Does the European Union Have a Final Frontier?

Commentary by Louis VIS Defining the boundaries of a country or nation state is vital to help build a sense of identity, because it helps distinguish between insiders and outsiders; ‘us’ and ‘them’.  A ‘frontier’ can be defined as ‘a line or border separating two countries’, and therefore a ‘final frontier’ implies a static or immovable … More Does the European Union Have a Final Frontier?

Is North Korea’s Nuclear Belligerence Rational?

Analysis by Alex IRELAND North Korea’s pursuit of deliverable nuclear weapons, with all of the attendant missile and bomb tests, is extremely expensive and attracts costly international condemnation. Many of the international sanctions crippling the country’s economy are motivated by North Korea’s nuclear belligerence, yet instead of renouncing nuclear weapons pursuit, the country is spending … More Is North Korea’s Nuclear Belligerence Rational?

What Does the Future International Landscape Mean for EU Foreign Policy? (Part II)

Analysis by Danaë LAZARI In Part One of this article, contemporary EU foreign policy was shown to broadly exist on two planes – conventional (which is somewhat different to what is normally understood by the term), and structural (whereby the EU stabilises external countries to its ‘ways of doing things’). Characterised by an extremely complicated … More What Does the Future International Landscape Mean for EU Foreign Policy? (Part II)

What Does the Future International Landscape Mean for EU Foreign Policy? (Part I)

Commentary by Danaë LAZARI Foreign policy has traditionally held a high standing in the national policy of a state. Existing in the concept of ‘high politics’, it is an area widely regarded as a pinnacle of modern statehood, and is closely tied to national sovereignty. The very concept of an EU foreign policy is therefore probably … More What Does the Future International Landscape Mean for EU Foreign Policy? (Part I)

The EU-India Strategic Partnership: A Problem of Strategy?

Analysis by Fiona GESKES The EU’s strategic partnerships (US, China, Brazil, Japan, India, Russia, Canada, Mexico, South Korea and South Africa), like its foreign policy more generally, are never far from the criticism that they are ineffectual. Its partnership with India especially tends to leave observers wondering what the substantive value of such a strategic … More The EU-India Strategic Partnership: A Problem of Strategy?