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Nuclear arms: saving the international rules-based system

By Kate Hudson / 30 July, 2019

Since Donald Trump entered the White House, there have been sustained attacks on the treaty architecture that underpins the international rules-based system that most countries struggle to uphold and extend. This is particularly marked in terms of arms reduction and disarmament. These processes haven’t just stalled – they have actually...

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Saving nuclear disarmament in the time of Trump

By Adriano Iaria / 30 July, 2019

The threat of the use of nuclear weapons is a concern for mankind, not just for the few States with nuclear capacities. Therefore, multilateral forums remain the most prominent places to address fears and hopes of humanity. President Trump’s decision to pull out of the INF Treaty dismantles the international...

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Arms controls: the EP’s fight to convince Member State to respect their own commitments

By Brando Benifei / 15 July, 2019

The European Parliament has been very vocal on arms export control throughout the outgoing legislative term. The main aim was to remind Member States of a commitment they made with the EU Council’s 2008 Common Position on Arms Export. Continuing the fight must be a priority for the new incoming...

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The SPD approach to arms exports: value-driven and pragmatic

By Nils Schmid / 15 July, 2019

In March 2019, the German government decided to extend its ban on selling weapons to Saudi Arabia for another six months. This was a huge success on the part of the German Social Democrats who pushed for the extension. It was also the right thing to do in light of...

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The European foreign policy in a hostile environment

By Rosa Balfour / 9 July, 2019

In a brittle world without enduring strong international alliances, the debate on Europe’s ‘strategic autonomy’ has gained new resonance, but it should not shadow the EU’s unique key international assets in the global economy and multilateral order. Working with global networks to promote norms and public goods is key to...

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Brexit and Trump – involuntary boosts for a common EU defence?

By Ronja Kempin / 9 July, 2019

The idea of ‘strategic autonomy’ has resurfaced in various policy debates with added impetus by the challenges posed by Brexit and Trump. What does this rise in significance mean for the EU? And what direction can the concept give for the Union in the coming years, especially in relation to...

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Mueller’s report: why it’s not over

By Robert Kuttner / 27 June, 2019

When Special Counsel Robert Mueller finally sent his report to the Justice Department with no finding of collusion between Trump and the Russian government and no recommendation on whether Trump had obstructed justice, there was a huge sense of let-down among Trump critics and a sense of vindication at the...

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Mueller reveals US and Europe have a Russia problem

By Max Bergmann / 27 June, 2019

While America and the world wait for the Mueller report, it is clear that Russia has launched an attack on the West. It’s time that allies start treating it that way. America is currently in the dark about the findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. But the one conclusion...

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Armenia: a new opportunity for European Progressives

By Marina Ohanjanyan / 20 April, 2019

Armenia has been in Europe’s blind spot for many years. Last year’s “Velvet Revolution” however presents an exciting new opportunity to bring the country into Europe’s focus again. A previous tabu topics like women’s representation and LGBT rights are being discussed in parliament, there’s hope for Progressives too. Speaking bluntly,...

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Nagorno-Karabakh: nationalist politics at geo-political cross-roads

By Philip Gamaghelyan / 19 April, 2019

For decades, those affected by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict have been a hostage of geopolitics and own nationalist discourses. Recently, both the ‘Velvet Revolution’ in Armenia, which resulted in the election of a legitimate government, and the de-escalation approach pursued by Azerbaijan created an opening. This opening has the potential to...

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