The Ottoman Slap to Democracy

Quick wit, slow decline: Months after Turkish President Erdoğan threatened his American counterpart with delivering the infamous “Ottoman slap” in response to US support for Kurdish militias in Syria, concerns for Turkey’s eroding democracy...
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Guerre contre le Terrorisme en Afrique: le Revers de la Médaille

Décrite en 2001 comme « le ventre mou du monde dans le contexte du terrorisme global » par l’ancienne conseillère à la sécurité nationale états unienne Susan Rice, l’Afrique a acquis une importance stratégique croissante pour...

The Franco-German Compromise: Laying the Foundations of a European Defence Union

Two years after the EU rolled out its new global strategy and security policy as a reaction to the Brexit referendum, Germany and France still struggle to find compromises on a number of crucial...

The EU’s Security Role in South Korea: from Bystander to Main Actor

Since initiating diplomatic ties 55 years ago, both the Republic of Korea and the European Union have benefited significantly from increased cross-sectoral cooperation. In light of a new geopolitical reality, tackling common security challenges...

Brexit Two Years On: Uncertainty in London, an Opportunity for the Western Balkans?

On June 23, 2016, European politics were shaken to the core by the United Kingdom’s decision to exit the European Union. Two years later, while the fate of Europe and Britain’s relationship remains uncertain,...

The European Common Energy Market – an Unattainable Goal?

The EU has revealed new energy policies aimed at market liberalization and increased energy security in light of its vulnerability concerning energy supplies. The feasibility of these measures, however, remains questionable due to costs...

The Janus of Nationalism: Croatia’s Hero Problems

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia has stuffed more gunpowder into the barrel. The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) reached the end of its mandate at the close of 2017....

Gesang und Tanz an der gefährlichsten Grenze der Welt

Was sich täglich zu Sonnenuntergang am Grenzübergang zwischen Indien und Pakistan abspielt, ähnelt auf den ersten Blick eher einem Volksfest als der Manifestation militärischer Stärke zweier Erzfeinde. Die Sitzreihen sind prallgefüllt mit Touristen, Schulklassen...

Drone Wars: To What End?

The American post 9/11 strategy has seen an increase in the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as a means of a more efficient counter-terrorism strategy, revolutionizing the art of war. But as the...

Swallowing the Pill: What to Do with North Korea?

In his annual New Year’s address, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un offered an olive branch to South Korea, suggesting negotiations on the participation of North Koreans in the Pyeongchang Olympics. This surprising move, that...