does not want to lose its current seat at the table of global rule-making, it has to rediscover the other, bigger end of the Eurasian landmass behind the Ural Mountains.
Something is eating away at the fabric of British politics. Brexit has much to do with it, but the consequences could be with us long after the current crisis is resolved, one way or another.
Abkhazia, Transdniestria, and northern Cyprus exist on maps but are not full nation states. Life goes on, but it is all a little more complicated than elsewhere in the world.
Rather than take Iran’s professed reorientation to the East as a fact, the EU needs to appreciate the underlying dynamics (which still put it in a preferred position) and live up to its original commitments.
NATO countries have been relegated to fretting and hedging their bets as long as Trump stays in the Oval Office.
The United Kingdom looks certain to remain in the EU at least into the summer of 2019—and, very possibly, indefinitely.
The Assad regime’s ascendancy has pushed the EU and European governments onto the back foot. Europe needs to rethink its foreign policy priorities—and fast.
Merkel should bury Nord Stream 2 and speed up renewable energy. That could be one of the Chancellor’s signature legacies: breaking Russia’s energy grip on Germany and on Europe.