Articles

How Italy was marginalised in Libya (Commentary)

Mattia Giampaolo - 17 January 2020

Italy has achieved little through independent diplomacy in Libya. It may have more success by acting within a European framework.

How to repair Europe’s credibility in Libya (Commentary)

Tarek Megerisi - 16 January 2020

European countries and the EU can still use the strength of their diplomatic assets to reassert their influence in Libya. But they will first need to overcome their internal divisions to do so.      

Will he stay or will he go? Putin’s role will change (Commentary)

Kadri Liik - 16 January 2020

A political transition has started in Russia. While preserving a powerful role for Vladimir Putin, 2024 might nonetheless bring about real-enough change. 

Europe’s new gamble: Dispute resolution and the Iran nuclear deal (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 15 January 2020

The dispute resolution mechanism presents the E3 with risks but it could also buy them time to keep the nuclear deal on life support until the US presidential election in November.

Control issues: The UK’s defence procurement woes (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 14 January 2020

The UK Ministry of Defence has shown a chronic lack of decision discipline, sometimes undermining its role in joint European projects.

After Qaboos: The future of Oman and Gulf geopolitics (Commentary)

Cinzia Bianco - 14 January 2020

The fractious context of the Gulf means Oman’s new ruler could soon find himself seeking to emulate his predecessor and championing regional diplomatic dialogue

Trading places: Europe and China in 2020 (Commentary)

Andrew Small - 13 January 2020

The US-China trade deal could make life tougher for Europe. But there are risks for China too in provoking greater coalition-building against it.

“More coordination” won’t fix the Sahel (Commentary)

Andrew Lebovich - 10 January 2020

Picking sides and intervening via local proxies often makes matters only worse, not better, in the countries of the Sahel.

A call for increased European de-escalation efforts in the Middle East (Commentary)

- 08 January 2020

Prominent Europeans call for increased European de-escalation efforts in the Middle East.

Soleimani strike: Loosening future restraints on military action? (Commentary)

Anthony Dworkin - 07 January 2020

The drone strike against Soleimani marks a novel shift in targeted killing, dangerous to the global order.