Geopolitical Competition: Ukraine, Iran and South China Sea Case Studies

JOINT will show how power competition is a major factor hampering EU efforts at crisis management and conflict resolution in: 

  • Eastern Europe, with a focus on Ukraine
  • the Middle East, with a focus on Iran
  • The Indo-Pacific, with a focus on the South China Sea

By comparing findings drawn from the three cases, we will address their implications for the EU’s strategic autonomy. 

Actionable policy recommendations will be geared towards reconciling within a single discursive framework the two prevailing motives in this debate – the EU as a pillar of the multilateral order and the EU as a global ‘pole’.

Not Yet Time for Diplomacy. Lessons from Italy’s Ill-Conceived Peace Plan for Ukraine Read More
Russia–Ukraine Talks and the Indispensable Role of the US and Europe Read More
The EU and the Ukraine War: Making Sense of the Rise of a “Geopolitical” Union Read More
The Continued Downturn of US–China Relations and Beijing’s Approach to the Ukraine Crisis Read More
The Return of US Leadership in Europe: Biden and the Russia Crisis Read More
Four Scenarios for the Iran Nuclear Deal Read More
European Reactions to AUKUS and Implications for EU Strategic Autonomy Read More
Afghanistan, AUKUS and European Strategic Autonomy Read More
Europe’s Naval Engagement in the South China Sea Read More


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