China & Russia

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.
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The slow dance between Minsk and Brussels

10 April 2015
Buffeted by events in Ukraine, Belarus’s leaders are trying to balance their dependency on Moscow by enhancing ties with the EU. Brussels is responding.
Frozen: The politics and economics of sanctions against Russia

Frozen: The politics and economics of sanctions against Russia

Christian Odendahl, Ian Bond, Jennifer Rankin
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.
Reduced to rouble?

Reduced to rouble? An update on the Russian economy

Christian Odendahl
24 February 2015
The Russian economy is heading for a long recession. Economic collapse, which could still occur, is not in the West's interests.
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.
Iran nuclear talks: Patience is a virtue

Iran nuclear talks: Patience is a virtue

Rem Korteweg
13 November 2014
The EU and US should extend the nuclear negotiations with Iran. The falling oil price could pressure Tehran to compromise.
Ukraine, Russia and the EU

Ukraine, Russia and the EU

30 September 2014
So long as Ukraine’s state and economy remain weak, Russia may be tempted into making further incursions. The West must therefore help to strengthen the country.
No easy choices: Realpolitik in Mesopotamia

No easy choices: Realpolitik in Mesopotamia

Rem Korteweg
26 September 2014
To fight ISIS, the West will have to engage with its friends in the region, and its foes.
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.
Three things for NATO to think about

Three things for NATO to think about

29 July 2014
NATO’s summit in September should decide what to do, with whom and how. Russia’s new-style warfare in Ukraine should make the alliance think.
A presence farther east: Can Europe play a strategic role in the Asia-Pacific re

A presence farther east: Can Europe play a strategic role in the Asia-Pacific region?

Rem Korteweg
25 July 2014
Europe should increase its role to promote East Asian security. Its economic interests, transatlantic ties and relations with Asian partners are in jeopardy.
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Russia's gas deal with China: Business is business

Ian Bond, Rem Korteweg
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.
Will Europe scratch Japan's back?

Will Europe scratch Japan's back?

Rem Korteweg
06 June 2014
Japan is drawing parallels between Russian and Chinese power politics. Tokyo supports European interests in Ukraine and elsewhere, but will Europe help Japan in its neighbourhood?
CER bulletin - Issue 96

Issue 96 - 2014

Charles Grant, Christian Odendahl, Rem Korteweg, Simon Tilford
06 June 2014
What is wrong with German foreign policy?

What is wrong with German foreign policy?

06 May 2014
Events in Ukraine give Germany a chance to lead EU foreign policy - if its own policy become less commercially-driven, and more strategic.
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...
How to reduce dependence on Russian gas

How to reduce dependence on Russian gas

Stephen Tindale
10 April 2014
Europe should improve energy efficiency, develop all alternative gas sources, and expand renewable, CCS and nuclear energy. The foreign policy advantages would justify the cost.