Foreign policy & defence

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Turkey and the EU: Can stalemate be avoided?

Turkey and the EU: Can stalemate be avoided?

Katinka Barysch
16 December 2010
Turkey's accession to the EU is heading for an impasse. The bulk of the membership talks are blocked. Unless there is progress over Cyprus or Nicolas Sarkozy starts welcoming Turkish membership – both unlikely prospects – the EU and Turkey will soon run out of policy chapters to negotiate.
Britain cannot afford to neglect EU defence efforts

Britain cannot afford to neglect EU defence efforts

Clara Marina O'Donnell
01 December 2010
Britain is showing an unprecedented interest in closer defence co-operation with its European partners. The coalition government in London should be commended for initiating bilateral deals and projects amongst a limited number of EU countries.
Bulletin issue 75

Issue 75 - 2010

Charles Grant, Clara Marina O'Donnell, Simon Tilford
26 November 2010
Britain's defence review: Good news for European defence?

Britain's defence review: Good news for European defence?

Clara Marina O'Donnell
28 October 2010
On October 19th, the UK's coalition government published its 'strategic defence and security review' (SDSR), laying out the future shape of Britain's armed forces. As was to be expected at a time of budget austerity, the SDSR foresees significant cuts in military capabilities.
Ukraine turns away from democracy and the EU

Ukraine turns away from democracy and the EU

Tomas Valasek
15 October 2010
Ukraine is turning inwards and becoming increasingly authoritarian. The new president, Viktor Yanukovich, has taken steps to muzzle independent media, harass critics and sideline the opposition.
Europe and the Middle East - perspectives on Major Policy Issues

Europe and the Middle East - perspectives on Major Policy Issues: What does the future hold for the EU’s efforts in the Middle East?

Clara Marina O'Donnell
08 October 2010
Al Siyassa Al Dawliya/European Commission
The Middle East has been a region of major importance to the EU for decades; however, member-states have struggled to fulfil their objectives of supporting peace, prosperity and good governance amongst their southern neighbours.
US-EU

The midterm elections, Europe and US foreign policy

Tomas Valasek
01 October 2010
Though Barack Obama remains popular in Europe, he has his detractors there, particularly among foreign policy professionals.
Turkish politics and the fading magic of EU enlargement

Turkish politics and the fading magic of EU enlargement

Sinan Ulgen
07 September 2010
Open hostility towards Turkish accession in some EU countries has made it hard for Turkish politicians to continue preparing the country for membership.
How should Europe respond to sovereign investors in its defence sector?

How should Europe respond to sovereign investors in its defence sector?

Clara Marina O'Donnell
01 September 2010
A small number of sovereign investors, sometimes originating from non-democratic states, are buying shares in European aerospace and defence companies.
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Who is winning Eastern Europe's great game?

Katinka Barysch
19 July 2010
The US is withdrawing from the former Soviet space; the European Union struggles to be taken seriously there. Does that leave Russia free to strengthen its influence in the countries around its borders? Not necessarily, for the situation in the region is complex.
Membership for Russia a step too far for NATO?

Membership for Russia a step too far for NATO?

Tomas Valasek
08 July 2010
There are growing signs that Russia’s relations with NATO are on the mend. Senior Russian thinkers, some close to the government, have been cautiously talking up the possibility of Russia joining the alliance, as have several western officials and think-tanks (including the CER.)
A transatlantic defence market, forever elusive?

A transatlantic defence market, forever elusive?

Clara Marina O'Donnell
01 July 2010
Despite close political and military ties across the Atlantic, defence markets are fragmented by burdensome export controls and government reluctance to buy equipment from abroad.
NATO, new allies and reassurance

NATO, new allies and reassurance

Ronald Asmus, Stefan Czmur, Chris Donnelly, Aivis Ronis and Klaus Wittmann, Tomas Valasek
12 May 2010
NATO spends too little time thinking about potential conflicts close to home and developing the means to react. Some of its members – mostly in Central and Eastern Europe – worry that the alliance would not be able to come to their defence in a crisis.
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Human rights cannot be a luxury in Afghanistan

Joanna Buckley
07 May 2010
The Afghans with whom I worked in Bamyan province, Afghanistan, often asked me why foreigners were so concerned about the destruction of historical monuments yet seemingly so indifferent to the human suffering that occurred.
Should the Nabucco pipeline project be shelved?

Should the Nabucco pipeline project be shelved?

Katinka Barysch
05 May 2010
Nabucco - a pipeline to bring Caspian and perhaps Middle Eastern gas to Europe - is the flagship project of the EU's fledgling energy diplomacy. Nabucco would add to the EU's energy security, strengthen its neighbourhood policies and improve relations with Turkey.
Pakistan

The EU must deliver on its commitment to Pakistan

Clara Marina O'Donnell
01 April 2010
In April 2010 the EU will hold its second summit with Pakistan. The EU started holding these summits last year, as part of an effort to address security threats stemming from the country, especially the Islamist militants who use it as a safe haven to undermine the allied war effort...
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Building a European external action service: A difficult birth?

Hugo Brady, Natividad Fernández Sola
05 March 2010
TGAE report
In foreign policy terms, the EU’s global partners often have to deal with the competing external relations bureaucracies of the European Commission, the EU’s Council Secretariat (itself acting separately for both the HR and the six-month EU Presidency) as well as the different diplomatic services of the member states.
Can and should the EU and Russia reset their relationship?

Can and should the EU and Russia reset their relationship?

Katinka Barysch
22 February 2010
Russia's oil-fuelled boom has ended and President Medvedev is calling for radical improvements to the economy. Some EU politicians are tempted to offer Russia a 'modernisation partnership' to re-launch the stalled EU-Russia relationship.
Britain explores sharing defence equipment with Europe

Britain explores sharing defence equipment with Europe

Clara Marina O'Donnell
15 February 2010
With its public finances under growing strain, Britain may soon be forced to look at saving defence costs by pooling its military assets with those of its allies. The decision will not be taken until after the next general election (which will probably be held in May 2010). In the meantime, however, the issues at stake have been set out in a report published by the ministry of defence on February 3rd.