Global trade governance: the WTO at a crossroads
4 December 2006

This Working Paper by Rorden Wilkinson, Raimund Raith, Robert Howse and Kalypso Nicolaidis highlights just how much is at stake in the negotiations.

EU-Turkey relations 43 years on: train crash or temporary derailment?
30 November 2006
Amanda Paul (Senior Policy Analyst)

This Issue Paper by Amanda Akçakoca charts the history of relations between the two sides, assesses the state of play in Turkey’s reform process and warns that domestic issues are likely to distract the government from membership negotiations over the coming year, whatever the outcome of the current crisis.

The EU and ASEM: gesture politics or fruitful dialogue?
8 September 2006

The forthcoming ASEM summit is seen as an important link in the chain of Asia-Europe relations, but what practical benefits does the process have for interregional cooperation? Over the past decade, it has strengthened dialogue between the two sides, but has also been criticised as a ‘talking shop’. This Policy Brief by Jonas Knops argues that if the process is to remain significant, Europeans needs to devote more time and effort to it.

Russia on the eve of the G8 summit
10 July 2006
Fraser Cameron (Senior Adviser to EPC on international programmes)

This Policy Brief by Fraser Cameron argues that the EU has a long-term interest in a stable, peaceful, democratic Russia and what it needs, above all, is a united approach: neither blind Russia-bashing, nor supine acquiescence, but a sustained commitment to a relationship which strikes the right balance between rapprochement and distance.

A human security agenda for the EU?
21 June 2006

This Issue Paper by John Kotsopoulos argues that adopting a formal human security agenda would benefit the EU by improving the coordination and focus of its external relations policies.

The European Neighbourhood Policy as a conflict prevention tool
13 June 2006
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World) and Fraser Cameron (Senior Adviser to EPC on international programmes)

This Issue Paper, written by Fraser Cameron in collaboration with Rosa Balfour, argues that although the ENP was not designed with conflict prevention in mind, it has the potential to be an important instrument to stabilise and resolve conflicts in the wider Europe.

The EU and Latin America: the other transatlantic relationship
28 April 2006

This Policy brief by Vanessa Matthews sets out the background to current EU-Latin American relations, argues that the EU now has a “window of opportunity” to deepen its dialogue with the region, and says improved ties could reap rich rewards for both sides.

Iran's nuclear challenge and European diplomacy
22 March 2006

This Issue Paper by Sara Kutchesfahani argues that diplomacy could still play a role in resolving the crisis. It analyses the background to the current impasse and explains the reasons for Iran’s nuclear brinkmanship. It recommends using both ‘carrots’ and ‘sticks’ to resolve the dispute, keeping the diplomatic channels between Europe and Iran open, working jointly with the US and bringing Russia to the forefront of the process.

EU-Russia energy relations: the need for active engagement
15 March 2006

This Issue Paper by Andrew Monaghan and Lucia Montanaro-Jankovski examines the key dimensions of the EU-Russia energy dialogue. It proposes a three-pronged strategy for the Union: it must improve its energy efficiency, enhance its relations with key transit states; and devote time to building a more effective relationship with Russia.

Emerging from the shadows: the EU's role in conflict resolution in Indonesia
6 March 2006

This EPC Issue Paper by Caroline Bivar explains, a results-oriented and coherent EU policy has emerged in East Timor and Aceh over the last decade, demonstrating that the Union is capable of developing effective responses to situations beyond Europe’s borders.

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