Iran, Turkey, and Russia are deepening their footprints in the Middle East, while the United States’ role is becoming more uncertain. The EU must now confront this new geopolitical landscape.
President Trump’s vow to “devastate” the Turkish economy if Ankara attacks Kurdish forces in Syria marks another troubling development in the souring U.S.-Turkey relationship.
EU-NATO maritime cooperation in the Mediterranean has by and large been successful at the tactical level. However, operational achievements did not produce strategic effects.
The Assad regime’s ascendancy has pushed the EU and European governments onto the back foot. Europe needs to rethink its foreign policy priorities—and fast.
For decentralization in Tunisia to be successful, the central government, local government, civil society, and international donors must each invest in the process.
The ultimate resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains the two-state solution, reached in a different manner. If the EU has a better alternative, let them present it—but do so quickly.
Turkey crucially needs EU markets, funds, and investment to prosper. This in turn requires the rule of law, not the rule of the arbitrary. Choices will have to be made in Ankara.
As the EU continues to face both internal and external challenges, the time has come for its foreign policy to adapt to these new parameters.
U.S. President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal should propel Europeans to stand their ground and mark the beginning of a more independent role for Europe in the world.
Policy watchers have to understand that their traditional methods of analysis do not count anymore. Whatever the issue, the U.S. president’s response is: me.