Nord Stream 2: From EU Law To US Sanctions Law

Rainer Seele, the chief executive officer of Austrian energy company OMV and corporate ally of Gazprom, recently called on Europe to defend itself from the proposed US sanctions aimed to stop Nord Stream 2. It is far from clear to which ‘Europe’ Seele is referring. In December 2018, the European Parliament voted 433 to 105 […]

Seven Dangers of Engaging with the Occupied Donbas—and Opportunities for the New Ukrainian President

Ukraine’s new president says he wants to end the Russian-backed war in the country’s east. However, it won’t be easy. There are at least seven dangers of engaging with the occupied territories of the Donbas. The first danger is that a class of highly educated and trained leaders is completely absent. All key positions, whether […]

EU Policy In The Face Of The Chinese Challenge

  As the People’s Republic of China transforms itself into a technological and military superpower, while maintaining a party-state system, there is increasing debate at the heart of the EU about the terms on which relations with the country should be pursued. Pressure has been exerted on the debate by the EU’s main ally, the […]

One Ukraine? Think Again

Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s recent landslide victory in Ukraine’s presidential election over incumbent Petro Poroshenko has spawned intense speculation. The most intriguing is the assertion that we are witnessing the long-awaited emergence of a “new” Ukraine that is no longer divided along overlapping regional, ethnic, and linguistic fault lines because Zelenskyy won in all of the country’s […]

Russian passport as a mechanism for the Kremlin’s influence on the new Ukrainian government

Experts and journalists sat down in Kyiv to discuss consequences of Russia’s move to issue passports to Ukrainians living in the occupied territories of Donbas and attempts to find effective mechanisms for countering the aggressor.   “When we talk about ‘passportization’, this is an absolutely typical move taken in the conditions of annexation. But in […]

Russian Intrigues In The Middle East

Russian diplomacy is well known for its apparent readiness to engage with all parties to the multiple conflicts in the Middle East, and this characteristic has recently produced another awkward tangle of opportunistic intrigues. President Vladimir Putin fancies himself a master of communicating with difficult counterparts, but he is by no means a grandmaster capable […]