The Russia-NATO Crisis Tests Turkey’s Balancing Policy

Ankara’s drone sales to Kiev have angered Moscow. A military escalation in and around Ukraine would endanger Turkey’s relationship with Russia, impair its participation in NATO operations, or both.

  • Third Time Lucky for Armenia and Turkey?

    Third Time Lucky for Armenia and Turkey?

    Thomas de WaalThursday, January 20, 2022

      For the third time in three decades, Ankara and Yerevan are trying to normalize relations. In a region plagued by rivalry, distrust, and historical grievances, this will be no easy feat.

    • China’s Bullying of Lithuania Spurs European Unity

      China’s Bullying of Lithuania Spurs European Unity

      Judy DempseyTuesday, January 18, 2022

        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.

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