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Strategic Ghosting: Waning US-UK Global Leadership

While many assessments of the June 8th general election in the United Kingdom have focused on its impact on Brexit, a less explored question is what it will mean for a cornerstone of Britain’s security policy - its “special relationship” with the United States and the ability of the US-UK alliance to shape gl...

Macron: Europe’s Saviour?

If in France Macron obtained a large majority in the National Assembly, largely thanks to a voting system which is no worse in Europe than the United Kingdom in terms of representativeness, in fact the French President’s state of grace already seems to be deceiving...

The UK vote: dealing with the unexpected

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. When British Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap general election in April, buoyed by strong approval ratings, she was confident that her Conservative party would claim an easy landslide victory...

Southeast Asia in the age of Trump

In the early months of the Donald Trump administration, most South-East Asian nations have found themselves in a relatively familiar place in their dealings with Washington - on the periphery of U.S. policy. President Trump spoke with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte over the phone and has invited other South-East Asian leaders to the White House...

New prospects for Europe with a renewed Franco-German relationship?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right CDU has won the last three regional elections in Germany. This show of political strength included beating the centre-left SPD in its heartland, North Rhine-Westphalia, the most populous German region, making the victory a good indicator for the upcoming federal elections in September...

The NATO Summit: modest decisions and ambiguous signals

Summits such as NATO, the EU Council and G7 are traditionally about concrete decisions and symbolic gestures, with both aspects being politically relevant. Sometimes these meetings are more about decisions, sometimes more about symbols. Thursday’s NATO Alliance gathering in Brussels was modest on the first front, and unclear on the second one...

NATO Trump summit: modest decisions, unclear symbols

Summits such as NATO, the EU Council and G7 are traditionally about concrete decisions and symbolic gestures, with both aspects being politically relevant. Sometimes these meetings are more about decisions, sometimes more about symbols. Thursday’s NATO Alliance gathering in Brussels was modest on the first front, and unclear on the second one...

Trump Lectures NATO: A Burden-Sharing Quest on Steroids

US President Donald Trump was blunt and demanding in his speech to the NATO summit in Brussels. Indeed, much of the rhetoric was reminiscent of his statements during the 2016 U.S...

What future for the Iran nuclear deal under Rouhani 2.0?

On May 19, about 45 million Iranians participated in the twelfth presidential election since the 1979 revolution, in which the incumbent President Hassan Rouhani gained a strong majority of votes...

The US in the Mideast: balance of power and domestic forces

 The core message sent by President Donald Trump during his visit to Saudi Arabia is that the US intends to consolidate security ties with traditional allies in the region (including Israel)...