A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.
The conflict in Transnistria is far from both resolution and explosion. Convergence of international players’ interests in maintaining peace and high levels of connectivity between the Moldova and Transnistria has resulted in stability. But a conflict management strategy that relies upon a sub-optimal equilibrium is hardly enough—more needs to be done to prepare for a settlement in the long term.
In contrast to the populist image Russian President Vladimir Putin has created to galvanize support, he is part of today’s Russian establishment elite.
Jordan is making a concerted effort to address unemployment by restricting foreign labor and promising increased vocational training.
Despite a deteriorating relationship, Brussels and Ankara will have to find a way to work together.
Looking beyond the traditional areas of high-technology and defence cooperation, and the more recent focus on global mitigation of climate change, New Delhi and Paris appear ready to lend a strong regional dimension to their strategic partnership.
The work of transitional institutions is impossible unless economic agents can be confident that the state will fulfill its obligations and that the rules of the game do not depend on the whims of a particular leader. Statistics show that democracy protects investors from expropriation and from arbitrary changes better than dictatorships do, thereby bringing about increased economic growth.
Analyst Sergio Altuna Galán discusses Al-Qa‘eda’s rebranding, as well as the jihadi situation in Tunisia and Libya.
NATO’s forward presence is meant to discourage Russia from escalating and to give Moscow reasons to seek a nonmilitary solution. Will this strategy succeed?
India and Pakistan’s behavior after both countries acquired nuclear weapons provides some context for North Korea's nuclear strategy and rationale.