On the Virtues of Restraint: A View from Europe

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by Eldar Mamedov The decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to withdraw from Syria caught the European foreign policy establishment, like pretty much everybody else, flat-footed. During the early stages of the Syrian civil war, the European Union echoed Washington’s view… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia’s Strange Bedfellows 

British MEP Sajjad Karim (Wikimedia Commons/Leila Paul)

by Eldar Mamedov At the beginning of December a group of “independent women-pioneers” from Saudi Arabia visited Brussels. The delegation had meetings in the European Parliament (EP), European Commission and think-tanks. The announced purpose of the visit was to hold… Continue Reading  

Europe’s SPV: With or Without Oil?

Federica Mogherini and Javad Zarif (U.S. State Department via Flickr).

by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi According to reports from Iran and Europe, the European Union is on the verge of launching the financial clearing house known as the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), which was initially announced on the sideline of UN… Continue Reading  

Europe’s Extreme Right is in Bed with MEK

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by Eldar Mamedov Until recently Spain was the envy of Europe. While in most countries the resurgence of the populist right was reshaping national politics, Spain was able to dodge the trend: a centre-right government lost power six months ago… Continue Reading  

It’s a Borderful World

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by John Feffer Nation-states: what a quaint notion. As a means of organizing territory, they seem to be a brief transition period between large empires and an even larger, borderless world. Sure, nation-states might live on in the form of… Continue Reading