Europe in the World

NATO and the EU: what a difference a decade makes
17 July 2009

By December 2009, new teams will be in charge of Europe’s security and relations between the two key regional organisations dealing with it. As NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer prepares to hand over to former Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana announces he will not seek another term, this Commentary by Antonio Missiroli assesses the role of both organisations over the last decade and argues they can learn a lot from one another.


Preparing for transboundary threats: what role for the next Commission?
11 May 2009

This Policy Brief by Arjen Boin, Magnus Ekengren, Sara Myrdal and Mark Rhinard offers a series of recommendations for the next European Commission to lead the EU towards playing a clear, value-added role in coordinating transboundary crisis management.


Revitalising EU-Japan relations: time to move from rhetoric to action
30 April 2009

This Commentary by Shada Islam argues that while the EU-Japan meeting on 4 May is likely to attract the least attention, its significance should not be under-estimated.


After Georgia: conflict resolution in the EU's Eastern Neighbourhood
29 April 2009
Amanda Paul (Senior Policy Analyst)

This Issue Paper by Amanda Akçakoca, Thomas Vanhauwaert, Richard Whitman and Stefan Wolff analyses the conflicts over South Ossetia, Abkhazia, Transnistria and Nagorno-Karabakh, and makes a series of recommendations for more effective EU policies and approaches to enable it to play a stronger role in resolving these decades-old disputes.


Asian Voices in Europe
31 March 2009

Over the past year, the EPC and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation have continued their “Asian Voices in Europe” lecture series on economic, political and security developments in Asia and on EU-Asia relations.


Afghanistan: Europe's credibility test
24 March 2009

This Policy Brief by Shada Islam and Eva Gross argues that the Union needs to put both Afghanistan and Pakistan higher up its political agenda; coordinate and consolidate Europe’s different programmes, policies and representations; and take immediate action to ensure the success of its hitherto less-than-impressive EUPOL police mission.


United we stand - for now - Post-Summit Analysis
23 March 2009

This analysis concludes that the Summit did succeed in shaping and showing a united EU front on all the main issues on the agenda, and agreeing on a series of concrete coordinated steps – no mean achievement in light of the tensions in the run-up to the meeting.


Dealing with troubled neighbourhoods
12 February 2009
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World)

This Commentary by Rosa Balfour and Antonio Missiroli warns that doubts remain over the EU’s ability to take a genuinely strategic approach and to offer the right mix of tools and incentives to really make a difference.


UN Declaration of Human Rights at 60: what role for EU foreign policy?
8 December 2008
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World)

On the eve of the 60th anniversary of the United Nations’ Declaration of Human Rights, this Policy Brief by Rosa Balfour considers whether the EU’s portrayal of itself as a “unique” champion of human rights is justified.


Asia to the rescue? Prospects and trade-offs
28 November 2008

This Commentary by Shada Islam underlines that Asian support for global rescue packages will come with strings attached, requiring a strategic rethink of Asia’s global role and the implications for EU policy.


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