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Charting a peaceful course for the Eastern Mediterranean Sea Disputes

The resumption of exploratory talks between Greece and Turkey over the East Med is an important opportunity to de-escalate tensions, writes Christian Schultheiss. Concrete steps are required to build confidence, including practical deconfliction measures building on NATO’s Greece-Turkey hotline and a clarification of Turkey’s position regarding Greece’s maritime entitlements.

21 May 2021 | Christian Schultheiss
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Towards a transatlantic “reset”: Reframing European strategic autonomy after Biden’s first 100 days

As the Biden administration completes its first 100 days in office—an early benchmark of the Presidency—the future of transatlantic relations looks much rosier than it did before the US elections. Revamping EU-US cooperation will therefore require careful examination of Europe’s strive towards strategic autonomy.

30 April 2021 | Patricia Jaworek
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Ambivalent partners: The complex Russia-China relationship

As the economic relations between the EU and China develop, the growing presence of China and Russia on the international stage presents concerns for the Union. Claudia Westwood argues that the EU must recognise that closer China-Russia cooperation would not signal a strong partnership, but rather the escalation of pre-existing economic cooperation only in areas of common interest.

28 April 2021 | Claudia Westwood
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#YemenCantWait: Russia and the US have a shared interest in a ceasefire in Yemen

As the US’s new envoy for Yemen heads to the region this week, he is coming from consultations with representatives of all five permanent members of the UN Security Council. The US and Russia’s ability to coordinate and find common ground at the UN will be critical for the prospects for peace in Yemen. There may just be an opportunity for progress.

13 April 2021 | Jane Kinninmont