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“Aid and Assistance by All Means in their Power”
“Aid and Assistance by All Means in their Power”

The EU Mutual Assistance Clause as a Test Case for European Defense

by Jana Puglierin | France, Security

After the terrorist attacks in Paris of November 13, 2015, EU member states unanimously – and unusually – invoked Europe’s mutual assistance clause: Article 42.7 of the Lisbon Treaty. The extent of support provided thus far has ranged starkly, however, and member states have given different weight to the European context. Both Brexit the election of Donald Trump have underlined the EU’s existential interest in pursuing closer and better defense cooperation.

Publication Series

Perception and Exploitation
Perception and Exploitation

A series on Russia’s non-military influence in Europe

by Stefan Meister, Jana Puglierin | Russia, Media/Information

This text introduces a series of articles exploring Russia’s use of instruments of hybrid warfare since its annexation of Crimea. These tools include not only putting “little green men” on the ground in eastern Ukraine but also robust media propaganda and – significantly – support for Euroskepticism within the EU. Stefan Meister and Jana Puglierin frame the initial discussion here. Subsequent texts will consider Serbia, Greece, France, Hungary, and Germany.

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First They Came for the TPP
First They Came for the TPP

President-elect Donald Trump has suggested alarming changes to American trade policy

by Claudia Schmucker, Rachel Herp-Tausendfreund

It’s still too early to say which of American President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign promises will actually become policy – but with TPP, TTIP, China, and NAFTA all in the cross hairs, significant change is almost certain. Here’s how a few scenarios on the future of trade might play out.

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How to Win the Battle for a New Ukraine
How to Win the Battle for a New Ukraine

Reforms, new elites, and old structures

by Iryna Solonenko | Ukraine, Democratization/System Change

This April saw the formation of the third Ukrainian government since the Euromaidan protests. Where does Ukraine stand on its path to democratic change? Two years of reform efforts have yielded decidedly mixed results. A battle continues between the old system’s vested interests and reformers pushing hard for a new social contract. Who is winning? And how can external actors help the country, among other things, strengthen political accountability, break monopolies, and fight corruption?

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The Resurfacing Turkish-Kurdish Question and its Regional Impact
The Resurfacing Turkish-Kurdish Question and its Regional Impact

The Turkish time machine

by Kristian Brakel | Near and Middle East/North Africa, War/Warfare

The bomb that went off in downtown Ankara on March 13, killing 37 people, was a stark reminder that war has returned to Turkey. The second such attack within one month, it clearly shows that the conflict has the capacity to engulf all of Turkey. With the peace process in a shambles and the violent spillover from Syria intensifying, the resurgence of the Turkish-Kurdish conflict almost makes it seem as if the country has traveled back in time to the height of the civil war in the 1990s.

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