Europe in the World

ASEM: from words to action?
28 September 2010
Ger-bart Egberts (External authors), Shada Islam (Director Europe & Geopolitics, Friends of Europe) and Cher Suet-yi Lai (External authors)

This Policy Brief by Shada Islam, Ger-bart Egberts and Cher Suet-yi Lai says that Asian and European Union leaders attending the eighth ASEM meeting in Brussels on 4-5 October must send a strong message of solidarity to boost global recovery and economic growth.


The EU as a counter-terrorism actor abroad: finding opportunities, overcoming constraints
27 September 2010
Erik Brattberg (External authors), Mark Rhinard (Senior Adviser to EPC on societal security issues) and Peter Wennerholm (External authors)

Issued shortly after the anniversary of 9/11 and with renewed interest in how the new European External Action Service will change the EU’s foreign affairs priorities, this EPC Issue Paper by Peter Wennerholm, Erik Brattberg and Mark Rhinard, of The Swedish Institute of International Affairs, discusses the EU’s role in preventing the growth of counter-terrorism abroad in five key countries, where the security situation remains fragile.


Nagorno-Karabakh – A ticking time bomb
17 September 2010
Amanda Paul (Senior Policy Analyst)

With recent intensified skirmishes between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, this commentary by Amanda Paul looks at the current state of play, and says the international community gives the impression of being unconcerned about the increasing dangers of ‘war by accident’.


EU Strategic Partnerships: are they worth the name?
15 September 2010
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World)

On the eve of the European Council, called to discuss the Union’s foreign policy and in particular its relations with individual ‘partners’ (China, the BRICS, etc.), this commentary by Rosa Balfour questions whether strategic partnerships are worth keeping in their current shape.


Europe and rising Asia must re-engage in a new partnership
12 July 2010
Shada Islam (Director Europe & Geopolitics, Friends of Europe)

As Asian and European officials meet this week in Brussels to prepare for October’s ASEM Summit, this EPC commentary by Shada Islam says the meeting offers an important opportunity to inject much-needed new life into the Asia-Europe relationship, and rekindle the excitement of the first ASEM summit.


Euro-Mediterranean blues
8 June 2010
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World)

This Commentary by Rosa Balfour describes the debacle surrounding the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), whose second Summit, scheduled for 7 June was unceremoniously postponed.


transCaspian policy platform
31 May 2010


To stabilise Afghanistan, give a stronger voice to civil society
30 April 2010
Shada Islam (Director Europe & Geopolitics, Friends of Europe) and Aleksandra Styś (External authors)

Without the active involvement of ordinary citizens, Afghanistan will be unable to achieve long-term stability and growth, as security cannot be achieved by military presence alone, say Shada Islam and Aleksandra Styś in this commentary.


Europe's contribution to anti-corruption efforts in Sub-Saharan Africa
31 March 2010
John T. Kaninda (External authors) and Stefan Schepers (Secretary General of independent tripartite High Level Group on Innovation Policy Management)

Following on from the publication of the World Bank Report on ‘quiet corruption in Africa’ this EPC Policy Brief says corruption is costing African economies $148 billion a year as lax regulations allow socially-irresponsible European companies to milk many Sub-Saharan African countries of their assets.


Ukraine under Yanukovych: plus ca change?
19 February 2010
Amanda Paul (Senior Policy Analyst)

In this Commentary Amanda Paul looks at the challenges facing Ukraine’s future President Viktor Yanukovych: creating political and economic stability, improving governance and strengthening the rule of law.


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