Europe

Can Trump Jump-Start a New Relationship with Russia?

“Foolishness and stupidity!” is how President Donald Trump has characterized previous U.S.-Russia foreign policy while bemoaning relations that have “NEVER been worse.” Trump’s approach to Russia might be unorthodox, but it is gaining some converts as several Republican senators have traveled to Russia ─ even meeting with Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the Russian Federation Council…

A Land Swap in the Former Yugoslavia Must Be Considered

The dissolution of Yugoslavia in the 1990s marked the worst bout of bloodshed seen in Europe since the Second World War. The continued tension between Serbia and Kosovo is one of the last remaining major conflict in the Western Balkans. Since Kosovo declared independence in 2008, Serbia has claimed Kosovo as an integral part of…

Mein Gott! Would Germany Build a Bomb?

In August 2018, an article was published in The National Interest suggesting that Germany should develop its own nuclear arsenal. Since the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, the idea of Germany developing its own, or a “European,” nuclear deterrent has appeared in policy discussions both inside and outside of Germany. Every time this was in reaction…

Steve Bannon and the European Union: Why Winning in Europe Won’t Be Easy

Steve Bannon, one of the main orchestrators of Donald Trump’s successful 2016 presidential campaign, announced that his new plan is to establish political operations in Europe. This, he claims, is an effort to support and unite right-wing politicians in their fight against the European Union, George Soros’ Open Society Foundations, or any other actor that…

Harmonization Asylum Policies in Europe: Saving Lives by Fixing a Deficient System

Ever since the so-called “refugee crisis” of 2015, the topics of asylum, international protection, and irregular immigration have been at the forefront of the European Union’s political debates. Recently, tensions in the rhetoric have risen significantly, despite the fact that immigration numbers have dropped below pre-crisis levels. Nevertheless, the election of a right-wing government in…

A Fresh Foreign Policy Vision Is Vital in Brexit Britain

Since 1945, Britain has successfully charted a deliberate, principled path on the world stage, helping to deliver, through NATO, the longest period of peace in Europe in living memory. Beyond defence and security, Britain has led the world in drafting binding UN resolutions to slow climate change, helped eradicate global health threats such as Ebola, and…

France’s Multicultural Challenge

French internal policies must change to help forge a new multicultural France, where immigrants can celebrate their heritage, practice the religion of their choosing and still be French.

NATO’s Expanding Role in Cybersecurity

While NATO is developing partnerships with member states and through partnerships to bolster cyber defense capabilities, bureaucratic and security protocols hamper its effectiveness.

Democracy Beyond the Liberal Order

The Civic Foundations of Fascism in Europe: Italy, Spain, and Romania, 1870-1945 Verso’s re-release of Dylan Riley’s 2010 book, The Civic Foundations of Fascism in Europe: Italy, Spain, and Romania, features a new introduction in which Riley succinctly takes on the question of whether President Trump’s authoritarian leanings qualify him as a fascist. His answer…

The Catalan Threat to Spanish Democracy

Catalan separatists are effectively holding the stability of Spanish democracy hostage.

The EU’s Second Chance to Fix Asylum Policy: How Third-country Agreements Create the Opportunity for Change

Agreements with third-countries aimed at discouraging the flow of asylum seekers into Europe are as necessary as they are flawed. The EU now has the opportunity to bring asylum policy exclusively into its own realm of governance, and address the shortcomings in the third-country agreements.
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The Brexit Opportunity: How Brexit Can Re-Energize UK Development Policy

As the UK leaves the EU, there are underexplored implications for the UK’s international development policy, with Brexit providing an opportunity for the UK to reduce trade barriers with developing countries and develop a progressive unified trade and development policy.