The current escalation between the United States and Iran bears similarities to the run-up to the 2003 Iraq invasion. Yet while the danger of military confrontation is real, there are also important differences.
Despite securing a place among the very few European leaders with a landslide victory under their belt in the 2019 EU election, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is not celebrating.
A controversial overturning of Turkey’s local election result has laid the way for a rematch the president’s party cannot afford to lose.
Stuck in the present and with no viable perspective for positive change, Iranian citizens feel powerless.
On the tenth anniversary of the Eastern Partnership, dilemmas inherent in the policy design still remain unchanged.
The Eastern Partnership was designed to tie the Eastern neighbors to the EU, keep Russia out, and EU membership off the table. These objectives have been achieved—but the region has become neither more stable nor secure.
Fifteen years after the EU’s biggest expansion, Central Europe still doesn’t feel part of the club. The bloc can hope to survive the many forces trying to tear it apart only by repairing its fraught East-West relationship.
A Zelenskiy presidency would offer a precious opportunity for a rethink. It’s time for Ukraine—and its backers in the West—to get serious.
Given that the S-400 deal with Russia could have such adverse consequences for the U.S.-Turkey bilateral relationship, the real question is how this transaction was allowed to get so close to the finish line?
It is becoming increasingly clear that the alliance today is ill-prepared to deal with myriad complex threats.
By toppling the Justice and Development party in Ankara and Istanbul in Turkey’s local elections, the opposition has shown that Erdogan’s ruling party is not an invincible force.
By resigning as prime minister but remaining party leader, Theresa May could ease a transition—and maybe even end her party’s Brexit deadlock.
Faced with external and internal threats, Iran is resorting to old-style nationalism.
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.