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Why China (probably) won’t go to trade war with America (Commentary)

François Godement - 20 April 2018

The US protecting its own technology is not the same as a trade war. But were such a war to emerge, it may well be the apparently invulnerable Xi Jinping rather than the bullishly confident Donald Trump who finds his country worse off as a result

Libya elections 2018: the missing ingredient (Commentary)

Tarek Megerisi - 01 June 2018

Hurrying Libyans to an early vote could prove counter-productive unless European powers unify and take action on problems now

How to prevent regional escalation after Trump’s JCPOA decision (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 10 May 2018

Europeans must act now to avert a deadly new war across the Middle East.

Germany’s defence commitments: nothing but paper tigers? (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 27 March 2018

Scepticism about Germany’s willingness to confront a revisionist Russia in 2014 has vanished. But there is new disappointment that the German diplomatic leadership has no military equivalent.

Europe’s balancing act on the nuclear deal: wooing Trump without losing Iran (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 02 May 2018

European leaders have been assiduous in lobbying Washington on the nuclear deal. But Europe must step up its diplomacy to ensure it does not lose Tehran in the process

Jerusalem protests: violence in the vacuum (Commentary)

Hugh Lovatt - 15 May 2018

There is still the chance, just, to limit further instability and bloodshed in Israel-Palestine.

The Inter-Korean Summit: Peace is not – yet – at hand (Commentary)

François Godement - 04 May 2018

North Korea is not yet denuclearized. To get there, China will have to play significant role in the negotiations.

Will the US and Russia go to war over Syria? (Commentary)

Ruth Citrin & Kadri Liik & Jeremy Shapiro - 13 April 2018

The good news is that neither Washington nor Moscow sees the advantage of a showdown on Syria. The bad news is that the confrontation could still escalate. 

The ECFR Power Audits (Commentary)

Asli Aydıntaşbaş & François Godement & Kadri Liik & Jeremy Shapiro - 25 May 2018

The four power audits show that Europeans, particularly when working together, retain the capacity to cooperate and compete effectively with all these powers.  But they also show that, in each case, Europe is failing to do so. 

Courting Nero: Macron, Merkel, and the state of relations with Trump (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 03 May 2018

Trips to Washington by the French and German leaders made barely a dent in Trump’s attitude towards his own close allies

Iraq: back to square one (Commentary)

Javi López - 29 March 2018

The success of the new EU strategy for Iraq will require a continuous and coordinated support with a long-term view that goes beyond the incidental military victories

What does Russia want? (Commentary)

Kadri Liik - 26 May 2017

The nature of the 'Russia challenge' – and how to address it.

Conservatives without a cause? The German youth’s view and what it means for Europe (Commentary)

Ulrike Esther Franke - 23 April 2018

Retaining what they have is largely enough for millennials – despite the fact that the majority feels that the EU is not on the right path. 

Economists’ tunnel vision in the current trade conflict: What does Trump really want? (Commentary)

Sebastian Dullien - 26 April 2018

Outside the White House, no one knows what Trump is really after. However, betting on Trump just being impulsive without any strategic aims might prove very costly in the end.

After the JCPOA, the world needs Germany. But where is it? (Commentary)

Jonathan Hackenbroich - 30 May 2018

Germany could put some heft into defending the liberal international order. Yet it still declines to do so.