The fact that we are so taken aback by this crisis, even though the Americans did not hide their intentions, illustrates our level of dependency towards them.
At least since the invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union, China has viewed the country through a lens of threat
The newsletter on foreign policy refers to several of ECFR’s Afghanistan commentaries and interviews
No one will fill the void of the United States; not even the European Union, which is now is under great pressure, which now, fearing terrorism and immigration
In the medium term, there may be a convergence between international terrorist groups and the most radical wing of the Talibans, which could increase the terrorist threat in the West
Afghanistan is one of the few issues where China’s interests and those of the US and Europe are relatively well aligned
ECFR’s policy experts examine what the Taliban takeover means for countries and regions around the world: Europe, the US, the Middle East, Russia, China, Iran, Turkey, and the Sahel
Beijing instrumentalises its fishing fleet for geopolitical gain, as evidenced by its policy on the South China Sea. Europe cannot be a bystander on the issue.
The EU urgently needs to incorporate the concept and reality of the ‘protected home market advantage’ into its thinking on China
As European and US ambivalence towards the Western Balkans persists, the region will be in increasing danger of falling into an endless spiral of competition between various foreign actors
As climate action becomes more material to economic interests, Europe and China will both compete and cooperate with each other, against the backdrop of an overarching systemic rivalry
Europe should upgrade its security activities, and seize the moment to push multilateral institutions up the agenda. But it will be Europe’s connectivity agenda that provides the golden thread running through its foreign policy and its other objectives in the region.
In its remaining months, the German Council presidency could use this momentum to create institutional structures to improve the EU’s capacity to act
The crisis is intensifying demands for Europe to puts its China policy on a more open, accountable, and values-based footing
Europeans should monitor China’s influence on regional stability and political dynamics, especially in relation to surveillance technology and arms sales
Introduction François Godement Developments in the digital and artificial intelligence arenas in China have attracted so much hype abroad that…
Germany will find it increasingly hard to maintain its current level of prosperity – and security – without charting a new course on China. Fortunately, German voters seem ready for change.
The end of the US-led “forever war” in Afghanistan will not bring peace, because the methods that countries use to attack each other have changed. The world has entered a new age of perpetual competition among powerful states.
Western countries’ communications on Afghanistan have been a mess since the fall of Kabul, says Omid Nouripour. The country is set to face three types of wars – with the West as mere onlookers.
Nothing was inevitable about the Taliban reconquering of Afghanistan. But in the end the US lost what minimal strategic patience it had.
After Afghanistan, countries such as Germany should reconsider their presence in Mali, unless the ruling class commits to good governance and democratic principles
Europe needs to take a hard look at what worked and what did not work in Afghanistan. Only then can it gradually and realistically build up its own capacities, rather than aim for grandiose schemes that lack public support.
ECFR’s Janka Oertel and Andrew Small discuss China’s attitude towards the NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan
The EU’s and India’s willingness to fulfil the untapped economic potential of their relationship indicates that their positions might still quite far apart but, for geopolitical reasons, they want to reach a compromise
Friends and foes alike will pay careful attention to the contents of the EU’s Indo-Pacific strategy. On the current reading, Europe’s friends in particular may be disappointed.
China’s growing assertiveness is already driving closer cooperation among democracies. The EU should now incorporate the Quad more directly into its strategic thinking and activity.
It will take more than just strong support from France, Germany, and the Netherlands to ensure that the new EU strategy for the Indo-Pacific is effective in the long term
Indians are many, as are their demands, aspirations, and ideas
How will the Western withdrawal impact on the state of European defence and military capabilities?
What are the prospects for a closer EU-India relationship following the upcoming EU-India Leaders Summit?
Can Europe compete in today’s new geopolitical realities? Does the Union find itself in a technology war with China? And are at least cooperative solutions…