On 27-28 June 2018, the European Leadership Network hosted a roundtable discussion in the UK House of Lords examining the political, security and economic conditions in the Western Balkans and how best to promote stability and democratic reform across the region. The meeting was co-chaired by Lord Browne of Ladyton and ELN member and former Albanian Defence Minister, Fatmir Mediu.
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Growing tensions between Turkey and its allies, particularly the United States, is a growing source of concern. Is Turkey, once considered a staunch supporter of the Trans-Atlantic security community, drifting apart? ELN member and former Turkish Ambassador to the United Kingdom Ünal Çeviköz shares his views.
After the failed coup attempt, Zeynep Alemdar offers three scenarios for the future of EU-Turkey relations.
Raynova argues that NATO’s response to Russian actions in the Black Sea must balance responsiveness to the concerns of regional allies with proportionality and restraint.
ELN Research Director, Lukasz Kulesa, and Research Fellow, Thomas Frear, outline three priorities in responding to the downing of a Russian jet by Turkish forces; establish the facts, de-escalate the crisis and urgently develop procedures to avoid another crisis.
Ozdem Sandberk outlines the many problems faced by Turkey in its Middle Eastern neighbourhood, arguing that in such a fragmented region a military solution in Syria is not viable.