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Now you see it. Now you don’t. Neo-Ottomanism as political illusion

Now you see it. Now you don’t. Neo-Ottomanism as political illusion

The word neo-Ottomanism has never been used at the official level and, as one can be pretty certain, will never be openly heard from a Turkish official, unless perhaps by a Freudian slip. Nevertheless neo-Ottomanism is acquiring widespread usage and hence altered the basic tone of the Turkish foreign policy.

Lisbon – another EU attack on democracy

Lisbon – another EU attack on democracy

The mood in the UK towards the EU is currently one of angry resignation. We are angry because Lisbon has been such a dishonest and anti democratic process. We were thrilled when France and Holland voted the constitution down. What part of “No” don’t they understand, we bellowed across the Channel? Why can’t they get this democratic thing? If you ask the public you accept their verdict. Sometimes the people know best.

CSDP after Lisbon: forging a global grand bargain?

CSDP after Lisbon: forging a global grand bargain?

The European Union, in the wake of Lisbon, has become an international actor. It now faces two major external challenges. The first is to develop strategic vision for a potentially tumultuous emerging multi-polar world. The second challenge is to help nudge the other major actors towards a multilateral global grand bargain. The price of failure will be a return to the jungle – a jungle in which European assets will count for very little.

OBAMA ALMOST MAKES THE RIGHT DECISION

A recent report indicated that President Obama had finally made a security policy related decision—not on his Afghanistan strategy which is yet to be announced– but rather on whether or not his administration would seek to have the US sign the treaty banning the production and use of anti-personnel land mines, a treaty that 156 other nations have already signed.

Location, Location, Location:  Situating the European External Action Service

Location, Location, Location: Situating the European External Action Service

Whilst the European media is full of stories about the new President of the European Council and the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs, the third development of an EU Ministry of Foreign Affairs appears to have fallen off the radar, despite fierce turf wars erupting across Brussels as to its proper role.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Elephants in the Room

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Elephants in the Room

Cutting through the friendly appearance and conciliatory rhetoric of the Obama administration does not detract from the reality that regarding the Middle East, nothing of substance has changed as the Iranian President asserts.

What Middle East Policy to Expect from the New German Government? When promising ideas threaten to be buried in transatlantic waters

What Middle East Policy to Expect from the New German Government? When promising ideas threaten to be buried in transatlantic waters

However big the political odds are, a rational-pragmatic input by the FDP could constructively impact the foreign policy discourse in Europe’s largest country

Iran: A good test of U.S. diplomacy

Iran: A good test of U.S. diplomacy

President Obama has deemed this an era of ‘extended hand’ diplomacy, in which the United States must reach out to its adversaries in an effort to build on mutual interests and respect. In doing so, U.S. diplomats have promised to utilize a strategy of smart power. The ability of such a strategy to meet U.S. needs and global problems now faces its first real test as the U.S. undergoes negotiations with Iran concerning their uranium enrichment program.

One Year On: The G20 and Economic Leadership

One Year On: The G20 and Economic Leadership

The economic crisis has brought about a transformation in international governance, signalling a break with the established economic architecture. While at the outset, measures taken appeared in an ad hoc or temporary manner, the decision at the recent Pittsburgh Summit to institutionalize the Group of 20 leaders’ summit reflects a decided shift in economic leadership. New players, new institutions and new issues have moved to the centre of the agenda.

The Long Term Implications of Obama’s Missile Defense Decision May Undermine Stability

The Long Term Implications of Obama’s Missile Defense Decision May Undermine Stability

There are many arguments as to why placing a ballistic missile defense (BMD) system in Poland and the Czech Republic is a bad idea. However, none are compelling enough to justify the decision by the Obama Administration to drop plans laid out by the Bush Administration to deploy a long range BMD in those two nations.

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