- Critical QuestionsBy Heather A. Conley, Lucy MooreMar 24, 2011
Despite the fanfare at the time of its unveiling in 1999, the euro was a flawed monetary project of inharmonious fiscal policies and dissimilar economies void of fiscal unity. At the time, the euro’s systemic flaws were masked by German creditworthiness and exploited by profligate periphery states.
- CommentaryBy Stephen FlanaganMar 24, 2011
The members of the broad international coalition implementing the no-fly zone over Libya and military actions to protect civilians from attacks by the Muammar el-Qaddafi regime have differing interests, political sensitivities, and goals. Sustaining the coalition will require a difficult balancing act.
- Critical QuestionsMar 7, 2011
Fallout from the continued violence and unrest in Libya—only 180 miles away from Italy’s Lampedusa Island—is now washing onto European shores. Muammar Qaddafi’s murderous crackdown has cast a bright light on Europe’s complex political and economic relationship with Libya, most notably Italy’s.
- ReportBy Janusz Bugajski, Margarita Assenova and Richard WeitzJan 26, 2011
This report provides an end-of-year assessment of the 2010 Kazakh chairmanship of the 56-nation Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The CSIS-IND Task Force has provided extensive analysis and comprehensive recommendations to the Kazakh government in order to assist it in providing effective leadership of the OSCE.
- Critical QuestionsJan 7, 2011
In his second Oval Office visit in two years, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France will meet with President Barack Obama on Monday to discuss this year’s upcoming G-8 and G-20 Summits. Over a working lunch, the presidents will also have an opportunity to discuss other pressing international issues, such as Iran.
- NewsletterBy Jonas Parello-PlesnerDec 21, 2010
The European Union can work together – at least when it is pushed together. China’s heavy-handed effort to get European nations to skip the Nobel peace prize ceremony in Oslo earlier this month did the trick. Not only did member states show up, but Serbia and Ukraine, countries with EU ambitions, were encouraged to attend as well.
- “Closing the Gap” The Euromissiles and President Carter’s Nuclear Weapons Strategy for Western Europe (1977-1979)ReportBy William LeonardDec 21, 2010
Shortly after entering the Oval Office for the first time in January 1977, U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his top foreign policy aides – including National Security Advisor Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski and Deputy National Security Advisor David Aaron –were immediately confronted with a serious threat to the security of the Western European members of the NATO Alliance.
- ReportBy Keith C. SmithDec 1, 2010
Following the breakup of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact, the leaders of Russia, including then-President Boris Yeltsin, searched for new methods of continuing to exert influence over the former Soviet-controlled region. The Kremlin at first used an energy blockade to the Baltic States in 1990 in an attempt to prevent their breakaway from the Soviet Union.
- Critical QuestionsBy Stephen FlanaganNov 18, 2010
On November 19–20, President Obama and the leaders of the 28 member nations of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will gather in Lisbon, Portugal, to approve an updated strategy, a set of priority military capabilities, plans to strengthen partnerships, and a number of internal reforms all designed to ensure that the alliance is able to safeguard the security of its member
- Critical QuestionsNov 17, 2010
On November 20, on the margins of the NATO Summit in Lisbon, Portugal, President Obama will meet with leaders of the European Union. Dark and inauspicious clouds are forming on the eve of the summit as an economic crisis once again grips Europe.