By pledging unconditional support to Azerbaijan in its conflict with Armenia over Nagorny Karabakh, Turkey’s government is stretching its forces and its budget, but it’s also shoring up its base.
Turkey’s involvement, Iran’s proximity, the enigmatic role of Russia, and the presence of major oil and gas pipelines in the region can quickly turn the new violence between Armenia and Azerbaijan into an international headache.
Legitimate or not, President Trump’s snapback of the Iran sanctions and his distorted reality based on “alternative facts” undermine the foundations of international politics.
In confronting Turkey’s leadership over its disruptive behavior—most lately in the Eastern Mediterranean—the European Council will have to tread carefully between principles, possible actions, and unsound options.
The discovery of hydrocarbons in the Eastern Mediterranean has raised tensions in the region. Europe must act to to prevent an actual war from breaking out between Greece and Turkey.
Former U.S. vice president Joe Biden is well placed to defeat U.S. President Donald Trump in November. But to do so, he must mobilize America’s clear anti-Trump majority to march behind his banner.
As the United Nations celebrates its accomplishments over the past seventy-five years, a final showdown underway between the world powers will shape its future.
Former U.S. vice president Joe Biden has drawn well ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump in the latest American polls for the presidential election in November. But is Biden’s lead real—and will it last?
As the socioeconomic impact of the coronavirus crisis begins to hit and cracks in the Russian social contract grow larger, two thirds of young Russians say they want Russian President Vladimir Putin to step aside in 2024.
For a European Union with geopolitical ambitions, revamping its Iran policy into a regional Gulf strategy would be a good place to start.
While the coronavirus crisis has helped UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s approval rating, it hasn’t helped his party, and British voters are now losing faith in the government’s handling of it.
By trying to manage the financial fallout of the coronavirus without also providing democratic reform, the EU will unleash another cycle of the legitimacy problems it has suffered since the eurozone crisis.
The new leader of the Labour Party has already established full control of his party. He now has the power to set its course for the next years—but he must deal with two urgent challenges first.
For Europe, the internal economic shock created by the coronavirus is set to be compounded by an external security shock triggered by the economic collapse of its neighborhood.
The EU has gone through many crises over the past decades. But the coronavirus pandemic could well be the ultimate acid test of its resilience as a community based on solidarity and common values.
While several post-Soviet countries such as Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine now routinely hold free and fair elections, another democratic pillar—rule of law—has proved much more difficult to achieve.
It’s too late to defeat the Assad regime, but a humanitarian intervention by the EU and NATO could prevent countless deaths and another massive refugee crisis.
The EU earned international recognition for its role in the Iran deal negotiations. Now, Europeans must raise their game with continuous high-level diplomacy—while preparing for further escalation in the Middle East.
Without corrective action, the United States and Europe will drift further apart over the 2020s, regardless of who sits in the Oval Office.
Europe has a vested interest in Middle East stability as well as in the welfare of its people.