Tom Wright from Brookings will discuss how the United States and its allies should adjust their strategy to preserve and strengthen the international order in a more geopolitically competitive world.
With no real case to make, the bullying opponents of the European Union's long-delayed plan to label produce from Israeli settlements in the West Bank are crying anti-Semitism, cheapening the term at a particularly inopportune time.
This essay forms part of ECFR's "Syria: Views from the Region" project, exploring the regional responses and ramifications of the Syrian uprising and civil war. The project will include eight essays documenting the dynamics driving the key regional states and actors most affected by the conflict.
Amman has gradually escalated its anti-Assad posture, providing wider political and military support in a bid to try and prevent the emergence of a chaotic no man’s land on its border, it continues to seek a political deal to end the conflict.
Iran views Syria through the prism of the larger struggle it perceives being waged against the Islamic Republic by regional and Western actors. It fears that the ouster of the Assad regime will pave the way for the emergence of a new Syrian and regional order intrinsically and actively hostile towards Tehran.
The government of Nouri al-Maliki has positioned itself as a firm supporter of Bashar al-Assad, notably out of fear that his defeat would empower similar Sunni opposition forces in Iraq. But Iraq’s Sunni actors and Kurds are using the crisis in Syria to assert their own ambitions.
The Gulf states, particularly Saudi Arabia and Qatar, have been key to shaping the Syrian uprising. However, while their desire to dislodge Syria from the Iranian orbit has been central to their efforts, this does not account for the full complexity of their interests.
The opportunity to find a two-state solution to the Palestine/Israel question is in danger of being squandered, and that the world will turn its back on the Israelis and Palestinians
People used to ask whether democracies had the makeup for war. But when it comes to Syria, it seems that it is diplomacy rather than warfare that is most difficult for Western onlookers to digest.
ECFR reports: life and politics in Gaza
ECFR reports: Julien Barnes-Dacey on Syria's conflict
ECFR español: Jose I. Torreblanca sobre el Broken Link
ECFR agenda: the Italian 'Sleeping Beauty'
ECFR Deutsch: Thomas König erklärt die Nord Korea Krise
ECFR italiano: Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi sull' Iran
The eruption of protest in Istanbul and other Turkish cities expresses vigorous opposition to the political direction of prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. This is a big, even historic, moment in Turkey.
"The wandering Europeans" quoting ECFR report on the two-state solution.
Germany is a "geo-economic power": an article on "Obamerkel" quotes Hans Kundnani.
Two former NATO chiefs cite ECFR's Syria paper in their call for diplomacy