French Foreign Policy in South Asia: NATO’s Bridge to India?

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by Arthur Chan Speak to French officials about the role they envision for their country in the world, and there is a familiar refrain among them. Words like “autonomous” or “non-aligned” continue to find their way into conversations, even after the 2009 decision to return France to NATO’s integrated command. Serving officials from President Hollande himself and Foreign Minister Laurent …

Charting a New Direction for France and Europe: How Hollande Will Steer His Country and the Continent

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by Geoff Atchison Stepping into office May 15th as the first Socialist president of France in 17 years, François Hollande marks a strong departure from the center-right policies of his predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy, and intends to focus on leading the country towards economic growth and a balanced budget. Having served in his new position only three weeks, Hollande has already …

France 2012: Not so European after All

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By Thomas Aitchison The involvement of German Chancellor Merkel in France’s 2012 Presidential Election potentially marks a new era of European cross border campaigning. However, if this election is anything to go by, it is not a successful strategy leaders should adopt anytime soon. French President Sarkozy continues to trail in the polls and Merkel’s support did nothing to help …

Separated by a Common Alliance

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by Griffin W. Huschke So now we’re in-fighting in NATO over the whole Libya thing.  Thirteen days into the NATO-led bombing campaign against loyalist forces in Libya, and the alliance is already showing signs of strain.  The Hawks, led by France and the UK, have expressed their displeasure over the small impact the bombing missions have made thus far (the …