Although NATO Summit in Vilnius has not set the conditions for Ukraine to join the Alliance, it has made clear that Ukraine will one day become a member. In this JOINT Brief, Riccardo Alcaro (Project Coordinator, Istituto Affari Internazionali – IAI) argues that, for years to come, European security will have to be built in defence from […]
Brief/ A Critical Juncture: EU’s Venezuela Policy Following the War in Ukraine by Anna Ayuso, Tiziano Breda, Elsa Lilja Gunnarsdottir and Marianne Riddervold
EU’s goal in Venezuela has been to promote a negotiated democratic transition, but it has been unable to foster it. The change of the US Venezuela policy under Biden, the shift towards the left in most new Latin American governments, and EU’s need to diversify its energy supplies after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, have provided an opening […]
Podcast/ Multipolar Competition’s Impact on EU Foreign Policy: Lessons from Ukraine, Iran and the South China Sea
Recent years have witnessed the return of competition between the world’s most powerful states, which is exerting a significant impact on EU foreign and security policy and constraining the EU’s room for manoeuvre as well. The advent of an increasingly multipolar world also raises questions about the reach of the EU’s interests and influence — […]
Paper/ Ethiopia and the Tigray War: Limits and Challenges of EU Policy in a Fragmented and Contested Region by Francesca Caruso and Jesutimilehin O. Akamo
The EU and its member states have traditionally looked at Ethiopia as a strategic partner for regional stability. Yet, this assumption has led the Europeans to neglect Ethiopia’s internal dynamics. In this JOINT Report, Francesca Caruso (Istituto Affari Internazionali – IAI) and Jesutimilehin O. Akamo (Institute for Peace and Security Studies – IPSS) assess Ethiopia’s […]
Brief/ Not Yet Time for Diplomacy. Lessons from Italy’s Ill-Conceived Peace Plan for Ukraine by Riccardo Alcaro and Nona Mikhelidze
In this new JOINT Brief, Riccardo Alcaro (JOINT Coordinator) and Nona Mikhelidze (IAI Senior Fellow) analyze Italy’s stillborn peace plan for Ukraine, arguing that it holds a lesson for EU: time is not yet ripe for diplomacy with Russia. Here’s the main findings:1. In its pursuit for a quick end to hostilities, the peace plan anticipated arguments […]
In this new JOINT Brief, Riccardo Alcaro analyses the role of the EU and the US in the Russia-Ukraine talks, underlining that US and EU’s goals should now be: to end the war, to ensure Ukraine’s security and to stabilise the antagonism with Russia.
Paper/A Joined-Up Union, a Stronger Europe. A Conceptual Framework to Investigate EU Foreign and Security Policy in a Complex and Contested World by Riccardo Alcaro, Pol Bargués and Hylke Dijkstra
In this new JOINT Paper, Riccardo Alcaro (JOINT Coordinator and Research Coordinator and Head of Global Actors programme – Istituto Affari Internazionali), Pol Bargués (Research Fellow – BarcelonaCentre for International Affairs) and Hylke Dijkstra (Associate Professor – Maastricht University) build a conceptual framework to investigate EUFSP in conflicts and crises, starting from the fractious domestic […]
Brief/The EU and the Ukraine War: Making Sense of the Rise of a “Geopolitical” Union by Riccardo Alcaro
Since the escalation in Ukraine, the EU has shown significant geopolitical power but there are limits to its transformation into a full geopolitical player. In this new JOINT Brief, Riccardo Alcaro reflects on the supposed transformation of the EU into a geopolitical actor following its response to the Ukraine war.
For Europe, the latest events in Ukraine are the harbinger of the end of an era. Diplomacy never runs its course. But as things stand now, the focus of the United States and Europe should be on economic retaliation and NATO deterrence and defence, argues JOINT Coordinator Riccardo Alcaro in this JOINT Brief.
To evaluate the response of the US President Biden to Russia’s threatening attitude towards Ukraine, this JOINT Brief by Riccardo Alcaro (JOINT Coordinator and Research Coordinator and Head of Global Actors – Istituto Affari Internazionali) suggests to look at the multiple levels of the response. Biden’s strategy may not be enough to prevent Russian President […]
In this Brief, Riccardo Alcaro (Istituto Affari Internazionali – IAI) analyses the first year of President Biden’s foreign policy. The analysis touches upon the results on climate, democracy and Covid issues as well as the events in Afghanistan and the US approach with Iran, Russia and China.