Capitals Series

  • Letter From Algiers
    February 19, 2016

    Algerians want Europe to be far more involved in promoting democracy, freedom of the media, independent civil society, and migration issues.

  • Letter From Amman

    Ahmad Masa’dehThursday, February 11, 2016

      EU initiatives in Jordan should focus on projects that lead to real political development and enhance the welfare and life quality of Jordanian citizens.

    • Letter From Tunis

      Walid HaddoukFriday, February 05, 2016

        Despite over two decades of partnership, it is unclear whether the EU’s approach toward Tunisia has increased the country’s economic and social wealth.

      • Letter From Jerusalem

        Menachem KleinFriday, January 29, 2016

          Because of the distance between them, the EU and Israel have serious misperceptions of each other. That puts the EU in a strategic, political, and moral dilemma.

        • Letter From Damascus

          Salam KawakibiFriday, January 22, 2016

          If the Europeans do not take the Syrian conflict seriously, other global actors will not take the Europeans seriously either.

        • The EU’s Benign Neglect of Eastern Europe

          Judy DempseyFriday, January 15, 2016

            To the EU’s detriment, its policy toward its Eastern neighbors is neither creating an arc of stability nor encouraging democracy.

          • Letter From Tbilisi

            Nino LejavaFriday, December 11, 2015

              Georgia tries to distance itself from the rest of the South Caucasus through a process of integration with the West. But that process is far from plain sailing.

            • Letter From Chişinău

              Igor BoțanFriday, December 04, 2015

                In the last five years, Moldova has gone from success story to captured state. Any EU support for the country should be linked to the fight against corruption.

              • Letter From Baku

                Emin MilliFriday, November 27, 2015

                  The EU’s problem in Azerbaijan is that it lacks leverage. Smart and targeted sanctions against certain government figures would help.

                • Letter From Minsk

                  Andrei YahorauFriday, November 20, 2015

                    If the EU wants a reliable partner in Belarus, the country must be transformed into a more democratic state. Only the Belarusian people can achieve this transformation.

                  • Letter From Yerevan

                    Mikayel ZolyanFriday, November 13, 2015

                      Armenia needs to find its own voice on foreign policy and ensure that its international partnerships do not limit the country’s ability to make sovereign decisions.

                    • Letter From Kiev

                      Mikhail MinakovFriday, November 06, 2015

                        There is a serious mismatch between the goals and instruments of the EU’s policy toward Ukraine. The EU seems to be missing the point in its relations with Kiev.

                      • Europe’s Pathetic Lack of Foreign Policy Ambition

                        Judy DempseyFriday, August 07, 2015

                        The European Union is strategically and politically ill prepared to make a difference at the regional or global level.

                      • Letter From the Brussels Bubble

                        Ian TraynorFriday, July 31, 2015

                          Despite some recent successes, the European Union’s foreign policy lacks ambition. What will it take to shake the EU out of its complacency and bickering?

                        • Letter From Zagreb

                          Žarko PuhovskiFriday, July 24, 2015

                            Croatia’s foreign policy paints a gloomy picture. One way for Zagreb to raise its game could be by contributing to major initiatives led by the bigger EU member states.

                          • Letter From The Hague

                            Louise van Schaik, Margriet DrentFriday, July 17, 2015

                              Dutch foreign policy is relatively engaged and ambitious. But the Netherlands lacks a clear vision on key security issues and on ways to mitigate risks.

                            • Letter From Bucharest

                              Armand Goșu, Octavian ManeaFriday, July 10, 2015

                                As a country on the Eastern edge of NATO and the EU, Romania spends most of its diplomatic resources on regional security priorities.

                              • Letter From Helsinki

                                René NybergFriday, July 03, 2015

                                  Finland has found a way to reconcile with Russia. Yet this great-power neighbor remains Helsinki’s insoluble security dilemma.

                                • Letter From Nicosia

                                  Nicholas KaridesFriday, June 26, 2015

                                    Cyprus could play a major geopolitical role in the Eastern Mediterranean. Yet for reasons both within and outside its control, Nicosia has yet to exploit this potential.

                                  • Letter From Budapest

                                    Botond Feledy, András RáczFriday, June 19, 2015

                                      Budapest’s overly close relationship to Moscow poses a strategic risk not only to Hungary’s national interests but also to the country’s EU and NATO partners.

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