NATO-Serbia Relations: Still Defining the Modus Vivendi

By Tomáš Nagy and Ján Cingeľ. Photo|Flickr: nofrills, licensed by CC BY-NC 2.0

Serbia´s relations with the Alliance has been for decades considered to be one of the most delicate within the Transatlantic region. Despite numerous signs of positive progress, these relations will continue to be plagued by the complex weight of history. However, the best approach to this challenge is a combination of pragmatic engagement and realistic ambition, which has been the practice in recent years.

The necessity of nurturing rational defence relations 

Central Europe and the Refugee Question: Cooperation, not Confrontation

By Gabi Göbl, Christian Kvorning Lassen, Marko Lovec, Milan Nic and Paul Schmidt. Photo: Flickr|European Parliament, licensed by CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
22. Sep 2016  |  European Union, Migration  |  Central Europe  |  Policy briefs

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Security challenges for Europe: Recommendations for Europe and Slovakia

By Marian Majer, Milan Šuplata, Jaroslav Naď. Photo credit: US Army, licensed by CC BY 2.0. 
24. Nov 2015  |  Security and Defence, European Union  |  Slovakia  |  Policy briefs

In June 2015 the European Council tasked the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini with developing the EGS (European Global Strategy) – a new strategy of European foreign and security policy. The document shall replace the still valid European Security Strategy from 2003. The original ESS (European Security Strategy) was written in a rather optimistic era of European unification, stabilisation of the European neighbourhood and economic prosperity. However, the security environment in our area has since dramatically worsened.

EU Autumn of Discontent: What awaits the V4?

3. Sep 2015  |  Central Europe  |  Policy briefs

As summer slowly winds down, European leaders – both in Brussels and national capitals – are going to be exposed to challenges which they had temporarily shelved aside to be solved at a later date.

Some of these issues, notably the refugee crisis and the upcoming EU referendum in the UK, are of a particular relevance to the region of Central Europe, and more specifically to the so called Visegrad Group (V4) countries – Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and the Czech Republic.

Transnistria: Russia’s bargaining chip in the EU periphery

1. Jul 2015  |  Eastern Partnership  |  Ukraine, Moldova, Russia  |  Policy briefs

Few weeks ago Ukraine has formally terminated an agreement with Russia allowing for transit of Russian soldiers and weaponry through its territory to the breakaway Moldovan region of Transnistria. At the same time, Kyiv appointed Mikhail Saakashvili, former president of Georgia and Russia’s bête-noire, the governor of the Odessa region bordering Transnistria. These steps taken by Ukraine have provoked a wave of criticism in the Russian media.

Russia and the West: Sketching possible scenarios

22. Jun 2015  |  Security and Defence  |  Russia  |  Policy briefs

It is now acknowledged by most that the post-Cold War order was buried when Russia annexed Crimea and the Kremlin waged war in Eastern Ukraine. However, few in Europe or the U.S. have taken a deeper look at the potential contours of a new European order, or of the relationship between the West and Russia that lies at its heart.

Ukraine after Riga Summit: Small steps toward “victories”

17. Jun 2015  |  Eastern Partnership  |  Ukraine  |  Policy briefs

More than a year has passed since Petro Poroshenko was ushered in as President, and some positive news is coming from Kiev: political legitimacy and central authority have been strengthened, civil society is highly engaged in accountability, and there are (some) efforts being taken towards reform. Yet, while Maidan brought down Viktor Yanukovych (and the central authority with him), the previous oligarch-based system of governance has more or less been restored.

What future for Visegrad cooperation?

15. Jun 2015  |  Central Europe  |  V4  |  Policy briefs

A decade ago, the accession of the countries of Central Europe to the European Union engendered the most favourable circumstances for unleashing their potential through regional cooperation within the common European legal space. This created an unprecedented opportunity in the modern history of Central Europe. If we had no regional cooperation framework, we would have to invent it.

Four priorities for the Visegrad Four’s digital agenda

15. Jun 2015  |  Central Europe  |  Digital Agenda  |  Policy briefs

The Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy introduced in early May 2015 is one of the most important elements of the Juncker Commission’s program. It recognizes the fact that the internet is now a key driver of economic growth and a platform for innovation.  The transition to a digital economy is believed to be paramount in pushing Europe further along the path of economic recovery, fiscal stability and growth. In a global marketplace, the Visegrad Group countries – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia – are very small markets.

From Wales to Warsaw: NATO’s radically adapted posture – or lost in between?

10. Jun 2015  |  Security and Defence  |  Policy briefs

One year before NATO meets at its next summit in Warsaw is a good moment to take stock of the Alliance’s adaptation to a dramatically altered security environment. Last September in Wales, NATO leaders agreed a number of concrete measures aimed at strengthening collective defence and deterrence.

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