The Art of Balancing Power

03. February 2016 by Anja Aune Selmer

anja-aune-selmer“Fighting with a large army under your command is nowise different from fighting with a small one: it is merely a question of instituting signs and signals.”

Sun Tzu, The Art of War

China`s recent rise and development have caused tensions. Economic and military advancement never pass by unnoticed, especially not when it is a matter of balancing power on the Asian continent. With increasingly evident military capabilities, there is no wonder that neighbouring countries desiring to maintain their importance are concerned about China`s growing military power. The question remains, however, if such fears are grounded in reality.

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Rethinking foreign policymaking

Posted on 15. January 2016 by Linda Ohman

linda-ohmanWorld politics is becoming increasingly tangible to Europeans. Recent events such as the war in Ukraine, deteriorating relations with Russia, as well as the migration wave to Europe bring foreign affairs – and especially conflicts – closer to home. These events not only take place in Europe and its immediate vicinity, but are also increasingly intertwined, succeeding one another at an ever higher pace. Their complexity and the uncertainty brought with it makes foreign affairs more challenging to grasp, but also increases the need for a basic understanding of foreign policy and foreign policymaking.

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Is there any future for the Eastern Partnership?

18. December 2015 by Michal Gulczynski

Michal GulczynskiThe Eastern Partnership (EaP) is in trouble. Out of the six member countries, five have contested borders, while the sixth is run by dictator. The EaP is no longer on the short list of priorities of the European Union and in this time of multiple crises – Greece, refugees, terrorist attacks, the coming referendum on Brexit or consistently growing nationalism, confirmed in the recent elections in Poland and France – it has almost completely disappeared from European media. Moreover, the initiators and most ardent supporters, Carl Bildt and Radek Sikorski, are now absent from European politics. In this situation, is there any future for EaP?

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The Ukrainian Crisis and the ‘New Cold War’ Paradigm

Posted on 10. December 2014 by Miruna Troncota Reflections on the Bucharest Forum and the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum Already one year has passed since the refusal of the former President Viktor Yanukovych to sign the EU Association Agreement at the Vilnius Summit in November 2013. Since then, all eyes are on Ukraine. As the … Continue reading The Ukrainian Crisis and the ‘New Cold War’ Paradigm

Conceptualising Foreign Policy

Posted on 10. December 2014 by Ia Melkadze Reflections on the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum The fourth Berlin Foreign Policy Forum convened 200 participants, among them high-profile politicians, diplomats, journalists, experts and young activists. The Forum’s livestreaming reached out to a wider public. The online followers of the Forum participated in this high-profile foreign policy event … Continue reading Conceptualising Foreign Policy