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ISSUE Briefs

Raising awareness of both existing and emerging foreign and security policy challenges facing the European Union, ISSUE Briefs provide key information in a concise, focused format. 

  • This Brief explores the various dimensions of women in conflict. Beyond the prevailing narratives that tend to portray women primarily as victims – and men as perpetrators – they can also actively engage in civilian life, partake in combat, and help pave the road to peace.

  • This Brief explores potential security challenges linked to climate change. What mitigation and adaptation efforts are governments – and militaries – adopting in order to avoid the worst effects of this global problem?

  • This Brief takes a closer look at Russia’s claims that it stands to lose so much as a result of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. What are the economic realities? And why is greater attention not being paid to the impacts of the Moscow-backed Eurasian Economic Union?

  • HR/VP to VP/HR? the next generation

    28 October 2014

    Sabina Lange

    This Brief assesses the new setup of the European Commission and the role of the high representative for foreign affairs and security policy and vice-president (HR/VP). What structural challenges lie ahead? And how can the Commission help facilitate the work of the HR/VP?

  • If Myanmar today is on the path towards democratic transition, it is also due to the involvement of the European Union. This Brief maps the EU’s efforts to support the peace process in the country, highlighting how it is an original and efficient example of preventive diplomacy in action.