China & Russia

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?
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.
Can the EU help Belarus to guard its independence?

Can the EU help Belarus to guard its independence?

03 April 2014
The annexation of Crimea has made Belarus nervous. It plans to join Russia's Eurasian Economic Union - but also hopes for closer ties to the EU‎.
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.
Poland and Ukraine: A tale of two economies

Poland and Ukraine: A tale of two economies

31 March 2014
The EU finally needs to fulfil its moral obligation to Ukraine: to treat it like any other sovereign country trying to escape Russia's grasp.
Annual report 2013

Annual report 2013

10 February 2014
Charles Grant discusses the challenges facing the EU in 2014, such as the European elections, Britain's slide towards the exit and the continuing travails of the eurozone.
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.