To deal with Iran and the Middle East, Britain needs EU support as much as the EU needs a serious defense and security policy. Neither will materialize when the summer pause ends.*
Clashes between the Government of National Accord and its eastern opponents are tearing Libya apart and poses a serious security threat to the EU.
European leaders must acknowledge that the peace project on which the EU built its reputation is today inadequate for defending its values and interests or acting strategically.
As China asserts its growing military, political, and economic power, European countries should follow Paris’s lead by deepening ties with India and other democracies.
In a time of worsening security in the neighborhood and uncertainty about relations with the United States, traditional European alliances are beginning to falter.
It is becoming increasingly clear that the alliance today is ill-prepared to deal with myriad complex threats.
The alliance’s reflex is to shy away from political discussions. This doesn’t bode well when it comes to even thinking about developing a shared strategic outlook toward China.
New actors are contesting the basic norms of statehood, borders, and non-intervention at the local, state, regional, and global levels. But is Europe prepared?
Berlin’s consistent calls to protect multilateralism in the wake of President Donald Trump’s verbal attacks on the post-1945 institutions often ring hollow.
The EU is right to take a more comprehensive approach to the Middle East and resist attempts to demonize Iran, but it must carefully craft its approach to avoid endangering the security alliance with the US that it depends on.