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Merkel and the UK: a shared vision but lack of understanding (Anand Menon, Clingendael)

Chancellor Angela Merkel will leave active politics after the German federal elections on 26 September 2021. As Merkel’s departure after sixteen years will resonate across Europe, the Clingendael Spectator invited several international experts to offer their personal reflections on her legacy. In this seventh episode of the series ‘Europe after Merkel’, Anand Menon takes a […]

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Afghanistan. A new regional “great game” in and around Afghanistan ? (David Criekemans, Clingendael)

The commander of the Kabul Military Training Center introduces in 2011 then US Vice President Joe Biden to Afghan recruits. © NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan / Flickr The US withdrawal from Afghanistan has turned into a fiasco, leaving a de facto power vacuum. What damage have the unfolding events done to the reputation of the West? […]

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UAE/China/Horn of Africa – The UAE and China in the Horn of Africa (Jos Meester, Guido Lanfranchi, Clingendael)

Over the last decade, the UAE and China have vastly expanded their economic, political and military footprint in the Horn of Africa, and their actions now have the potential to shape developments in the region. Room for cooperation between Abu Dhabi and Beijing exists on issues such as maritime security, regional stability, and economic development. […]

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Europe/UK – EU-UK 2030 (Rem Korteweg, Clindendael)

Five years on from the EU referendum, we are still attempting to learn lessons and digest those we have learnt. In this country, the vast majority of attention has, unsurprisingly, focused on developments here – in parliament, in our constitutional settlement, and in the country as a whole. But how did the EU and its […]

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Germany – The Merkel Legacy: Avoiding Conflict for 16 Years (Dalibor Rohac, Clingendael)

Chancellor Angela Merkel will leave active politics after the German federal elections on 26 September 2021. As Merkel’s departure after sixteen years will resonate across Europe, the Clingendael Spectator invited several international experts to offer personal reflections on her legacy. In this first episode of the series ‘Europe after Merkel’, Dalibor Rohac of the American […]

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Western Balkans – The Prospects of the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans (Clingendael)

‘Energising enlargement?’ is the first webinar of our series ‘The prospects of the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans’.  Energising enlargement? With its Green Agenda for the Western Balkans, the EU has extended its climate ambitions to the six countries in South-Eastern Europe that aspire to join the Union. The Green Agenda may be an […]

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(Europe) Monetary Sovereignty: why the EU needs a digital euro (Clingendael)

Sanne van der Lugt, Gys Hough While other nations’ digital currencies are still in initial planning stages, China is at the forefront of monetary innovation with the launch of a digital yuan. Will it impact the United States’ control over the international payment system? And what are the geopolitical consequences of the EU not opting […]

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(USA/Iran) Lessons learned ? Biden’s trumpian way back to the Iran Deal (Clingendael)

GOOS HOFSTEE Recently, President Joe Biden announced that the United States is officially ready to join the co-signatories in talks trying to resurrect the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA) – or the so-called ‘nuclear deal’. Biden’s commitment to reviving the negotiations with Iran has always been a firm part of his election campaign, much […]

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(Ethiopia) The struggle over political finance in Ethiopia’s transition (Clingendael)

Jos Meester https://www.clingendael.org/publication/struggle-over-political-finance-ethiopias-transition

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(Europe/Turkey) A new momentum for EU-Turkey cooperation on migration (Clingendael)

Nienke van Heukelingen https://www.clingendael.org/publication/new-momentum-eu-turkey-cooperation-migration

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(Europe/Syria/Iraq) EU policies and interventions in the Syrian and Iraqi civil wars (Clingendael)

Erwin van Veen, Nancy Ezzeddine https://www.clingendael.org/publication/eu-policies-and-interventions-syrian-and-iraqi-civil-wars

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(Brexit) Did you have a merry Brexmas ? (Tim Oliver, Clingendael)

The build-up to Brexit has at times felt like opening the daily door on an underwhelming four and a half year advent calendar. When the big day finally arrived, did everyone get what they wanted for Brexmas? Spare a moment, if only as a gesture of post-festive goodwill, to think of the diplomats and officials […]