• Judy Asks: Has the EU Lost the Western Balkans?
    October 14, 2021

    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.

  • The High Cost of An Unpredictable Turkey

    Marc PieriniTuesday, October 12, 2021

      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.

    • France’s Indo-Pacific “Third Way”

      Philippe Le CorreThursday, October 07, 2021

        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.

      • Europe’s New Walls

        Judy DempseyTuesday, October 05, 2021

          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.

        • Judy Asks: Can Germany Provide Leadership to Europe?

          Judy DempseyThursday, September 30, 2021

            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.

          • Australia and the Cost of Texting Europe

            Geoff KitneyTuesday, September 28, 2021

              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.

            • Merkel’s Silence Over Defense Will Haunt Her Successor

              Judy DempseyThursday, September 23, 2021

                Germany’s next chancellor will have to finally define Berlin’s security and defense interests. That means addressing the future of U.S. nuclear weapons stationed in the country and the desperate need to modernize Germany’s armed forces.

              • What the U.S.-British-Australian Security Pact Means for Europe

                Rosa BalfourTuesday, September 21, 2021

                  The military alliance forged between the United States, Australia, and the UK at the expense of France will lead to new alignments and could profoundly impact the transatlantic relationship. The United States and its European allies should know what’s at stake.

                • Judy Asks: Will the Afghanistan Debacle Change Your Country’s Foreign and Security Policy?

                  Judy DempseyThursday, September 16, 2021

                    The chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan has left European capitals skeptical about such missions and critical of American leadership. The debacle should lead to frank discussions about NATO’s role and the EU’s defense ambitions.

                  • Germany’s Vote Should Set the Pace for Europe

                    Judy DempseyTuesday, September 14, 2021

                      This German federal election is crucial for Europe’s future. Angela Merkel’s successor has the choice of leading Europe toward more integration and strategic relevance or abetting its gradual, inexorable decline.

                    • Georgian Democracy Is Dying By a Thousand Cuts

                      Thomas de WaalThursday, September 09, 2021

                        For Georgia’s ruling party, regime survival seems to trump all other considerations. Georgian Dream’s fight with Western partners and persistent political polarization risk undoing the country’s democratic progress.

                      • Afghanistan Will Not Make Europe a Defense Player

                        Judy DempseyTuesday, September 07, 2021

                          Blaming NATO and the United States for the West’s failure in Afghanistan won’t help Europe establish a credible security and defense policy. Its continued absence leaves the EU’s citizens and neighborhoods vulnerable.

                        • Judy Asks: Should the West Talk to the Taliban?

                          Judy DempseyThursday, September 02, 2021

                            Western governments must be clear that any eventual engagement with the Taliban will have strict conditions, including respect for women’s rights. Speaking to the Taliban leadership should not be equated with legitimizing the new regime.

                          • The Hollowness of Global Britain

                            Peter KellnerTuesday, August 31, 2021

                              Illusions about the UK’s special relationship with the United States and a supposedly painless Brexit have been shed. The inability of Boris Johnson’s government to face up to that makes it impossible to define a new role for Britain in the world.

                            • The Message of Merkel’s Last Official Visits to Russia and Ukraine

                              Gwendolyn SasseThursday, August 26, 2021

                                The German chancellor’s legacy with regard to Russia and Ukraine is mixed, if not contradictory. Still, her successor is unlikely to show the same level of interest, commitment, or clout in their relations with Kiev and Moscow.

                              • What Afghanistan Should Mean for Europe

                                Judy DempseyTuesday, August 24, 2021

                                  The fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban lays bare Europe’s lack of strategic foresight and dangerous dependence on the United States. The EU must address its shortcomings or risk losing the ability to defend its values and interests.

                                • Europe’s Looming Unpredictable Autumn

                                  Judy DempseyThursday, July 22, 2021

                                    There will be no respite when European leaders return from a summer break punctuated by floods, cyber attacks, coronavirus, and challenges to the EU’s rule of law. All the more reason for them to explain to citizens what is at stake for Europe’s future.*

                                  • The Europe Angela Merkel Leaves Behind

                                    Judy DempseyThursday, July 15, 2021

                                      Chancellor Merkel’s last official visit to the White House holds a special political significance. President Biden has placed human rights and rule of law at the top of his agenda, just as these values are under attack from within and outside Europe.

                                    • The Price of Britain’s Megaphone Diplomacy With the EU

                                      Peter KellnerThursday, July 08, 2021

                                        The coming months may well see more bitterness and friction in UK-EU relations. These tensions threaten to unravel the fragile 1998 Good Friday Agreement, which has largely kept violence at bay in Northern Ireland.

                                      • The EU’s Green Agenda for the Western Balkans Packs a Risky Geopolitical Agenda

                                        Allison CarragherThursday, July 01, 2021

                                          EU funding mobilized for the Western Balkans’ green transformation could ultimately flow right into the coffers of Russia and China. The European Commission cannot ignore the geopolitical implications of its Green Agenda for the region.

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