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Missile Defence: Postpone and Re-evaluate

America’s planned missile defence system in Central Europe is supposed to protect against terrorists and “rogue states” – but, in reality, they’ve set up a confrontation between NATO and Russia. By Ondřej Liška

From Military Alliance to Military Partnership

Sixty years ago the European Union didn’t exist; now it’s a fully mature political entity. It’s time for NATO to recognise Europe’s capacity for independent foreign and military policy. By Sven Biscop

Russia and the West

Putin's state visit in the U.S. and the current tensions between the blocks. A plea for greater civil society contacts from June 2007. By Ralf Fücks

A European Strategy for the Southern Caucasus

On November 6-7, 2008 South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation and Bertelsmann Foundation initiated a strategic cooperation dedicated to "A European Strategy for the Southern Caucasus".

A European Strategy for the Southern Caucasus - Towards identifying an agenda

After the five-day war between Russia and Georgia, actors, issues and the agenda involved need to be identified. A discussion paper for the conference “A European Strategy for the Southern Caucasus” in Tbilisi on 6-7 November 2008, jointly organized by the Bertelsmann Foundation, Guetersloh and the Heinrich Boell Foundation’s Southern Caucasus Office. By Iris Kempe

Transatlantic Convergence

With Barack Obama the USA will become both more american and more european. By entering into dialogue with its international partners, America will also expect them to shoulder more of the responsibility. This will not necessarily be comfortable for Europe. By Ralf Fücks

Development of socio-political situation in Belarus

Belarusian politics, society, economy, and foreign relations enter a new stage in post-Communist history. Yet the expected transition provides only dim prospects for democracy, more likely seems the return of another, kinder form of authoritarianism. By Vitali Silitski

The Parliamentary (Non)-Election in Belarus: A Look from the Inside

For the Belarusian opposition, the lesson of the parliamentary non-election should be straightforward: against the backdrop of irrelevant discussions, unnecessary divisions, and petty factionalism, its Western supporters will be forced to seek engagement with Minsk even if it will mean shifting from a bad policy to a worse one. By Vitali Silitski

The Georgia-Russia Conflict: Views from Brussels

The EU should readjust its relations with Russia. In this it must bear in mind that Moscow no longer rules out military confrontations as a means of pursuing its interests. Accordingly the EU has to more clearly define its external policies. Should a country like Georgia, which has strategic importance for the West, be left to a Russian sphere of influence? By Roderick Kefferpütz and Iris Kempe

EU Policy After the Irish No Vote

Th EU needs to seriously address its democratic deficit and the disillusionment that many Europeans feel for the Union. Dealing with these issues will surely not be an easy task but it will, without a doubt, enrich European democracy and the very ideals that we stand for and wish to promote in the world. By Claude Weinber and Roderick Kefferpütz

The Next Big Project for the EU is Energy

The global energy system is undergoing a structural crisis. At its heart lies the need to restrain climatic change while at the same time dealing with energy security in an era of rapidly growing demand. By Michaele Schreyer, Ralf Fücks

The EU and its Neighbours: After the 2004 Paradigm Changes

Independent of the EU’s internal debates on reform and enlargement the extension of co-operation beyond the borders of the EU will remain pressing. An updated European Neighbourhood Policy could enable the EU to engage its neighbours flexibly, keeping options open for closer future integration.
By Dr. Iris Kempe

Quo Vadis EU III: At Europe’s frontier - has the EU reached its limit?

The uncertainty inherent in the motto for this conference, organised by the Heinrich Böll Foundation, was clearly shared by the participants on 25th April at the Berlin House of Representatives. At this conference on the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), researchers and EU politicians discussed why there has been so little progress towards its objective of creating a “circle of friendly nations”.

Moving Out of the Doldrums?

Russia and the European Union are increasingly bound together – if not by common values, then by virtue of their interdependence. Beyond strong economic ties, both actors have a mutual interest in maintaining international stability and a secure neighbourhood.