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Afghanistan: the view from the US

This Alert, the last in the series focusing on Afghanistan, assesses the state of US-Afghan relations after the first round of presidential elections.

Why Africa matters

EU-Africa relations in light of the recent high-level summit held in Brussels. What are the expectations of both partners?

After Crimea: Putin’s balance sheet

This Alert demonstrates why, in the context of the foreign policy race between the Russia and the West, the latter may have to up its step.

Lebanon: an officer and a president?

This alert assesses the presidential ambitions of Michel Aoun, and explores the various scenarios that may play out in Lebanon given its history of electing presidents with a military background.

Qatar: last Arab(ist) standing?

In the wake of the diplomatic spat between Qatar and its Gulf neighbours, this Alert explains how every single diplomatic act undertaken by Doha appears to feed into one overarching narrative: pan-Arabism.


  • One size to fit all? Setting standards for European defence

    At present, the European defence market is fragmented and characterised by a plethora of national standards. But with the need for defence standardisation becoming increasingly critical in an era marked by declining defence expenditure, what steps can be taken to ensure success?

  • China’s energy demands: are they reshaping the world?

    Following the rise of China’s economy and subsequent discussions on the efficient use of resources, this Brief examines how China is seeking to manage its growing import dependency through diversification. With the EU and China becoming the world’s two most important energy importers, what effect will this have on the global energy markets?

  • The Eurasian Customs Union: the economics and the politics

    This Brief examines the attempts by the Kremlin to establish a rival to the European Union in the post-Soviet sphere. But given Russia’s overwhelming dominance, do other post-Soviet states wholeheartedly share Moscow’s vision? And what can the EU do to ensure that the country adheres to the rules of the WTO and respects its neighbours’ political sovereignty?


  • Defence matters – EU key documents 2013

    An essential point of reference for all those who work in the field of CSDP, this compendium collects the official documents generated by all EU institutional actors in preparation of the ‘defence summit’ of 19/20 December 2013 and the Conclusions adopted by the EU Heads of State and Government at the end of the process.

  • Arab armies: agents of change? Before and after 2011

    In the wake of the Arab Spring, this Chaillot Paper examines the role played by the different national armies in the Arab world, and their long history of involvement in matters beyond the military realm. As this study shows, the Arab Spring has marked a watershed in how Arab military forces are perceived: one way or the other, they have once again become the political actors they were prior to the 1970s.

  • Energy moves and power shifts: EU foreign policy and global energy security

    This report undertakes an appraisal of global energy trends and lays out priorities for the EU to improve its energy security through action in the international arena. The shale gas revolution in the US, the nuclear meltdown in Japan, the rising use of coal in emerging economies and the shift of economic gravity to the Asia-Pacific have all complicated energy policy-making in Europe. As import-dependent Europe reacts to this changing landscape, the European foreign policy community will increasingly need to integrate energy security in its work. This report offers new insights into how to approach this challenge.