As the Iran nuclear deal enters its fourth year of implementation, ELN Policy Fellow Axel Hellman argues that its future looks more uncertain than ever. European leaders are under growing pressure to sustain the agreement and with growing frustration in Tehran and threats to European unity, face a number of challenges in the near term.
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Alice Billon-Galland was invited to contribute to the recently published House of Lord’s International Relations Committee’s inquiry on the future of UK foreign policy.
Sir Adam Thomson gives his afterthoughts on the 2018 Riga Dialogue, stating that many traditional frames of reference have not caught up with the reality of the Euro-Atlantic security situation.
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.
Stefano Stefanini, Italy’s former Ambassador to NATO, argues that the new Five Star-League Italian government will soon be faced with stark foreign policy choices. Although the government will likely remain anchored to NATO and will quickly learn it cannot ‘have it all’, the coalition could cause significant disruption to EU policy through populist stances on migration or Russia sanctions.
Axel Hellman and Denitsa Raynova look at the state of transatlantic relations and argue that European leaders should not distance themselves from the United States, but coordinate closely where possible while credibly demonstrating that they are willing to take on a greater share of responsibility for regional and international security.