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.


After the annus horribilis: a review of the EU institutions
12 January 2006

This Working Paper is the product of a series of brainstorming seminars on the key institutions – Commission, Council and Parliament - with high-level practitioners and academics, to examine what works and what needs reform.


The role of Balkan Muslims in building a European Islam
25 November 2005

This Issue Paper, by Xavier Bougarel, examines the history and nature of the Muslim communities in the Balkans, and assesses the relationship between Balkan Islam and the Muslim world and the place the former occupies in the emerging pan-European Islamic public space. 


Shocks without frontiers
16 November 2005

This Issue Paper explores what the European Union could or should do in this area, in addition to action by individual Member States.


Communicating Europe to the world: what public diplomacy for the EU?
15 November 2005

In this Working Paper, Dov Lynch analyses the roots of the problem and suggests some first steps towards an effective European Union public diplomacy strategy.


The EU and international organisations - partners in crisis management
25 October 2005
Fraser Cameron (Senior Adviser to EPC on international programmes)

The European Security Strategy states that the European Union stands for "effective multilateralism", defined as "the development of a stronger international society, well-functioning international institutions and a rule-based international order". To promote effective multilateralism and ensure conflict prevention and crisis management remain a priority, the EU must seek to strengthen both its own role in the major international institutions as well as the institutions themselves. This is the key message from an Issue Paper on the EU and international organisations: partners in crisis management.


Good cops, bad mobs? EU policies to fight trans-national organised crime in the Western Balkans
11 October 2005

This Issue Paper by Lucia Montanaro-Jankovski examines all the different facets of this problem, assesses the EU's response, and advocates a more comprehensive and coherent approach.


Financing Europe - the budget conundrum
29 September 2005

This Issue Paper explains the background to the current round of talks, highlights the weaknesses and contradictions of the main actors involved, and warns of the pernicious consequences this could have for the Union as a whole.


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