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.*
By leading a new diplomatic effort to end the conflict and begin reconstruction, Trump could both extricate the U.S. from the conflict and help stabilize the region.
The EU’s twin policy of peacemaking and state building in the Middle East is unachievable. Now, the union must choose between preventing the status quo from deteriorating and embracing a one-state reality.
The dangerous standoff between Iran and the United States has exposed Europe’s political and strategic weakness and its inability to exert any influence in the region.
The current escalation between the United States and Iran bears similarities to the run-up to the 2003 Iraq invasion. Yet while the danger of military confrontation is real, there are also important differences.
A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.
Clashes between the Government of National Accord and its eastern opponents are tearing Libya apart and poses a serious security threat to the EU.
Any paralysis on EU foreign policy regarding the union’s borderlands would be strategically and geopolitically shortsighted.
Stuck in the present and with no viable perspective for positive change, Iranian citizens feel powerless.
Faced with external and internal threats, Iran is resorting to old-style nationalism.