The South Caucasus is a strategically significant part of the world — but the West’s presence in the region seems to be gradually eroding. Daniel Shapiro provides suggestions regarding areas in which Western countries can re-engage.
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Turkey and the UK have great potential to strengthen their defence and security cooperation following their recent free trade agreement, write Tacan Ildem and Fatih Ceylan. To take this forward, they should elaborate a Joint Vision Paper (JVP) on enhanced Turkey-UK defence cooperation, to be shared within NATO.
Brexit incentivises the discussions about the role of the non-EU NATO members – including Turkey – in European defence and security, argue Ambassadors Fatih Ceylan and Tacan Ildem. They write that a process of developing a new transatlantic compact could be launched at the upcoming NATO Summit.
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.
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.