Judy Dempsey’s
Strategic Europe

    • Thursday, January 20, 2022

    Third Time Lucky for Armenia and Turkey?

    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.

    • Tuesday, January 18, 2022

    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.

    • Thursday, January 13, 2022

    Judy Asks: Can Diplomacy Rescue European Security?

    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.

    • Tuesday, January 11, 2022

    Kazakhstan: Secrets, Lies, and Foreign Troops

    • Luca Anceschi

    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.

    • Thursday, January 06, 2022

    Europe and the United States Play Into Putin’s Hands

    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.

    • Tuesday, December 21, 2021

    Why Europe Must Boost Civil Society Support

    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.*

    • Thursday, December 16, 2021

    Europe Needs a New Reckoning on Security and Democracy

    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.

    • Tuesday, December 14, 2021

    Serbia: A Testament to People Power

    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.

    • Thursday, December 09, 2021

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

    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.

    • 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.

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