ELN Policy Fellow Sahil Shah spoke to the author of the “Diplomatic” newsletter Laura Rozen, suggesting that relative European reticence to date on Iran matter may be partly the result of a desire to not box the Biden team in and what the Europeans may have perceived as mixed signals from Washington about his intentions amid the lack of formal consultations during the U.S. presidential campaign and interregnum. The newsletter can be found here.
On 17 February 2018 at the Munich Security Conference, the ELN and the Federation of German Industries (BDI) hosted a high-level closed roundtable breakfast to discuss the Franco-German motor for Europe’s defence.
In this report, Tariq Raef discusses organisational matters relating to the postponement of the review conference to 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and considers the proposal to convene the conference in 2022 in Vienna, Austria.
As pro-democracy movements proliferate throughout the post-Soviet space, Europe and the US have had noticeably muted reactions. But should Joe Biden become America’s next president this week, he will likely take a more actively pro-democracy position in the region. The EU should start planning for this now.