Europe’s Eastern Neighborhood

  • Strategic Europe

    Judy Asks: Can Diplomacy Rescue European Security?

    Faced with Russia’s military threat against Ukraine and demands for NATO to stop further expansion, the West wants a dialogue with Moscow. Diplomatic efforts that are not underpinned by hard power may not be enough to avert a war.

  • Commentary

    This Week Will Highlight the Near-Absence of the EU in the Ukraine Crisis

    This week's high-level diplomatic meetings involving Russia, the United States, and NATO mark a departure from recent years of minimal contact. Putin has forced this crisis diplomacy upon the West, and for him, this already constitutes success: it shows the world that Russia is a globally significant power to be reckoned with.

  • Strategic Europe

    Europe and the United States Play Into Putin’s Hands

    Transatlantic disunity and a lack of strategy over how to deal with Russia’s ultimatum is placing Europe’s security architecture at risk. The West has no choice but to put up a strong united front.

  • Commentary

    The EU Continues to Sanction Belarus. Some Belarusians Approve.

    Since October 2020, the European Union has gradually extended its sanctions against Belarus. Aimed to change the calculations and dynamics within the ruling elite, sanctions are now perceived as less important by the Belarusian people given the authoritarian regime's consolidation of power.

  • Commentary

    Russia-U.S. Face-Off: What Should We Expect in 2022?

    With increased summitry and frequent communication between Moscow and Washington, present-day Russia-U.S. relations harks back to the Cold War. To defuse tensions, the Americans must draw the Russians to the table and negotiate from a position of strength.

  • Strategic Europe

    Why Europe Must Boost Civil Society Support

    Civil society is under attack in the EU’s neighborhood. To defend democracy, academic freedom, and independent thought, Europe should step up its assistance to repressed voices.*

  • Commentary

    Moving on from the Eastern Partnership

    European governments need full-spectrum geopolitical engagement and commitment to the eastern region, not merely the kind of Eastern Partnership incrementalism seen at the summit.

  • Multimedia

    The Miserable State of EU-Russia Relations

    What is at stake is the post-Cold War era. Russia does not want to give up its control or influence over eastern Europe, whether it is Ukraine, Belarus, or Azerbaijan.

  • Strategic Europe

    Europe Needs a New Reckoning on Security and Democracy

    Differing threat perceptions in Western and Central Europe combined with democratic backsliding risk creating dangerous fractures within the EU. Building a shared understanding of today’s security challenges must go hand in hand with strengthening democracy in the bloc.

    • December 18, 2021
    Judy Dempsey
    The Miserable State of EU-Russia Relations
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    • July 17, 2016
    • Al Jazeera’s Inside Story
    Marc Pierini
    What Will Turkey’s Failed Coup Mean for Its Relations?
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    • May 01, 2014
    • Deutsche Welle
    Judy Dempsey
    Big EU, Big Success?
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