• The EU’s Humiliating Failure in Bosnia
    Kurt Bassuener
    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.

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

      Judy DempseyThursday, October 28, 2021

        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.

      • 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.

        • Continuity and Change in Belarusian Societal Attitudes

          Gwendolyn SasseThursday, October 21, 2021

            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.

          • Why Northern Ireland Matters for Europe

            Judy DempseyTuesday, October 19, 2021

              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.

            • Judy Asks: Has the EU Lost the Western Balkans?

              Judy DempseyThursday, 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.

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