Articles on Susi Dennison

Lessons from Tripoli (Commentary)

Susi Dennison - 16 December 2010

There are two important lessons to be learned from last month's EU-Africa summit. First, Europe needs to reassert its diplomatic clout after a post-Lisbon period of uncertainty. Second, it needs to think more cleverly about how to promote its values in a world where our economic and political models are no longer unquestioningly accepted.

Egypt's election: Watch this space (Commentary)

Susi Dennison - 30 November 2010

The first round of Egypt's elections suffered from irregularities and unfair competition, yet this received little coverage abroad. This must change, especially if Egypt is to be thought of as a benchmark for political progress in the wider Middle East.

To engage or not to engage? (Commentary)

Susi Dennison - 26 November 2010

The EU-Africa summit is taking place in Libya. The country's lengthy history of human rights abuses put EU leaders in a difficult position over simple questions such as whether to attend. EU leaders should now put pressure on Colonel Gaddafi by posing difficult questions and backing this up with meaningful sanctions rather than just lip service.

Where does Liu Xiaobo's Nobel leave Europe? (Commentary)

Susi Dennison - 08 October 2010

China's anger over the award of the Nobel peace prize to Liu Xiaobo leaves the EU with a hard question to answer: Should it stick to its human rights principles or should it look to compromise on its values in pursuit of the world's most important rising power?

Decision time for Afghanistan (Commentary)

Susi Dennison - 17 September 2010

If the EU wants to be a credible promoter of democracy, it needs to highlight the achievement of holding elections in Afghanistan, rather than dwell too long on the undoubted imperfections. Many Afghans are taking part in the elections despite the danger of violence and concerns about corruption, and the polls are not just being imposed by the outside world.

A crisis of values? (Commentary)

Susi Dennison - 18 August 2010

The economic crisis has unquestionably dented the credibility of the liberal international order and caused a Europe-wide identity crisis. But, Susi Dennison argues, it would be a dangerous time for the EU to abandon its values, principles and approach to international relations. The economic crisis is already big enough; the last thing Europe needs is an existential one too.

EU-Cuba: Time for a change of mindset? (Commentary)

Susi Dennison - 12 June 2010

The EU's position on Cuba will be discussed at the upcoming Foreign Affairs Council, and the debate is likely to be heated. But beyond the arguments the EU can learn lessons from its relations with Cuba: strong-arm tactics don't work, realism is important, and the EU's approach is out of date.

Are sanctions enough? (Commentary)

Susi Dennison - 25 April 2010

The EU's common position on Burma is up for renegotiation. Sanctions might not be effective, but are they the only option the EU has?

The price of principle (Commentary)

Susi Dennison - 06 April 2010

Attention turns once again to Sri Lanka this week as the country gears up for its parliamentary elections. The EU recently decided to stop treating Sri Lanka as a preferential trading partner. What does this mean for Sri Lanka, and does it affect the EU?s clout in standing up for human rights around the world?