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July 14, 2022

India’s soft power diplomacy in the Modi era

Shreeya Patil Soft power diplomacy has always been important to India, as the world’s largest democracy, with a rich heritage, culture and ambitious aspirations. This has never more so than under the current Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. Shreeya Patil explores the different facets of this important form of diplomacy Read more
May 19, 2022

Has Ukraine saved Taiwan?

Albrecht Rothacher Albrecht Rothacher argues that the Russian experience of invading Ukraine has caused China to rethink its militaristic intentions regarding Taiwan. What once might have been perceived as a ‘solution’ to the Taiwanese problem now looks unfeasible in the light of Ukraine’s and the West’s response to Russian aggression Read more
April 5, 2022

EU casts itself as Asia’s security provider, sparking friction with China

Xuechen Chen Xuechen Chen and Xinchuchu Gao contend that the bilateral relationship between the EU and China must be examined in a broader context. Specifically, that of the EU's increasingly proactive strategy towards the wider Asian region Read more
April 1, 2022

The psychology of war: analysing Putin's motivations

Consuelo Thiers Understanding political leaders' psychology is crucial to making sense of foreign policy decision-making processes. Consuelo Thiers highlights Putin's change of beliefs as a key factor in explaining his decision to wage war against Ukraine Read more
February 18, 2022

EU foreign policy towards China is little more than the sum of its parts

Steven Langendonk Steven Langendonk contests the idea that Brussels’ new China strategy is indicative of greater agency. Instead, he says, the EU-China relationship is firmly grounded in internal struggles. The pressure is on to manipulate member states' sentiments and to provide a new political narrative for a changing relationship. Read more
November 17, 2021

Turkish foreign policy on a slippery path towards the Russia-China axis

Ziya Öniş In recent years, Turkish foreign policy has oscillated between traditional alignments with the West, and a new Eastern orientation. Partnerships with Russia and China are becoming increasingly important, write Ziya Öniş and Mustafa Kutlay. Yet Turkey must be firmly anchored to the club of democratic states to regain its benign regional and global role Read more
November 4, 2021

Improvement in Iranian-European relations is possible – and the EU should play its part

Mahmoud Javadi Relations between Iran and Europe are in a pretty poor state. But Mahmoud Javadi argues that there are avenues for improvement through identification of 'shared interests' – and the EU can, and should, play its part Read more
November 2, 2021

EU foreign policy is damaging relations with China, and dividing EU member states

Xuechen Chen Xuechen Chen and Xinchuchu Gao argue that the EU’s decision to securitise China lies behind the recent deterioration in EU-China relations. Yet divergent views among member states are hampering EU policy, resulting in incoherent and inconsistent implementation at national levels Read more

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