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Europe’s Next Geoeconomic Task

The European Union is increasingly leveraging its economic might as an asset in foreign and security policymaking. This complex “geoeconomization” of EU foreign policy will necessitate an improved focus on private sector involvement.

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Why Taiwan Matters to Europe

If the European Union and its member states want to offer a deterrence against a possible Chinese invasion of Taiwan, their populations need to understand what’s at stake and why their support for such a policy is vital.

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Germany’s Need for an Integrated Deterrence Mindset

The US administration will soon move on to strategic concepts that integrate nuclear and conventional deterrence, and NATO will follow suit. It’s time for the next German government to take account of this.

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The Case for Climate Optimism

Efforts to mitigate climate damage are not going well ahead of COP26. But they could also be going much worse.

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Toward a New German Foreign Policy

Defending the Liberal Democratic Order

Germany is facing a perfect geopolitical storm. It needs to respond by further strengthening multilateralism, building up European sovereignty as well as solidarity, and reviving the transatlantic alliance with a new US administration.

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No Easy Fix

Germany’s relationship with the United States needs a reset. US President-elect Joe Biden’s initiatives on climate protection and democracy promotion are good starting points. Berlin, meanwhile, should think about reforming its defense ministry and cancel Nord Stream 2.

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Taking More Regional Responsibility

To create a transatlantic partnership amongst equals, Germany and the EU need to take on more responsibility in their immediate neighborhood.

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Afghanistan, AUKUS, and Albion

Forget about the UK’s soul searching about Afghanistan—to the EU’s surprise, AUKUS seems to show that Global Britain can deliver. This raises tricky questions for European defense.

Global Gateway

To successfully answer the challenge of China’s Belt and Road Initiative with its new connectivity strategy, the EU needs to form a clearer picture of where and how the BRI is succeeding.

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Middle-Power Multilateralism Needed

As China continues its military expansion and Washington divides the Indo-Pacific into democratic friends and autocratic foes, the EU and ASEAN are the only forces that can credibly jump to the rescue of multilateralism and rules-based trade.

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NATO’s China Conundrum

The Atlantic Alliance is setting its sights on China, but a common policy shared by all NATO members will likely remain elusive. What’s more, Beijing will do its utmost to prevent it.

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