Commentary by Louis VIS Had it not been for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil not much news would have happened. Who could complain? Yet whilst the world had turned its attention to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, a few politicians managed to make headlines and ruin the Brazilian party. On Monday, the … More The Olympic Games: Challenging Identity
Commentary by Kirsten WILLIAMS Austria and Turkey have long endured a somewhat fractious relationship. As the seats of the Habsburg and Ottoman empires, the nations were frequently at war with each other, vying for influence and power. The downfall of both dynasties came almost simultaneously, at the end of the First World War. In the … More Austria and Turkey’s Big Falling Out
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?
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?
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)
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)
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?