European Council on Foreign Relations

ECFR this week: 11th January 2013


As many of you have read (and tweeted about), our year kicked off with our predictions for the future in“Ten Trends for 2013.” Will the British debate about Europe become less toxic? How much is the single market being threatened by the euro crisis? Are small states the key to European foreign policy? Have a read and make your own mind up. 

Mark Leonard also wrote his latest column on issues discussed in “Ten Trends” – “In 2013, the great global unravelling.”

This last week we took a look at one of the key questions of European foreign policy – do sanctions work? We published a policy memo from Konstanty Gebert – “Shooting in the dark? EU sanctions policies” – that argues that if we don’t develop a better way of tracking the effectiveness of sanctions, then this key tool of European foreign policy is no more effective than shooting a gun in the dark. 


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    ECFR: Best of 2012

    As we prepare to break up for the Christmas holiday, rather than our usual round up of the week’s work at ECFR, here are a selection of highlights from the whole of 2012.

    • The “European Foreign Policy Scorecard 2012” showed that Europe still had a long way to go when it comes to impact on the global stage, although it was notable that “smaller” states like Sweden and Poland were starting to lead the way in foreign policy alongside the traditional larger member states. How well did Europe do over the last twelve months? The third annual Scorecard will be along in January 2013 and will reveal all.

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    ECFR this week: 23rd November

    Although we published two papers this week (on Finland and Jordan – see below) the week has been dominated by events in Gaza:

    As I mentioned, ECFR published two papers over the last week:

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    ECFR this week: 16th November

    What does Obama’s re-election mean for Europe? In a new policy memo nine ECFR experts examine the foreign policy implications of Obama’s second term and argue that “it’s time for Europe to grow up”. They argue that Europe will have to take more responsibility for sorting out problems in its own neighbourhood, reaching out to powers such as Turkey and Russia on security issues, engaging with the Syrian opposition, taking the initiative in finding constructive ways to deal with Iran, and supporting the new democracies in North Africa.

    Click here to download ‘Time to grow up: what Obama’s re-election means for Europe’ (pdf) We also published the policy memo as an ebook for kindle (mobi) and other e-readers (epub).

    Listen to a podcast with Mark Leonard on Obama II

    What next for China?

    As part of our “China 3.0” project we are publishing a series of videos with some of the

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    ECFR this week: November 9th 2012

    In a week that saw the re-election of President Obama and the selection of a new generation of Chinese leaders, ECFR published a major report into how China was approaching the massive economic, political and foreign policy challenges that the new leadership faces.

    Mark Leonard, who edited ‘China 3.0’, makes the case that the country is entering its third major phase since the revolution (after Mao’s ‘1.0’ and Deng Xiaoping’s ‘2.0’). Mark argues that the Chinese response to the challenges that come with this phase won’t just affect China, but Europe and the rest of the world too.

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