The Russia-Ukraine war has revealed Europe’s inability to deter Russia from invading Ukraine, writes Adérito Vicente. He argues that the reasons include EU’s security idiosyncrasies, nuclear policy choices, divergent political interests, energy dependency and ineffective sanctions policy on Russia.
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Following Russia’s military action, the United States will sooner or later turn back to its “Pivot to Asia” due to China’s challenge to its global primacy, leaving the EU to deal with Russia relatively alone. The EU finds itself at a turning point in its history where it needs to take decisive steps towards building a comprehensive security and defence strategy, writes Iren Marinova.
On 21 September 2021, the European Leadership Network (ELN) convened the Contact Group on Russia-West relations via Zoom to discuss the prospects for EU-Russia climate engagement.
As COP26 gets underway next week, Tatiana Romanova writes that an EU-Russia climate partnership depends on both the EU prioritising selective engagement over resilience, and on Russia turning rhetoric into reality. A climate partnership may not change the tone of Russia-West relations but it can help build trust.
After the withdrawal from Afghanistan and the AUKUS deal, Ambassadors Tacan Ildem and Fatih Ceylan consider the implications for NATO and the EU and suggest ways to consolidate cooperation between the two organisations.
The recent call between President Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron has led some to believe that the US administration might be ready to shift its traditional position on EU defence. Max Bergmann, Senior Fellow at American Progress, argues that now is the time for the EU to come up with something tangible for America to get behind.