The Shifting Balance of Power and the Rise of Minilateralism: The Indo-Pacific and Beyond
Until recently, multilateralism formed the backbone of the post-war rule-based international order. However, multilateral organizations such as the United Nations have increasingly struggled to effectively address regional and global challenges. Dissatisfaction with the existing institutional framework, coupled with the intensifying superpower competition between China and the US, have instead brought about a worldwide rise in new minilitaral agreements.
Unlocking the Potential of EU-India Relations: The ‘China Factor’
India has traditionally championed the principles of strategic autonomy and non-alignment as core guiding tenets of its foreign policy. However, in recent years there have been marked shifts, most notably in its security and economic ties with the EU, that suggest a recalibration of India’s outlook. This development can be attributed to the growing influence of the ‘China factor’ in India’s calculations – a potential game-changer in EU-India relations.
The EU Ignores the Risk of a Conflict over Taiwan at Its Own Peril
Amid renewed political tensions over the island, the EU needs to talk the talk over its interests vis-à-vis Taiwan.
Could NATO Membership Be a Game-Changer for the Western Balkans Engagement with China?
Changing views of the China challenge in the Alliance will reverberate through the Western Balkans. In recent years, with the deterioration of the US-China relationship, the war in Ukraine, and ensuing global polarization, Western…
“Depends on How You Look at It”: Russia Struggles to Explain Why “Power of Siberia 2” Is Still Not Happening
Even as Russia and China project an image of a tight partnership, the failure to reach a deal on the Power of Siberia 2 pipelines complicates Moscow’s official narrative.
China and Central Asia: Outside the Spotlight, but Always on the Table
Central Asian governments have grown used to accommodating the different priorities of outside partners and leveraging them for their own benefit, making sure not to become anyone’s playground. As Russia’s standing comes under question and China holds its ground, Western countries need to come up with an approach that is attuned to the region’s preferences.
The European Foreign Subsidies Regulation: Effective Means of Protecting Strategic Infrastructure or an Investment Impediment?
The European policy discourse is shifting away from economic openness to emphasizing security concerns in the context of Chinese stakes in strategic infrastructure. The European Foreign Subsidies Regulation is another piece of the puzzle that could change the balance of power between the EU institutions and national governments. While the mechanism promises to bring a more cohesive handling of Chinese bids for public contracts and M&A transactions buttressed by subsidies, it could also spark tensions within the EU.
EU-China Relations in the Coming Decade: What Do European China Experts Think?
EU-China relations are changing rapidly, and so does the long-term outlook as seen from Europe. In a consultation on this fast-moving topic, European experts shared their views concerning the EU’s priorities, choices, challenges, and opportunities in its dealings with China towards 2030.
Will China Save Russia’s Military in 2023? – Chinese Expert Debates on China-Russia Relations and the Long War in Ukraine
Moscow has secured drones and munitions supply from Iran and North Korea, but only China could truly bolster its warfighting capabilities. Beijing appears to have delivered some technology and parts, but many Chinese scholars urge caution about the next steps.
The Sino-Russian Energy Partnership: A Strategic Response to a Turbulent World?
Even as debates about the characterization of the Sino-Russian partnership continue, energy cooperation between the two grows in intensity.
What Military Role Can the EU Play in the Indo-Pacific?
As tensions in the Indo-Pacific escalate and a scenario of a Chinese attack on Taiwan becomes more feasible, the question of EU’s military role in the region gains relevance.
Chinese Stakes in European Ports: Geopolitical Threat or Mere Business Venture?
Chinese investments in European ports have sparked fears and a debate over the obligations of business to deal with matters of national security. Understanding the economic and political importance of ports, and the actors involved in Chinese investments, can help to evaluate their economic and political impacts in a way that is strategically minded but does not shut the door for business.