Filter by region
relationship between Turkey and the European Union is on the rocks. Turkey
cannot be considered eligible for membership, but the accession process remains
officially ongoing. A collapse of the talks seems likely – but that would cause
more problems than it would solve. Forging a new kind of partnership would have
plenty of benefits, but would require ending accession negotiations. Sticking
with the status quo gives both sides what they want, for now.
Dr. Michael Leigh
When Turkey shot down a Russian warplane in November, the ensuing conflict between the two countries had ripple effects in the South Caucasus and beyond. Turkey made a strong statement of its readiness to defend its interests in a turbulent neighborhood, reinforcing its status as a regional power to be reckoned with. Reactions to the incident on both sides plainly ...
The crisis in Ukraine is about to alter the global security architecture. The stand-off between Russia and the West could have been averted had Europe seen the crisis coming. The signs were there. When the dust has settled, perhaps the question historians will ask is how it was possible for the West to delude itself for so long into believing that it could walk ov...
Professor Stefan Hedlund
President Vladimir Putin’s self-created image of statesman fielding the Syria crisis and hosting major summits is seen by many in the West as part of stealthy manoeuvring on his part to place Russia back into a position of Cold War-era power. And with that power has come increasingly vocal threats to a number of post-Soviet countries with whom the European Union is...
As Vladimir Putin sweeps back to the Kremlin to reclaim Russia’s presidential seat, he has set, high on his agenda, his plans for a Eurasian Union. His vision is a Moscow-led powerhouse making Russia a major world player alongside the United States, the European Union and Asia. But is this simply political posturing to keep Russia’s neighbours in check, or can Mosc...