China Olympics blog

A daily blog following key political stories in China during the Beijing Olympics

Russia and the Georgia war: the great-power trap

Russia’s flawed understanding of 21st-century international politics means that its military success in the war with Georgia could be followed by its strategic defeat

Winning the peace in Georgia

The EU’s frenetic diplomacy around the conflict is in stark contrast with its reluctance to engage just a few months ago

What next after the Doha Round?

The collapse of the WTO Doha round highlights the need for a new and improved global governance structure. An article in Italian from Il Sole 24 Ore

European defence: Noises off

On ESDP, a decade of procrastination and missed opportunities has taught us some important lessons

Peace, or more Euro-squabbling?

The debate over the Lisbon treaty should focus more on what the treaty will mean for the EU’s work abroad