European External Strategy Project


  • Economic Interests and Foreign Affairs

    July 14, 2014

    The EU’s external capabilities do not always match its financial needs. In a changing global economy, how can Europe’s economic interests align with its foreign policy goals?

  • The EU and International Security

    July 2, 2014

    As Europe faces heightened security challenges, the EU must lay out its future priorities, partners, and choices to develop its role as an autonomous international actor.

  • Europe and the Asia-Pacific

    June 13, 2014

    Europe has huge interests, but little influence, in the Asia-Pacific. The EU must decide what economic and political role it can play vis-à-vis its potential partners in the region.

  • Eastern Europe and Russia

    May 23, 2014

    The EU must reassess its relationship with Russia, the usefulness of its foreign policy toolbox, and the validity of the institutions that guarantee freedom on the continent.

  • Europe’s Potential as a Global Player

    April 14, 2014

    Having struggled for years to overcome member-state ambivalence and institutional fragmentation, it is time for the EU to start punching its weight in the international arena.

  • Crisis and Opportunity in Europe’s Southern Neighborhood

    March 24, 2014

    In pursuit of long-term stability in its Southern neighborhood, the EU needs a new and effective strategy to protect its interests and promote its values across the region.

About a New Ambition for Europe

Four experts assess the most pressing issues awaiting the new EU foreign policy chief and propose a new strategy for turning Europe into a more effective global actor.

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