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’.

Iran’s Retaliatory Attack on Israel Puts the Middle East on the Brink Read More
Rhetorical Confrontation Is No Substitute for the EU’s Iran Policy Read More
The EU’s Geopolitical Enlargement – Ukraine’s Accession Will Make the EU a Stronger Security Actor Read More
Playing the Long Game in the South China Sea: The Potential and Limits of ASEAN–EU Cooperation Read More
Ukraine’s NATO Membership Will Strengthen Europe’s Security Read More
Tackling the Constraints on EU Foreign Policy towards Ukraine: From Strategic Denial to Geopolitical Awakening Read More
The South China Sea and Indo-Pacific in an Era of “Multipolar” Competition: A More Targeted EU Response? Read More
The Unfulfilled Promise of EU Foreign and Security Policy towards Iran Read More
The EU and Ukraine’s Public Opinion: Changing Dynamic Read More
Russia’s War on Ukraine: Two Inconvenient Truths for the EU Read More
Protests and Drones Push EU–Iran Relations to the Brink Read More
More Integration, Less Autonomy: The EU in Europe’s New Order Read More
Indonesia’s G20 Presidency and the War in Ukraine Read More
Turkey in the Black Sea: Is a Balancing Act Still Possible? Read More
The War in Ukraine and Studying the EU as a Security Actor Read More
Europe’s Post-Cold War Order Is No More 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
Europe’s Naval Engagement in the South China Sea Read More
Russia–Ukraine Talks and the Indispensable Role of the US and Europe Read More
Not Yet Time for Diplomacy. Lessons from Italy’s Ill-Conceived Peace Plan for Ukraine Read More
The EU and the Ukraine War: Making Sense of the Rise of a “Geopolitical” Union 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


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