This report constitutes the third iteration of a comprehensive assessment of European defense trends undertaken by the CSIS Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group.
In a surprise move, technocrat Mario Monti, the Italian prime minister, submitted his resignation over the weekend following the decision by the center-right People of Liberty (PDL) party to withdraw from the government coalition.
Peace is not a word that would necessarily be associated with the European political landscape these days.
Budget negotiations are the political nemesis of Western democracies. As President Barack Obama and Congress engage in preliminary skirmishes over the fiscal cliff, the Europe Union too has drawn fierce battle lines over this week’s European Council meeting, which will discuss the next seven-year budget (2014–2020), the multiannual financial framework (MFF).
As the United States and Turkey enter the third decade following the end of the Cold War, they are enjoying a new era in their long partnership. Their cooperation has recently been enhanced by overlapping perspectives on the unprecedented transformation sweeping the Middle East as well as in a number of other regional and functional areas.
Georgia successfully passed its democratic election test, as the parliamentary ballot on October 1, 2012 was declared competitive, credible, and peaceful by international monitors. The peaceful transfer of power between government and opposition was an unprecedented event in the post-Soviet world and could serve as a model for other aspiring or evolving democracies.
The final presidential debate saw Republican candidate Mitt Romney again describe Russia in hostile terms. Romney qualified but did not repudiate his earlier remark that Russia was the United States’ “number one geopolitical foe,” and he hammered President Obama for allegedly wearing “rose colored glasses” in dealing with Moscow.
Attending conferences in Europe and the United States over the past three years, I have been struck by the increasing Western preoccupation with Asia's rise, the growing influence of the rising powers of Asia, and the challenge they pose to Western values and norms governing international institutions.
Europe’s unprecedented period of peace, social stability, and prosperity may be coming to an end. So, what comes next? The manner in which it resolves the eurocrisis will determine whether Europe transitions to a resurgent continent; muddles through; or enters an age of disarray.