Ian Bond

Ian Bond

Director of foreign policy
Areas of expertise 

Russia and the former Soviet Union, European foreign policy, Europe/Asia relations, US foreign policy.

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Millstone or multiplier? EU foreign policy

Millstone or multiplier? EU foreign policy

30 November 2015
EU foreign policy co-operation gives Britain a chance to persuade 27 other countries to support British aims – but success depends on the UK showing more interest.

China's European charm offensive: Silk Road or Silk Rope?

27 November 2015
China is building closer relations with European countries, offering investments to all. EU member-states should welcome China’s contribution, without abandoning European values and interests.
EU foreign policy co-operation

EU foreign policy co-operation: A millstone or a multiplier for the UK?

12 October 2015
Submission to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee inquiry on the costs and benefits of EU membership for the UK's role in the world.
By participating actively in EU foreign policy co-operation, the UK can get 27 other countries to take co-ordinated actions aligned with British aims. It could...
The insoluble Syrian problem: Only wrong answers? thumbnail

The insoluble Syrian problem: Only wrong answers?

29 September 2015
No-one, including Putin, has a peace plan for Syria. The EU should stop pursuing unrealistic military and political aims and focus on helping the war’s victims.
Eastern mess: The EU's partners need attention

Eastern mess: The EU's partners need attention

24 September 2015
Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine signed EU association agreements in 2014, but reforms are now stalling. The EU needs to push the three governments to do more.
Refugee crisis

Europe’s refugee crisis: Chronicle of a death foretold

08 September 2015
To solve the refugee crisis, the EU should adopt a strategy that combines foreign policy and integration schemes. It should also reform its asylum law.
Chasing the dragon: Russia's courtship of China

Chasing the dragon: Russia's courtship of China

04 August 2015
Russia wants the West to fear a Moscow-Beijing axis. But China sees Russia as a route to Europe, not a destination in itself.
Greek foreign policy: The next ruin?

Greek foreign policy: The next ruin?

27 July 2015
Grexit could create a foreign policy mess for Europe. Despite its Russophilia, Syriza's current foreign policy may be the best on offer.

The Riga Summit: Enter, pursued by a bear

18 May 2015
The future of the EU’s Eastern Partnership is uncertain. Though it is under pressure from Russian hostility and EU apathy,  it can and should be saved.
Two cheers for Ukraine

Two cheers for Ukraine

30 April 2015
Ukraine’s reforms are advancing, but the Minsk peace deal is hard to implement; the military situation is threatening; and the economy is tottering. The EU should help more.