World Archives

  • Kosovo’s fragile transition

    Global Europe 15-10-2008

    "Kosovo is proving to be a difficult test for EU security and defence policy," argues a September report from the International Crisis Group (ICG), which urges the bloc to show more determination to deliver on international commitments and avoid compromising ongoing negotiations with Russia over the deployment of a new EU defence mission to Georgia.

  • The EU and the Russia-Georgia war

    Global Europe 11-09-2008

    Russia's new willingness to act to extend its borders, the non-respect of international law and the "highly important energy game" are the main geopolitical issues raised by the country's "energetic" demonstration of force in the war with Georgia last August, write Jean-Dominique Guliani and Michel Foucher for the Robert Schuman Foundation.

  • Post-mortem on Europe’s first war of the 21st century

    Global Europe 04-09-2008

    Last month's war between Russia and Georgia has "shattered any remaining illusions over the frontiers of the normative map of Europe," according to Michael Emerson of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).

  • Crisis in the South Caucasus: Turkey’s Big Moment?

    Global Europe 03-09-2008

    The Georgia-Russia crisis offers Turkey "a unique chance to bolster its regional clout, check Russian and Iranian influence and help secure the flow of Western-bound oil and natural gas from former Soviet Central Asia and Azerbaijan," writes Amberin Zaman in an August analysis for the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

  • China as an international investor: in a class of its own

    Trade & Society 01-09-2008

    China is in a "class of its own" among the BRIC group of fast-growing economic powers and will "replace the United States as the world's largest economy by 2040," says Markus Jaeger of Deutsche Bank Research in an August paper. BRIC also comprises Brazil, Russia and India.

  • Can the EU win the peace in Georgia?

    Global Europe 27-08-2008

    The conflict between Georgia and Russia has seen the EU become the main diplomatic mediator between the two and it should use this status to develop peaceful relations in the region, argue Nicu Popescu et al. in an August 2008 commentary for the European Council on Foreign Relations.

  • What the war in Georgia means for EU policy

    Global Europe 25-08-2008

    The war in Georgia divided the EU instead of uniting it, while differences between its members' positions will thwart the bloc's attempts to develop a common Russia policy, writes Tomas Valasek in an August paper for the Centre for European Reform (CER).

  • Georgia conflict: Russia asserts itself

    Global Europe 20-08-2008

    Russia's invasion of Georgia has shown the world that the US, the EU and NATO are all "paper tigers" in that region, writes former US ambassador to Serbia and Montenegro William D. Montgomery for Belgrade media service B92.

  • Why Europe must learn to say ‘no’ to Russia

    Med & South 23-07-2008

    Despite the EU's strategic partnership with Russia, the bloc's friendliness towards that country "does not inspire respect"' in Russian eyes, writes former Lithuanian President Vytautas Landsbergis in the summer edition of Europe's World.

  • Resolving the Georgia-Abkhazia conflict: Why a greater EU role is needed

    Global Europe 14-07-2008

    The Abkhazian conflict has deteriorated to such an extent that there is a danger of renewed clashes in the region. Moreover, this will continue unless a credible international negotiating format is put in place, argue Ron Asmus of the German Marshall Fund of the United States and others in a June 2008 commentary.

  • Hello Neighbour! A new EU policy from Morocco to Azerbaijan

    Global Europe 08-07-2008

    The French EU Presidency's aim to boost the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) is "an opportunity to change the nature of the EU's relationship with the whole of its immediate neighbourhood," according to Joachim Fritz-Vannahme and others from the Bertelsmann Stiftung.  

  • Is Gazprom’s strategy political?

    Med & South 30-06-2008

    Europe's perception of Gazprom as "a political weapon of the Kremlin" is wrong, according to top Gazprom executive Alexander Medvedev. Writing in the June edition of Europe's World, he argues that the European Commission's energy thinking is a "cause for concern".

  • Redesigning the EU’s trade policy towards China

    Science & Policymaking 21-05-2008

    The EU should adopt a "global approach" towards China that includes the US, Japan, and medium-sized economies as "key partners," argue Patrick Messerlin and Jinghui Wang in an April paper for the European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE).

  • Russia’s economic rebirth

    Med & South 20-05-2008

    Russian economic recovery is all the more remarkable given the doom and gloom surrounding the 1990s, but this resurgence needs to be upheld by further reforms, argues Lúcio Vinhas de Souza in a CEPS paperback published in May.

  • Strategic dialogue with Russia needed

    Global Europe 15-05-2008

    Despite the recent past being a "miserable time for political relations between Russia and both the EU and the US," the prospect of new leadership is expected to "transform the current state of affairs," writes Michael Emerson of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in a May 2008 paper.

  • Strategic aspects of EU-China commercial and monetary relations

    Global Europe 29-04-2008

    China's emergence as the world's third economic power has changed the "global chessboard" by adding a new tactical dimension of the Sino-European relationship, says an April study led by associate researcher at London's Royal Institute of International Affairs Karine Lisbonne-de Vergeron for the Robert Schuman Foundation.

  • Olympics triggering human rights violations in China

    Sports 10-04-2008

    "The current wave of repression occurring in China is not in spite of the Olympic Games, but because of the Olympics," claims an April report from Amnesty International.

  • Where will Europe’s next champions come from?

    Innovation & Industry 20-03-2008

    The old-age of Europe’s big corporations and its lack of large 'young blood' companies are a key impediment to the bloc catching up with its main competitor, the United States, explains Nicolas Véron of the Brussels-based think tank Bruegel.

  • China & the EU: A common future

    Global Europe 18-01-2008

    China and the European Union have an "inescapable common future", with no alternative but to co-operate more closely for the sake of their peoples' well-being and prosperity as well as world peace and stability, writes Stanley Crossick on Blogactiv, quoting from his latest book "China-EU: A common future". 

  • The China ‘honeymoon’ is over

    Global Europe 29-11-2007

    With the 10th EU-China summit having taken place in Beijing on 28 November and after 15 years of rapidly and dramatically developing ties, there are numerous indications that new strains emerging in the relationship, writes David Shambaugh, the director of the China policy programme at George Washington University, in a commentary for the International Herald Tribune.

  • The challenges to China’s growth

    Trade & Society 27-11-2007

    Improvements in governance and environmental protection are among the most serious challenges to achieving sustainable development in China, writes Wing Thye Woo for the Center for Social and Economic Research in Warsaw.

  • Whither EU-China relations?

    Trade & Society 22-11-2007

    The EU-China relationship has entered a worrying period in terms of economic and political relations, writes Stanley Crossick on Blogactiv. 

  • Georgia: politics after revolution

    Global Europe 19-11-2007

    Georgia's problems are not due to short-term government maladministration, but are rooted in larger historical, institutional and geopolitical realities, writes Alexander Rondeli in this paper from the think tank Open Democracy.

  • A new deal with Russia

    Global Europe 14-11-2007

    The West and Russia should seek a new "grand bargain" to bridge their current differences, according to Charles Grant of the Centre for European Reform (CER).