Democracy and Rule of Law

    • Research

    Redefining the U.S.-Turkey Relationship

    To fix their troubled relationship, the United States and Turkey should take gradual, concrete steps that build confidence and focus on common agendas.

    • Strategic Europe

    Europe’s Looming Unpredictable Autumn

    There will be no respite when European leaders return from a summer break punctuated by floods, cyber attacks, coronavirus, and challenges to the EU’s rule of law. All the more reason for them to explain to citizens what is at stake for Europe’s future.*

    • Strategic Europe

    The Europe Angela Merkel Leaves Behind

    Chancellor Merkel’s last official visit to the White House holds a special political significance. President Biden has placed human rights and rule of law at the top of his agenda, just as these values are under attack from within and outside Europe.

    • Research

    Vaccine Geopolitics and the EU’s Ailing Credibility in the Western Balkans

    • Ana E. Juncos
    • July 08, 2021

    The coronavirus pandemic has strained the EU’s efforts to promote democracy. Nowhere is this clearer than in the Western Balkans, where China and Russia have used vaccine diplomacy to strengthen their roles in the region.

    • Strategic Europe

    How the EU Can Engage Russian Civil Society

    The European Union must ensure the survival of Russian civil society that is now subject to unprecedented repression. It also needs a strategy to respond quickly in case a narrow window of opportunity for democratic change opens in Russia.

    • Research

    Central European Support for Democracy: New Drivers and Challenges

    To reap the benefits of being valuable partners in promoting democracy abroad, the Visegrad Four countries must address democratic backsliding at home, improve coordination among themselves, and make bigger financial commitments.

    • Strategic Europe

    The EU-U.S. Summit Is a Test for New Transatlantic Cooperation

    The Americans and Europeans have to reconcile their differences in dealing with authoritarian regimes. This is an immense challenge facing these democracies.

    • Strategic Europe

    Judy Asks: Can EU Sanctions Change Lukashenko?

    EU sanctions will not change Belarusian leader Lukashenko’s determination to cling to power, but they send an important signal. To avoid isolating ordinary citizens, the EU must combine sanctions with enhanced support for Belarusian civil society.

    • Strategic Europe

    Europe Is Finally Waking Up Over Belarus

    It took the hijacking of a plane and the kidnapping of a journalist to shake Europe out of its complacency over Belarus. Beyond sanctions, the EU’s response should include supporting Belarusian society and reconsidering Nord Stream 2.

    • Strategic Europe

    The Powerlessness of the Palestinians

    The renewed fighting between Israel and Hamas should be a catalyst for ending the unsustainable status quo in the region. Negotiating a ceasefire and rebuilding trust will require an immense diplomatic effort by the United States and regional actors.

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