South Caucasus Caught in the Middle
South Caucasus Caught in the Middle

How geopolitical competition between Moscow and Brussels prolongs instability in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia

by Elkhan Nuriyev | Caucasian States of the former Soviet Union, Security

The conflict in Ukraine has introduced new dimensions of uncertainty to the South Caucasus, where Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia struggle to protect their national sovereignty and security in the face of geopolitical competition between Moscow and Brussels. Elkhan Nuriyev asks if it is possible to form a coherent strategy for the region that focuses on an integrated, coordinated approach that recognizes the shared interests of Russia, the EU, and the South Caucasus countries.

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Finding Fault with Lax Arms Export Policy of the Past

Sigmar Gabriel, German Minister for Economic Affairs, on the principles behind arms export decisions

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Gabriel’s ministry is responsible in the federal government for authorizing exports of military equipment. In his keynote speech on the guiding principles of Germany’s arms exports policy, he made clear that matters of foreign policy and security must take precedence over the interests of the defense industry.

Analysis

In Crimea, Time for Pressure, not Acceptance
In Crimea, Time for Pressure, not Acceptance

Why we cannot lose sight of the Crimean Tatars

by Liana Fix, Eleanor Knott | Ukraine, Conflicts and Strategies

Misguided calls within Germany for tacitly accepting or even officially recognizing Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea are diverting attention from the situation on the ground. Despite Russian promises made to the Crimean Tatar community, authorities are now cracking down on Tatar political and media organizations, under the pretext of the fight against “political extremism.” Crimean Tatars are once again a vulnerable minority – in the only place they call their homeland: the Crimean peninsula.

Analysis

“What if the EU …?”
“What if the EU …?”

An Exercise in Counterfactual Thinking to Address Current Dilemmas

by Almut Möller, Roderick Parkes | Europe, European Union

What if the EU had never created the Euro? What if it had bridged the Cypriot divide? What if leaders had created political union at Maastricht? European think tanks spend too little time pondering how things could be and too much time asking why they are as they are. The nine essays compiled here shed light on a good cross section of the EU’s activities. For anyone interested in critical engagement with the EU, these creative thought-exercises are designed to broaden the options.

Analysis

(Re-)Building Coalitions
(Re-)Building Coalitions

The Role and Potential of Member States in Shaping the Future of the EU

by Almut Möller, Josef Janning | European Union

Reforming the EU is hardly possible without coalitions of “builders” – member states willing and able to engage in sustainable coalition building at EU level. Since 2008, the EU and its members have found themselves in the middle of yet another formative phase. Will member states eventually succeed in shaping a Union able to guarantee the prosperity, security and freedom of its citizens?

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