China’s Bullying of Lithuania Spurs European Unity

Beijing has gone to great lengths to punish Lithuania for opening a Taiwanese representative office. In the long run, China’s tactics may end up making the EU stronger and more resilient.

  • Judy Asks: Can Diplomacy Rescue European Security?

    Judy Asks: Can Diplomacy Rescue European Security?

    Judy DempseyThursday, January 13, 2022

      Faced with Russia’s military threat against Ukraine and demands for NATO to stop further expansion, the West wants a dialogue with Moscow. Diplomatic efforts that are not underpinned by hard power may not be enough to avert a war.

    • Kazakhstan: Secrets, Lies, and Foreign Troops

      Kazakhstan: Secrets, Lies, and Foreign Troops

      Luca AnceschiTuesday, January 11, 2022

        A rift in Kazakhstan’s elite has violently played out in the streets of the country. Foreign troop support may have kept President Tokayev in power, but it has also linked his political future to Vladimir Putin.

      • Europe and the United States Play Into Putin’s Hands

        Europe and the United States Play Into Putin’s Hands

        Judy DempseyThursday, January 06, 2022

          Transatlantic disunity and a lack of strategy over how to deal with Russia’s ultimatum is placing Europe’s security architecture at risk. The West has no choice but to put up a strong united front.

        • Why Europe Must Boost Civil Society Support

          Why Europe Must Boost Civil Society Support

          Judy DempseyTuesday, December 21, 2021

            Civil society is under attack in the EU’s neighborhood. To defend democracy, academic freedom, and independent thought, Europe should step up its assistance to repressed voices.*

          • Europe Needs a New Reckoning on Security and Democracy

            Europe Needs a New Reckoning on Security and Democracy

            Rosa BalfourThursday, December 16, 2021

              Differing threat perceptions in Western and Central Europe combined with democratic backsliding risk creating dangerous fractures within the EU. Building a shared understanding of today’s security challenges must go hand in hand with strengthening democracy in the bloc.

            • Serbia: A Testament to People Power

              Serbia: A Testament to People Power

              Dimitar BechevTuesday, December 14, 2021

                The fate of Serbia’s democracy is in the hands of its citizens. If the country is to move toward democratic accountability, it will be through bottom-up action, not the EU’s membership conditionality.

              • Judy Asks: Is the EU Politically Committed to Its Eastern Partners?

                Judy Asks: Is the EU Politically Committed to Its Eastern Partners?

                Judy DempseyThursday, December 09, 2021

                  The EU’s Eastern Partnership has brought tangible benefits to its member countries but does not reflect today’s geopolitical realities. The approaching summit is a chance to tailor the initiative to partners’ diverging needs.

                • Russia and China Mobilize Transatlantic Partners

                  Russia and China Mobilize Transatlantic Partners

                  Judy DempseyTuesday, December 07, 2021

                    Together, the United States and Europe can modernize the post–1945 international order. This requires a strong commitment to democracy and the defense of the norms and values that define the West.

                  • NATO Must Adapt to an Era of Hybrid Threats

                    NATO Must Adapt to an Era of Hybrid Threats

                    John R. DeniThursday, December 02, 2021

                      NATO struggles to respond to events falling in between the seams of collective defense, crisis management, and cooperative security. Allies should use the 2022 Strategic Concept to map out how they will deal with Russian and Chinese hybrid warfare.

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