The need for a strong relationship between Moscow and Brussels is clear, but Europe faces administrative and political barriers to a common policy on Russia and Russia remains unwilling to undertake the reforms that would make it more compatible with the EU.
Changing market conditions, increasing costs of production, and a new commitment to efficiency have given Russia an opportunity to increase its collaboration with Europe on issues of energy security.
The U.S. administration and politicians in Moscow have sharply divergent views on the ‘reset’ in bilateral relations. Where U.S. officials see dialogue, compromises, and concessions as a means of winning over the other side, the Russian elite considers dialogue to be a sign of weakness.
The crisis in Kyrgyzstan presents an opportunity for the three multilateral groups working in the area to do real, immediate good while building trust and demonstrating that cooperation is possible in the increasingly interconnected and fragile Eurasian security space.
As Moscow grapples with the question of whether to intervene to stop the violence in southern Kyrgyzstan, it is forced to confront a vexing issue: can Russia utilize its political and military potential to help resolve local and regional conflicts in Central Asia?
In the world of modern, interconnected markets, implied liabilities are everywhere that assets or countries or industries are seen as having a shared fate. In order to assess financial risks accurately, implied liabilities must be taken into consideration.
Intimidation by Ahmadinejad's regime succeeded in keeping opposition protesters off the streets on the first anniversary of Iran's rigged election. To regain its momentum, the Green Movement must tackle five key challenges.
Three days before the anniversary of Iran’s controversial election, the United Nations Security Council imposed its fourth round of sanctions against the country’s nuclear program. These sanctions could end up strengthening the opposition’s argument that the country is in need of new leadership.
The collapse of the euro presents an opportunity for China to introduce greater exchange rate flexibility and let the renminbi depreciate, in order to prevent dangerous speculative capital inflows.
Regional cooperation and discreet aid from the West are critical for countries to regain control of their territory and prevent al-Qaeda from gaining ground in Africa.
With its increased regional and global influence, Turkey is in a position to seize a leading role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to challenge Iran for leadership of regional public opinion.
While U.S. democracy aid has grown in amount and sophistication over the last two decades under Republican and Democratic administrations alike, American democracy promotion efforts can achieve their full potential only by reforming USAID.
The Turkish government’s handling of its Kurdish minority and the state of its civil-military relations will determine the longevity of the current improvement in Turkish political economy.
The violent jihad advocated by al-Qaeda is not widely accepted by Yemenis at this point, and there is a small window of opportunity to take steps to undermine al-Qaeda’s influence.
A two-state solution requires reconciliation between Palestinian factions and reunification of the West Bank and Gaza. The United States should support Palestinian institution building and be open to political competition, including elections.
The Korean peninsula may be at its dangerous moment since the 1953 armistice, but the steadiness of the South Korean government and actions by the United States and China should prevent a serious conflict from taking place.
The ongoing IAEA investigations in Iran and Syria and Israel’s nuclear capability are among the top issues on the agenda for the June IAEA Board of Governors meeting.
China's prospective nuclear deal with Pakistan would breach international protocol about the trade of nuclear equipment and material, raising concerns about the risks of nuclear proliferation.
The United States has a vital interest in containing the Euro crisis, and Germany’s leadership or lack of it will determine whether the response to the crisis succeeds or the euro zone unravels.
Obama's Cairo speech had the admirable goal of improving relations with the Muslim world, but the administration has focused almost exclusively on building bridges with leaders and governments rather than supporting political and human rights.