Judy Dempsey’s
Strategic Europe

    • Tuesday, December 07, 2021

    Russia and China Mobilize Transatlantic Partners

    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.

    • Thursday, December 02, 2021

    NATO Must Adapt to an Era of Hybrid Threats

    • John R. Deni

    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.

    • Tuesday, November 30, 2021

    The Other Britain Waiting to Surface

    Boris Johnson ignores the old truth that blaming scapegoats is one way to a run a campaign but no way to run a country. While this lasts, the flame of rational, outward-looking patriotism must be kept alight by Britain’s civil society.

    • Thursday, November 25, 2021

    Germany’s New Government Upends the Status Quo

    A new coalition in Germany has ambitious plans to modernize a country that slipped into complacency and risk aversion. Its newfound energy could give the EU a much-needed impulse.

    • Tuesday, November 23, 2021

    The EU Should Stand Firm on Turkey

    To avoid an open rule-of-law dialogue with the EU, Turkey is being selective in its areas of engagement with the bloc. The union must make clear that compartmentalizing EU-Turkey relations to suit Ankara’s domestic political convenience is not acceptable.

    • Thursday, November 18, 2021

    Judy Asks: Is Europe in Denial About Russia?

    Most European leaders are disillusioned with Russia. But continuing divisions inside the EU over how to deal with the Kremlin prevent a coherent Russia strategy and play into the hands of Putin.

    • Tuesday, November 16, 2021

    How Europe Can Build Upon COP26

    If climate action fails, the EU will succumb to economic breakdown of supply chains and migratory pressures. To avoid this, the bloc must advance climate justice and restore trust between developed and developing economies.

    • Tuesday, November 09, 2021

    Lukashenko Uses Migrants to Exploit Europe’s Vulnerability

    The EU has been slow and irresolute in stopping Minsk from using migrants as a hybrid weapon to weaken the bloc. A migration and asylum policy—not a fortress Europe—is the answer.

    • Thursday, November 04, 2021

    The EU’s Humiliating Failure in Bosnia

    • Kurt Bassuener

    The EU has long been the dominant player in Bosnia and Herzegovina, however its policy toward the country and the Western Balkans more broadly is failing. A recent vote in the UN Security Council has destroyed what was left of the union’s credibility.

    • Tuesday, November 02, 2021

    The West Cannot Rescue Arms Control Alone

    The global arms control regime is disintegrating. To reverse this trend, Europe and the United States will have to find a way to engage both Russia and China.

    • Thursday, October 28, 2021

    Judy Asks: Is Europe’s Energy Crisis Self-Inflicted?

    Europe is facing soaring gas prices. To avoid further crises, the EU should speed up its transition to renewables, reduce dependence on Russia, and formulate a coherent energy policy.

    • Tuesday, October 26, 2021

    COP26 and the Foreign Policy Blind Spot in Europe’s Climate Action

    As a leader in international climate diplomacy, the EU still lacks an ecological foreign policy. The union will need to make some far-reaching changes to its geopolitical strategies if it is to place ecological imperatives above other interests.

    • Thursday, October 21, 2021

    Continuity and Change in Belarusian Societal Attitudes

    Among Belarusians, trust in the political elite remains low while the perceived effectiveness of EU sanctions is decreasing. The union must keep the latter in mind when assessing its strategy toward the country.

    • Tuesday, October 19, 2021

    Why Northern Ireland Matters for Europe

    Because of Brexit, a peace accord that ended decades of conflict in Northern Ireland is hanging by a thread. The stability of this part of Europe depends on the EU and Britain finding a compromise.

    • Thursday, October 14, 2021

    Judy Asks: Has the EU Lost the Western Balkans?

    The EU remains the Western Balkans’ primary trading partner and investor. But failing to step up engagement and deliver on enlargement promises will come at a high cost and benefit the likes of Russia and China.

    • Tuesday, October 12, 2021

    The High Cost of An Unpredictable Turkey

    With twenty months left until Turkey’s legislative and presidential elections, the political debate will be fierce. The West may choose to sit it out rather than see its relationship with Ankara deteriorate even further.

    • Thursday, October 07, 2021

    France’s Indo-Pacific “Third Way”

    Despite the fallout over AUKUS, France does not intend to withdraw from the Indo-Pacific. The diplomatic crisis has given President Macron a chance to make his country’s voice heard on a major geostrategic issue.

    • Tuesday, October 05, 2021

    Europe’s New Walls

    Belarus is illegally sending migrants to Lithuania and Poland in response to these governments’ outspoken criticism of Lukashenko’s crackdown on the opposition. This cynical strategy is prompting the EU to forge its own short-sighted migration policy.

    • Thursday, September 30, 2021

    Judy Asks: Can Germany Provide Leadership to Europe?

    Berlin’s ability and willingness to lead Europe cannot be taken for granted. Any new coalition will first have to overcome major internal differences on climate, foreign policy, and defense before tackling the EU’s future direction.

    • Tuesday, September 28, 2021

    Australia and the Cost of Texting Europe

    • Geoff Kitney

    Unconvinced by the EU’s stance toward an increasingly assertive China, Australia has sidelined Europe in its approach to the Indo-Pacific. This places Canberra’s trade and diplomatic relations with Europe at risk.

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