The effectiveness of EU sanctions - An analysis of Iran, Belarus, Syria and Myanmar (Burma)
18 November 2013
Francesco Giumelli (External authors) and Paul Ivan (Senior Policy Analyst)

In this Issue Paper, Francesco Giumelli and Paul Ivan argue that EU sanctions positively contribute to shaping the EU’s external relations, but more should be done in terms of their design and monitoring.

Beyond the Vilnius Summit: challenges for deeper EU integration with Eastern Europe
31 October 2013
Laure Delcour (External authors) and Kataryna Wolczuk (Reader in Politics and International Studies at the University of Birmingham)

In the run up to the Vilnius Eastern Partnership summit at the end of November, Laure Delcour and Kataryna Wolczuk explore both the economic and political costs and benefits of the Association and Free Trade Agreements which form the backbone of EU policy towards the region, arguing that Vilnius is just a first step in deepening EU integration with Eastern Europe.

Beyond Vilnius: keeping the Eastern Partnership on track
7 October 2013
Amanda Paul (Senior Policy Analyst)

Ahead of the November EaP Vilnius Summit, this Commentary by Amanda Paul looks at the challenges faced by the Eastern Partnership countries, the issue of Russian coercion and the EU’s response.

Risky resources – Time to frame an EU approach to meeting the resource challenge
23 September 2013
Andrea Frontini (Former Policy Analyst at the EPC) and Annika Hedberg (Head of Sustainable Prosperity for Europe programme and Senior Policy Analyst)

In this Discussion Paper, Annika Ahtonen and Andrea Frontini examine the global resource challenge and its implications for Europe. They explore the socio-economic, environmental, political and security dimensions of the challenge, taking water as a specific example of an area for action, and call for a comprehensive and strategic EU approach both internally and externally.

Advancing a multi-level system of European commercial diplomacy: is there a role for the EU?
18 September 2013
Andrea Frontini (Former Policy Analyst at the EPC)

In this Policy Brief, Andrea Frontini argues that in light of manifold developments affecting the promotion of European exports and investment abroad, a stronger EU role in commercial diplomacy might help Europe’s economies and societies to better reap the benefits of globalisation.

Challenges for the EU in the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: Azerbaijani and Armenian perspectives
17 June 2013
Richard Giragosian (External authors) and Zaur Shiriyev (Senior Research Fellow, ADA University)

The EU still remains very much a peripheral player in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, seemingly content with supporting the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group and financing a number of confidence and peace-building projects. However, with the EU being one of the most ‘neutral’ external powers involved in the region, and having made conflict resolution a priority of both its European Neighbourhood Policy and Eastern Partnership, there would seem to be scope for Brussels to take on a greater role, argue Zaur Shiriyev and Richard Giragosian in these two Policy Briefs. 

A Plan B, C and D for an EU policy towards Iran
10 June 2013
Cornelius Adebahr (Political analyst and entrepreneur working on European foreign policy; Associate in the Europe Programme at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Associate Fellow of the Research Institute of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP))

Presidential elections in Iran on 14 June may lead to changes there. Is the EU prepared? In this Policy Brief, Cornelius Adebahr argues that the EU needs to be prepared for change – for better or for worse – and better equip itself for future relations with Tehran and with Iranians.

Georgia: the next episode
15 May 2013
Dennis Sammut (Member of the EPC's Strategic Council; Director, LINKS)

Dennis Sammut argues in this Commentary that a new sense of political maturity offers the best opportunity yet for Georgia to move away from the problems of its recent past towards its declared objective of European and Euro-Atlantic integration.

Serving the citizens? Consular role of the EEAS grows in small steps
30 April 2013
Kristi Raik (External authors)

In the longer term, there is a strong economic rationale for assigning EU Delegations with consular assistance tasks, argues Kristi Raik in this Policy Brief. Building up such a capacity for the EEAS would require additional resources, but pooling resources in this way would ease, not duplicate, the burden on member states. But if these benefits are to materialise, then a major leap is required in member states’ views on the transfer of national competences and resources to EU level, the paper concludes.

A Chinese view: What does the change in Chinese leadership mean for the future of the China-EU relationship?
27 March 2013
Jiang Shixue (External authors)

The change of China’s political leadership is unlikely to herald major policy changes in the domestic or foreign arenas, and Beijing’s policy towards the EU will also generally be unchanged, writes Jiang Shixue in this Commentary.

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