EU and the World

  • The Russia-NATO Crisis Tests Turkey’s Balancing Policy
    January 25, 2022

    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?

    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

      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 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

          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

            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

              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

                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

                  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 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

                      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

                        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.

                        • The Other Britain Waiting to Surface

                          Peter KellnerTuesday, November 30, 2021

                            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.

                          • The EU Should Stand Firm on Turkey

                            Marc PieriniTuesday, November 23, 2021

                              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.

                            • Judy Asks: Is Europe in Denial About Russia?

                              Judy DempseyThursday, November 18, 2021

                                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.

                              • How Europe Can Build Upon COP26

                                Olivia LazardTuesday, November 16, 2021

                                  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.

                                • Lukashenko Uses Migrants to Exploit Europe’s Vulnerability

                                  Judy DempseyTuesday, November 09, 2021

                                    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.

                                  • The EU’s Humiliating Failure in Bosnia

                                    Kurt BassuenerThursday, November 04, 2021

                                      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.

                                    • The West Cannot Rescue Arms Control Alone

                                      Judy DempseyTuesday, November 02, 2021

                                        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.

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

                                        Richard YoungsTuesday, October 26, 2021

                                          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.

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