Europe’s relation with Jordan and prospects for reform in China were among the key ECFR themes during the past two weeks, here is a quick ECFR round-up:
Jordan is experiencing a slow-burning awakening and despite a promise of rapid reform in early 2011, King Abdullah has resisted meaningful change that would loosen his absolute hold on power. In a new ECFR policy brief Julien Barnes-Dacey argues that Europe should use its considerable leverage to press the King to introduce meaningful reform before it is too late.
After years of political stability and enviable economic growth, China has been facing a stark choice about how the country should move forward. In a new ECFR essay, ‘China at the crossroads’, François Godement argues that the Chinese government may be choosing the path of legal and political reform.
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Western hopes that China will take greater responsibility for dealing with international crises likely to be dashed.
Europe should consider an overhaul of its Mediterranean policy to prioritise support for Tunisia
To avoid gas cut-offs Europe should help Ukraine reform
The EU needs a more coherent approach to international justice