From Mare Nostrum (Our Sea) to Mare Vestrum (Your Sea): Transatlantic Insecurity in the Mediterranean

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by Fabio Capano “The Mediterranean, by its profound influence over southern Europe, has contributed in no small measure to prevent the unity of that Europe, which it has attracted towards its shores and then divided to its own advantage.” With these words French historian Fernand Braudel highlighted the porosity of the Mediterranean’s borders as well as competition among multiple social, …

What the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Means for the EU

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If, and when, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is concluded, it will impact trade and economies far beyond the boundaries of countries included in the agreement. The trade deal spans four continents and is the latest in a wave of free trade agreements (FTAs) to emerge in the wake of the World Trade Organization’s stalled Doha Round. Yet the EU has been left out of the negotiations. While the EU has FTAs with a few countries involved in the trade talks, it risks ceding market share, access, and billions of euros in exports to many countries tied to the TPP.

A Bloody Borderland: Insight into the Ukraine Crisis

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Today, Russia’s territorial ambition in Crimea represents the greatest challenge to the widely shared principles of national sovereignty, territorial integrity and peoples’ right to self-determination that emerged from the ashes of two world wars. More than a year after Russia’s annexation of Crimea, this specific feature of the conflict deserves the attention of the international community as it has major implications for the European order.

The Case for Arms: What is at Stake if Weapons are Sent to Ukraine

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by Arie Groenveld Since the Ukraine Crisis began, Western states have faced growing pressure to provide the Ukrainian government with lethal weapons to combat Russian and separatist forces in the east of the country. President Obama has so far been reluctant to provide arms, first wanting to give sanctions more time and exhaust all possible diplomatic efforts. The administration is …

The UK’s Potential EU Referendum

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by Molly Shutt Viewed as a political move to recapture the far-right, in 2013 British Prime Minister David Cameron guaranteed a public referendum on Britain’s European Union membership in 2017, if his party wins the general election coming up on May 7th. This move reignited the longstanding internal debate over UK-EU relations, and will continue to dominate the political scene …

The Greek Debt Crisis: Shaping a Compromise

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by Molly Shutt The ongoing negotiations between the Greek government and international creditors looking to reach a deal on the terms for bailout funds have been tense, accusatory and largely inconclusive. With the next official meeting of Eurozone finance ministers on April 24th, Athens has attempted to placate creditors to secure a third bailout and gain access to €7.2 billion …

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: The State of the Debate and the Bigger Picture

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by Molly Shutt The debate surrounding the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the U.S. and the EU is heating up once again, and accusations from adversaries and responses from advocates within the EU are increasingly contradictory. EU national leaders sympathize with both sides, and critics repeatedly demand more despite assurances of protection. In order to pare down …

Russia’s New Military Doctrine and NATO

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by Arie Groenveld On December 26, 2014, Russia released its new military doctrine. In this document, as in the previous edition released in 2010, NATO is named as the main external danger to Russia. While this updated military doctrine was first requested by the Russian Security Council in July 2013, it comes at a time when relations between Russia and …

Weaker Euro, Stronger Dollar: Implications for the Transatlantic Economy

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by Michael Landry The success of firms engaged in international trade is, to a large degree, tied to the value of their domestic currencies – a reduction in the value of a given firm’s home currency generally increases demand for its exports, while an increase in value lowers demand. Many investors looking at growth expectations believe there are likely to …

NATO Membership for Sweden and Finland?

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by Dean Ensley The Ukraine Crisis, however it is ultimately resolved, will have a lasting impact on the NATO-Russia relationship. With increasing Russian assertiveness in terms of gas exports, bomber flights and naval expansion, Sweden and Finland are likely to reconsider their positions on joining NATO. While membership would benefit these countries and the alliance, it would lead to a net …