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Paper/ Time to Re-engage with Kosovo and Serbia: Strengthening EU Foreign and Security Policy amidst Internal Contestation by P. Bargués, A. Dandashly, H. Dijkstra and G. Noutcheva

With the 15th year anniversary of Kosovo’s independence approaching in 2023, the status quo of the Kosovo-Serbia conflict looks increasingly untenable. For more than two decades, EU member states have addressed their own disagreements on the statehood of Kosovo by relying heavily on the EU institutions and insisting on technical and “status-neutral” policies. In this […]

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Brief/ The EU and Ukraine’s Public Opinion: Changing Dynamic by Olexiy Haran and Petro Burkovskyi

In this JOINT Brief, Olexiy Haran (National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy) and Petro Burkovskyi (Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation – DIF) analyse how dynamics in EU’s and Ukraine’s public opinion on each other as well as NATO have changed since 2014. In February 2022, 48% of Ukrainians would either fight or assist the army if […]

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Brief/ Russia’s War on Ukraine: Two Inconvenient Truths for the EU by Zachary Paikin

In this JOINT Brief, Zachary Paikin (Researcher at the Centre for European Policy Studies – CEPS) asks what sort of relationship the EU wants with Russia after the war in Ukraine. An equilibrium based on strategic containment? Peaceful coexistence? Full-blown regime change? For the EU to speak the ‘language of power’, that means understanding that […]

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Russia’s War on Ukraine: Two Inconvenient Truths for the EU

Following a spectacular Ukrainian counteroffensive and the retaking of Kherson, the war in Europe’s east has moved into a new phase. The immediate focus is now shifting to the chilling effects of winter – both on the frontline and on Western morale. That said, the EU and its member states are now confronted with two […]

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Time to Re-engage with Kosovo and Serbia: Strengthening EU Foreign and Security Policy amidst Internal Contestation

With the 15th year anniversary of Kosovo’s independence approaching in 2023, the status quo of the Kosovo-Serbia conflict looks increasingly untenable. For more than two decades, the European Union and its member states have heavily invested in bringing this conflict to a close through initiatives, such as the facilitated dialogue and the EULEX rule of […]

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The EU and Ukraine’s Public Opinion: Changing Dynamic

Introduction: The West appreciated Ukraine’s pluralism by default After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukrainian society and political establishment chose a different path of transformation than Russia. Ukraine gained its independence peacefully and without internal conflicts thanks to an agreement between the national-democratic opposition and the so called “national-communists”. The West appreciated the facts […]

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Brief/ Protests and Drones Push EU–Iran Relations to the Brink by Riccardo Alcaro

Iran’s crackdown on protests and drones to Russia raise questions for the EU: how to reconcile condemnation of Iran with EU interests in regional security and nuclear non-proliferation? In This JOINT Brief, Riccardo Alcaro, JOINT Project Coordinator, affirms that the EU response had best be calibrated so as not to deprive the clerical regime of […]

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Brief/ Beyond License Plates and Crisis Management: Options for the EU for a Final Agreement on Kosovo and Serbia by Pol Bargués, Assem Dandashly, Hylke Dijkstra, Gergana Noutcheva

With the failed meetings in Brussels, the EU seems to lose its leverage on the Kosovo-Serbia dispute. In this JOINT Brief, Pol Bargués (Research Fellow at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs – CIDOB), Assem Dandashly, Hylke Dijkstra and Gergana Noutcheva (Professors at Maastricht University) discuss how this meeting made clear that the EU’s approach […]

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Videos/ The EU and Security dynamics in the Indo-Pacific

In the Russian war in Ukraine scenario, which has had mainly economic consequences in the Indo-Pacific, the EU strategy for cooperation in the region goes through support and engagement from single Member States, but acts as a European dimension. As a consequence of its response to Russia’s aggression, the EU is dealing with increased dependency […]

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Brief/ The EU as an (In)Significant Player in Libya by Jesutimilehin O. Akamo and Aude Thomas

EU currently seems not to be addressing the root causes of the Lybian crisis. In this JOINT Brief, esutimilehin O. Akamo (Research Coordinator at Institute for Peace and Security Studies – IPSS, Addis Ababa University) and Aude Thomas (Research Fellow at the Fondation pour la recherche stratégique – FRS), explain that migration, security and energy […]

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