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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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.
Security in the age of austerity: You get what you pay for

Security in the age of austerity: You get what you pay for

08 April 2015
Europe’s neighbourhood is too dangerous for decisions on defence budgets to be left to austerity-minded finance ministers. The UK should set a good example.
Frozen: The politics and economics of sanctions against Russia

Frozen: The politics and economics of sanctions against Russia

16 March 2015
Western sanctions are hurting Russia more than Europe. They will remain an essential tool to prevent a strong and aggressive Russia dominating its neighbours.
Russia's war

Russia's war in Ukraine: Is Minsk the end, or just the start?

13 February 2015
Putin was the winner in Minsk. Fighting in Ukraine is paused, not finished. Ukraine must reform faster, while the West adapts to confrontation with Russia.
Annual report 2014

Annual report 2014

02 February 2015
Charles Grant discusses three challenges facing the EU in 2015: the combined problems of Russia and Ukraine; the continuing fragility of the eurozone; and the growing risk of Brexit.
Ukraine after the elections

Ukraine after the elections: Democracy and the barrel of a gun

27 November 2014
Ukraine’s elections were good news, but there is plenty of bad: political, economic and military.
Hungary and the West: We need to talk about Viktor

Hungary and the West: We need to talk about Viktor

26 November 2014
Hungary under Viktor Orban is backsliding on democratic values. Member-states need to look for ways to bring Orban back into liberal European mainstream.
The challenge to the West: Restoring European deterrence

The challenge to the West: Restoring European deterrence

03 September 2014
With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, deterrence in Europe has broken down. The EU and NATO must show resolve if they are to restore it.
Dealing with Russia: law, jaw and war

Dealing with Russia: Law, jaw and war

08 August 2014
The EU should be ready to take more steps against Russia, and help defend Ukraine – but also talk directly to Putin to try to change his mind.