China & Russia

India's role in the new world order

India's role in the new world order

26 September 2008
Few doubt that India's geopolitical role will grow. But what kind of impact will India make on the world's economic and political order?
Can the next US president heal the transatlantic rift?

Can the next US president heal the transatlantic rift?

Tomas Valasek
19 September 2008
There are two schools of thought on what the election of a new US president will mean for transatlantic relations. The optimists argue that relations will improve significantly.
The EU's toolbox for Russia

The EU's toolbox for Russia

Katinka Barysch
15 September 2008
Last week, Russia belatedly signed up to a timetable for pulling back its troops from the ‘buffer’ zone in Georgia. The EU, and its current president, Nicolas Sarkozy, deserve credit for having brokered the initial ceasefire and then pushing hard for Russia to follow the terms. The important question now is how the EU will respond in case tensions do not ease, or even grow further.
What does the war in Georgia mean for EU foreign policy?

What does the war in Georgia mean for EU foreign policy?

Tomas Valasek
15 August 2008
The war in Georgia divided the European Union instead of uniting it. Some member-states condemned Russia and gave (non-military) aid to the Georgian government; others accused Tbilisi of provoking the war.
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The next US president should forget the League of Democracies

David Hannay
01 August 2008
Expectations of a transatlantic honeymoon after the US presidential election are absurdly high. Most Europeans are enjoying the giddy delights of Obamamania, while also thinking that John McCain would do a lot better than the despised George W Bush.
Russia and the multipolar myth

Russia and the multipolar myth

Bobo Lo
04 July 2008
I attended a curious conference the other week in Moscow. It was a posh event with a stellar cast and the grand, even pompous, title of ‘Forging common futures in a multipolar world’.
Can the EU thaw frozen conflicts

Can the EU thaw frozen conflicts

Tomas Valasek
30 June 2008
The Czech government floated proposals in May that would see the EU take a more active role in solving frozen conflicts in eastern Europe. The Czechs hold the EU’s rotating presidency next year, so their wish may become reality.
Humanising China

Humanising China

Bobo Lo
05 June 2008
An extraordinary thing happened to China the other week. Not the Sichuan earthquake, even though that was an enormous, catastrophic event. Nor even the phenomenal popular response to this tragedy.
Four pillars for an EU-India partnership

Four pillars for an EU-India partnership

02 June 2008
Until recently, neither the EU nor India took their relationship very seriously. That is starting to change, thanks to burgeoning economic ties.
Towards better days in EU-US relations

Towards better days in EU-US relations

Tomas Valasek
02 June 2008
As the field of candidates in the US presidential election dwindles, the future of US foreign policy is becoming clearer. The changes, as seen from Europe, will be mostly for the better.
Can Europe and China shape a new world order?

Can Europe and China shape a new world order?

01 May 2008
A new world order is emerging, with multiple centres of power. But will this order be multilateral, with governments accepting global rules and institutions? Or will the strongest states assert their interests unilaterally, without regard to international law?
For a new Iran policy

For a new Iran policy

Christoph Bertram
01 April 2008
For almost six years now the West has tried – and failed – to stop the Iranian nuclear programme. Instead, nuclear enrichment has become a matter of Iranian national pride and sovereignty.
Russia

Dmitry Medvedev - Putin clone or the new man?

Bobo Lo
13 March 2008
As Dmitry Medvedev walked across Red Square to join the concert celebrating his crushing victory in the Russian presidential elections, he could have been forgiven for wondering whether he had reached the pinnacle of achievement or been handed a poisoned chalice.
Time for the Export-Weltmeister to start consuming

Time for the Export-Weltmeister to start consuming

13 February 2008
Too many Europeans are blaming the US for the economic slowdown in Europe, as if everything would have been fine if only the Americans were not so irresponsible. This is complacent.
Poland’s bold new foreign policy

Poland’s bold new foreign policy

01 February 2008
For the rest of Europe, the worst thing about Poland’s Law and Justice government, led by Jaroslaw Kaczynski, was its foreign policy. His approach towards Russia, Germany and (sometimes) the EU – supported by his twin brother, President Lech Kaczynski – was confrontational.
Don't be fooled: Bali was no breakthrough

Don't be fooled: Bali was no breakthrough

18 December 2007
The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali produced as much as it was ever likely to do. There was no breakthrough, contrary to the claims of some that attended the conference.
Preparing for the multipolar world

Preparing for the multipolar world: European foreign and security policy in 2020

Charles Grant, Tomas Valasek
18 December 2007
The world is becoming increasingly multipolar. Will that mean democratic poles lining up against autocracies, in two competing camps? Or will all the leading powers support multilateral institutions?