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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Russia’s gas deal with China: business is business thumbnail

Russia's gas deal with China: Business is business

25 June 2014
Russia's gas deal with China helps Beijing more than Moscow. It should also encourage the EU to reduce its energy dependence on Russia.
Devolution in Ukraine: Panacea or Pandora's Box?

Devolution in Ukraine: Panacea or Pandora's Box?

23 May 2014
The West and Russia both support devolution in Ukraine. But unless Ukraine first makes central government work, increased local powers will make things worse.
The EU and Russia: Uncommon spaces

The EU and Russia: Uncommon spaces

16 April 2014
The House of Lords has published a report on the EU and Russia, incorporating recommendations from this 2014 policy brief - a good guide to a troubled relationship.
Russia is challenging the EU’s values and interests, above all in Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus. The Union has struggled...
Europe and Russia: Continental divide?

Europe and Russia: Continental divide?

01 April 2014
In annexing Crimea, Putin has violated a taboo. The West should respond by deterring further adventurism, reinforcing regional security and encouraging change in Russia.
Human rights and policy wrongs

Human rights and policy wrongs

31 March 2014
British politicians love to criticise the European Convention on Human Rights. A closer look would show them that they should praise it, not bury it.
Ukraine after Yanukovych: Dropping the pirate?

Ukraine after Yanukovych: Dropping the pirate?

28 February 2014
President Yanukovych has gone but Ukraine's problems have not. Russia and the EU can help; but Ukrainians themselves need to undertake difficult reforms.
EU-Russia relations: Partnership on ice?

EU-Russia relations: Partnership on ice?

27 January 2014
The EU and Russia hold too many unproductive summits. The EU should defend its interests, instead of pretending that it has a partnership with Russia.
The EU and defence procurement

The EU and defence procurement

15 January 2014
Against a background of falling European defence budgets, the European Commission has sought to increase the efficiency of the European defence market by reducing barriers to intra-EU defence trade and by encouraging competition.
The Eastern Partnership: The road from Vilnius leads to ...?

The Eastern Partnership: The road from Vilnius leads to ...?

09 December 2013
The EU's Eastern Partners are increasingly heterogeneous. Reform-minded Georgia and Moldova deserve support; Ukraine needs tough love. The EU should stand up to Russian pressure.
Fail to plan, plan to fail: European security and defence

Fail to plan, plan to fail: European security and defence

29 November 2013
In December, EU leaders will discuss defence. Instead of wrangling over capability shortfalls, they should first agree what they want to achieve, and how.