About: Barack Obama

Global Europe 24-05-2017

No bluffing: US preparing to attack North Korea

The United States is advertising its preparations for war. North Korea assumes the attack is inevitable, writes George Friedman.

Global Europe 11-04-2017

What a US president wants and what he must do are two different things

Donald Trump may want the United States to be less involved in the world but the reality is that the US is deeply involved, writes George Friedman.

Future EU 23-02-2017

Resilient but shaky Bosnia marks a year since EU application

In the year since Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) submitted its formal application to join the European Union, little has gone according to plan for the fragile country, writes Sanford Henry.

Health 24-01-2017

Unhealthy divisions don’t help access to best healthcare

In the wake of the Brexit vote and Donald Trump being sworn in as US president, the divisions in crucial parts of the Western world are clear and stark, warns Denis Horgan.

Global Europe 01-12-2016

A turning point for EU relations with Latin America

Europe must strengthen its ties with Latin America to promote democracy, social progress and equality in the age of globalisation, write Ramón Jáuregui and Carlos Zorrinho.

Global Europe 23-11-2016

President Trump and international relations

America’s new president has the potential to thoroughly shake up international relations. Volker Perthes lays out five theses that researchers and policymakers will need to address.

US anti-terror legislation risks eroding international sovereignty

Anti-terrorism legislation in the United States risks undermining the sovereignty of other countries, despite opposition by the current president, legal experts and numerous international governments including the EU, writes Abdulrahman S. Alahmed.

Brexit 13-07-2016

Brexit would disrupt trade more than previously feared

Previous analyses of the cost of Brexit on the UK economy have probably underestimated the trade disruptive impact because the trade-reducing effect of a squeeze on migration has been overlooked, write Andreas Hatzigeorgiouand Magnus Lodefalk.

Future EU 31-05-2016

Incompetent political leaders and the media are destroying Europe

It has become trendy among politicians and the media to portray the EU as a faceless horrifying monster which has caused the crisis that Europe currently faces. Nothing could be further from the truth, writes Marlene Wind.

Global Europe 28-04-2016

Obama and the European Union

European integration was an American idea. If the European Union falls apart, it is hard to see how NATO survives, even in its current state, writes George Friedman.

Trade & Society 28-04-2016

Fear of TTIP, globalisation, or a middle class downgrade?

Beyond the technical questions of regulation and trade barriers, TTIP taps into middle class concerns about the nature of globalisation and demographic change, writes Elvire Fabry.

Global Europe 06-04-2016

Erdogan’s not mad, he’s ruthless

If President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is going to become the single centre of power in Turkey, he must crush his domestic opposition and the PKK, and with its refugee deal, the EU is helping him do that, writes George Friedman.

Global Europe 15-03-2016

Syria five years on: Time for the EU to step up

Having seen first-hand the evolution of the Syria conflict, Dr. Osama Abo Elezz has witnessed the horrors of a war that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and displaced millions. He believes that it has now reached a tipping point that could either result in a peace deal or spell disaster for the country.

Trade & Society 11-03-2016

TTIP: The end of the beginning or the beginning of the end?

The anti-TTIP lobby has portrayed the free trade agreement as destructive and dangerous, but in reality it has the power to create markets, jobs and even geopolitical stability, argues Sanford Henry.

Global Europe 11-01-2016

After Ukraine, the West must encourage regional partners like Azerbaijan

If the Ukraine crisis has taught us anything, it’s that the West needs to safeguard its allies in Russia’s backyard and encourage them to implement reforms, but be more understanding of their growing pains, writes Taras Nazarenko.

Europe's East 18-11-2015

EU-Turkey: A timely starting point

The past year has seen an important change from stalemate to strategic thinking in the relationship between the EU and Turkey, writes Samuel Doveri Vesterbye.

Containment of Syria failed, Europe is paying the price

Russia is guaranteeing its strengthening in Syria while the West dithers. It is time for Europe to be both realistic and bold, writes Bassma Kodmani.

Climate change 29-09-2015

America is leading the CO2 reduction game

Europe needs to incentivise carbon capture and storage technology if it to keep up with the Americans on CO2 emissions reduction, argues Chris Davies.

Climate change 01-09-2015

Alaska exemplifies the climate change debate

Alaska is perhaps the place where the conflicting interests between core interests and requirements to reduce energy consumption or use more expensive renewable energy are most apparent, writes Strafor, the Texas-based global intelligence company.

Global Europe 22-07-2015

Iranian refugees in Iraq face humanitarian crisis

While the world’s attention has been fixed on the weak nuclear agreement signed in Vienna this week, a humanitarian crisis is brewing for thousands of Iranian refugees in Iraq, writes Struan Stevenson.

Development Policy 15-07-2015

Addis Ababa: Deals at high levels that don’t deliver for the people

The Addis deal is looking likely to disappoint many of us, because rich countries are pushing to be left off the hook, writes Donne Cameron.

Global Europe 08-07-2015

Washington calls for flexibility on Greece

EU leaders should abandon dogma and act as statesmen, because much would be lost for the Greek people, the EU, and the United States if Greece becomes a failed state, writes Sir Michael Leigh.

Global Europe 24-04-2015

An Armenian tragedy: The geopolitics of terminology

The commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocides reveals a Russia looking at US ally Turkey with ever-growing suspicion, writes Stratfor, the Texas-based global intelligence company.

Global Europe 22-04-2015

The EU must condemn rights abuses in Venezuela

The front pages of newspapers last weekend were covered with images of President Obama shaking hands with President Raúl Castro at the Summit of the Americas in Panama, writes Dita Charanzová.