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Central European Support for Democracy: New Drivers and Challenges
KINGA BRUDZINSKAJUNE 17, 2021
To reap the benefits of being valuable partners in promoting democracy abroad, the Visegrad Four countries must address democratic backsliding at home, improve coordination among themselves, and make bigger financial commitments.
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Russia’s Ambitious Military-Geostrategic Posture in the Mediterranean
CAN KASAPOĞLU, SINAN ÜLGENJUNE 10, 2021
Russia’s steady development of military capabilities on the ground, in the air, and at sea has enhanced its overall military posture in the region. This experience, and lack of resistance from NATO, is likely to enhance Russia’s military posture and ambitions outside the Mediterranean.
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Georgia’s Minorities: Breaking Down Barriers to Integration
RUSUDAN AMIREJIBI, KAKHA GABUNIAJUNE 09, 2021
Ethno-nationalist tendencies dating back to the Soviet period have alienated Georgia’s ethnic minority groups. Integrating them into the country’s political, economic, and cultural life is essential for successful nation-building in Georgia.
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Russia’s Posture in the Mediterranean: Implications for NATO and Europe
MARC PIERINIJUNE 08, 2021
Russia’s activities in the Mediterranean have created new challenges for Europe’s energy interests and NATO’s defense architecture. Today’s transatlantic efforts should focus on NATO’s policy in the region, the Russia-Turkey relationship, and multilateral conflict resolution in Libya and Syria.
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Re-examining the Radicalizing Narratives of Georgia’s Conflicts
NATIA CHANKVETADZE, KETEVAN MURUSIDZEMAY 12, 2021
Divisive public discourse in Georgia about the conflicts in Abkhazia and South Ossetia has hurt broader peacebuilding prospects and obscured the issues faced by the communities in these territories.
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Defusing Georgia’s Political Crisis: An EU Foreign Policy Success?
ELENE PANCHULIDZE, RICHARD YOUNGS
MAY 10, 2021
The speed and pragmatism with which the EU brokered an agreement to end Georgia’s recent political crisis deserves praise. The union should take this opportunity to reflect on the role of mediation in its democracy-support strategies.
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Struggle and Sacrifice: Narratives of Georgia’s Modern History
KATIE SARTANIAAPRIL 27, 2021
Georgians’ collective memory has been shaped by pride in their struggle for independence since 1989 and fear of existential threats. This narrative has overshadowed other domestic challenges and increased Georgia’s reliance on individual leaders.
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Halting Palestine’s Democratic Decline
BETH OPPENHEIMAPRIL 23, 2021
Palestinian elections slated for 2021 offer the EU a chance to reassess its engagement. That means linking financial support to democratic values and supporting civil society.
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A Novel Approach to Local Climate Action in France
IAN BABELON, NADJA NICKEL, PAOLA PIERRIAPRIL 22, 2021
In the French city of Orléans, citizens, experts, and politicians are working together to advance climate transition in an innovative form of public engagement that aims for a new type of “social contract” around climate action.
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The Struggle for Legitimacy in Post-Coup Myanmar
KIMANA ZULUETA-FÜLSCHER​APRIL 14, 2021
Democratic reform in Myanmar has suffered a grave setback. The EU’s response to the military coup must be strong enough to reverse the political crisis and restore and renew democracy in Myanmar.
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Against a European Civilization: Narratives About the European Union
ROSA BALFOURAPRIL 06, 2021
Branding Europe as a unique civilization undermines the EU’s attractiveness to the rest of the world. Europe is better served by reckoning with its colonial history and underlining the universality of human rights.
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Georgia’s Unfinished Search for Its Place in Europe
NINO LEJAVAAPRIL 06, 2021
Despite its ambitions, modern Georgia continues to wait for Europe’s full embrace. To turn romantic notions into more concrete realities, the next generation of Georgians must carve out a special place for themselves on the margins of Europe.
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Rivals or Partners? The EU-UK Foreign Policy Relationship After Brexit
STEFAN LEHNEMARCH 30, 2021
EU-UK cooperation on foreign policy will be hampered by the emotional and political fallout from a difficult divorce and boosted by a renewed transatlantic relationship. In the longer term, external challenges and the internal policy trends will determine the scope for working together.
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A New Framework for Dealing with Venezuela: From Democracy to Conflict Resolution
JONAS WOLFFMARCH 17, 2021
Venezuela is mired in a prolonged, multifaceted crisis. The EU should embrace a framework focused on conflict resolution to foster a more coordinated international response.
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The EU’s Strategic Autonomy Trap
RICHARD YOUNGSMARCH 08, 2021
While strategic autonomy seems firmly set to guide EU foreign policy, it carries significant risks—especially for democratic values. If it takes autonomy too far, the EU may find itself less able to advance, and achieve, its foreign policy goals.
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How the EU Can Better Avoid Bankrolling Authoritarianism
KEN GODFREYMARCH 04, 2021
The EU is changing its internal rules for allocating funds to avoid bankrolling authoritarianism. It should do the same for its external aid.
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Belarus’s New Age of Civic Activism Is Changing the Country
KATIA GLODFEBRUARY 22, 2021
The EU can engage and show solidarity with protesters against the Lukashenko regime in Belarus by providing its civil society with coaching, technology transfers, and financial resources.
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Unfinished Business in the Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict
THOMAS DE WAALFEBRUARY 11, 2021
The November 2020 ceasefire agreement halted the war over Nagorny Karabakh, but a sustainable peace agreement remains far from reach. By providing economic support and fostering dialogue and reconciliation, international actors can play a role in this long-term project.
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Europeans’ Right to Protest Under Threat
AARTI NARSEEJANUARY 27, 2021
Some European governments have curtailed core democratic freedoms, at times going beyond necessary pandemic precautions. But civil society is holding these restrictions in check.
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Why the EU and the United States Should Rethink Their Turkey Policies in 2021
MARC PIERINIFRANCESCO SICCARDI
JANUARY 21, 2021
Turkey’s eroding democracy and assertive foreign policy loom large on the international stage. In 2021, the EU and the United States must protect their interests by containing Turkey’s disruptive behavior while maintaining economic and security ties.
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