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The flag of the European Union

Richard Revel

Analysis & Opinions - The National Interest

A Call for Realism in Europe

| May 27, 2018

Strategic thought in Europe is underdeveloped. Hard power and military force remain beyond the scope of many Europeans. That is a problem because the extent to which Europeans can understand the world determines the extent to which they can exert influence. The United States are in a relative decline and there is no guarantee that Washington will protect Europe against the rise of China, the threat from Russia, and/or the instability from the Middle East. Europe will have to stand upon its own feet and take responsibility for its own fate. Doing so not only requires significant investment in military resources, but also a renaissance of European realist thought.

Sir John Sawers with Sec. Ash Carter and Amb. Nicholas Burns

Benn Craig/ Belfer Center

Analysis & Opinions

Conversations in Diplomacy: Sir John Sawers

| Mar. 01, 2018

In this installment of “Conversations in Diplomacy," the Future of Diplomacy Project's Faculty Director Nicholas Burns is joined by Sir John Sawers, the former Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, for a conversation on tackling global security challenges in the digital age and the changing nature of intelligence agencies.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, and British Prime Minister Theresa May gesture ahead of a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing. February 1, 2018 (Wu Hong/Pool Photo via Associated Press).

Wu Hong/Pool Photo via Associated Press

Analysis & Opinions - Institut Montaigne

Brexit: What’s Next for the China-UK Relationship?

| Feb. 19, 2018

During her recent visit to China, Prime Minister Theresa May emphasized one fact: after leaving the EU, "we - the United Kingdom - will be free to strike our own trade deals". As a first step towards a post-Brexit commercial agreement, the UK and China signed a “joint trade and investment review”, which is quite different from a trade agreement (hardly possible while the UK remains part of the EU). Meanwhile, £9 billion deals were signed.

French President Emmanuel Macron arrives to a signing ceremony to name former CEO of Cisco Systems John Chambers as the representative of the French Tech, during the "Choose France" summit, at the Chateau de Versailles, outside Paris. January 22, 2018 (Thibault Camus/Associated Press, Pool). Keywords: France, president, Emmanuel Macron

Thibault Camus/Associated Press, Pool

Analysis & Opinions - The Sunday Times

The First Signs of Rust on Macron's Iron Hand

| Jan. 21, 2018

Whenever someone is trying to persuade me that liberal democracy is in crisis and that populist demagogues and fire-breathing tyrants are taking over the world, I refer them to the talented Monsieur Macron. If Marine Le Pen had won last year's French presidential election, the thesis of a democratic crisis might have plausibility. But Macron smashed her, winning two-thirds of the vote in the second round.

French President Emmanuel Macron, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands after a joint press briefing at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Jan. 9, 2018 (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, Pool).

AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, Pool

Analysis & Opinions - Institut Montaigne

Macron’s Travel Diaries - First Step: China

| Jan. 08, 2018

Macron’s decision to start off the year with a trip to China carries a symbolic weight, which adds a special aura to his arrival in Beijing. Elected in May by 66% of the French electorate and supported by a strong parliamentary majority, the President was able to assert his power and authority. A quality much appreciated by Chinese leaders, who are astounded by Angela Merkel and Theresa May’s fragility, despite their respective successes in their countries’ parliamentary elections. 

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a bilateral meeting on the eve of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 6, 2017 (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, pool).

AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, pool

Analysis & Opinions - USA Today

America is on the Brink of a Historic Break With Europe, Thanks to Trump

| Dec. 26, 2017

Trump is the first U.S. president since World War II who does not seem to consider himself the leader of the democratic West. His populist America First platform has opened deep fissures in his relations with European leaders.

Pigeons fly in front of the Euro sculpture at the old European Central Bank building in Frankfurt, Germany, on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

AP Photo/Michael Probst

Analysis & Opinions - Project Syndicate

Monetary-Policy Normalization in Europe in 2018

| Dec. 22, 2017

When the European Central Bank’s Governing Council met on December 14, there was little to surprise financial markets, because no policy changes could be gleaned from public remarks. The previous meeting, in late October, had already set the stage for the normalization of monetary policy, with the announcement that the ECB would halve its monthly asset purchases, from €60 billion ($71 billion) to €30 billion, beginning in January 2018.

Ambassador Douglas Lute speaks at the Future of Diplomacy Project

Benn Craig/Belfer Center

Analysis & Opinions - Future of Diplomacy Project

NATO and Russia: An Uneasy Relationship

| Nov. 08, 2017

Ambassador Douglas Lute, former ambassador to the North Atlantic Council, NATO's principal decision-making body, spoke at the Future of Diplomacy project on NATO's role today, adapting to current threats, and Russia's relationship with NATO and its member States.