Ian O. Lesser

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Ian O. Lesser

Dr. Ian Lesser is Executive Director of the Transatlantic Center, the Brussels office of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

This author wrote:

The Med: hub or flashpoint?

Enduring conflicts and unresolved disputes in the Eastern Mediterranean promise to shape – and constrain – the development of offshore energy in the near future. Shaky relations throughout the region hinder a growing roster of global stakeholders, forcing geopolitical and commercial interests to maintain a fine balance...

Extending the West requires rethinking mental maps

The idea of extending the West – a club of like-minded countries – has been at the heart of transatlantic debates over the past two decades. It had tangible expression in EU and NATO enlargement. Today, both of these processes are now less central and less strategic...

The shocks that always make a difference

Marta Dassù makes a very good point when she reminds us of the difficulty analysts and policy makers face in anticipating dramatic changes on the international scene. We are simply very bad at predicting the future...

The Greek crisis and transatlantic geopolitics

In the debate over the Greek financial crisis, attention has understandably focused on questions of policy, transparency and responsibility in Athens, and in Europe. The recent meeting of the Aspen European Dialogue in Venice (March 5-6, 2010) was devoted largely to Middle Eastern issues. But questions of European and global finance – and the Greek crisis – were never far from the surface...