Diplomacy in a Changing World Order: The Role of Strategic Partnerships
Research What does the emergence of an increasing number of so-called “strategic partnerships” mean for the future world order? This paper explores this question through a study of three global actors: China, the USA and the EU.
The Partnership Shift: Analysing the European Union’s Strategic Engagement with India
Research The European Union’s new strategy on India – and India’s positive response to it –provide strong impetus for greater bilateral engagement. This paper analyses opportunities and challenges for the EU-India relationship, as it enters a new more strategic phase.
Challenges to the Post-2003 Political Order in Iraq
Research This paper argues that Iraq’s post-2003 identity-based political structure is not the only useful tool for understanding domestic political trends and the nature of the conflict in that country. Iraqis have lived for over 16 years with the same political parties, political elite and political system, marred by corruption, and many are beginning to demand change.
From Cold War to Civil War: 75 Years of Russian-Syrian Relations
Research This paper seeks to focus on the Russian-Syrian relationship through a largely chronological description of its evolution up to the present day, with additional thematically organised material on Russia’s current role in Syria.
The EU as a Global Actor: A new conceptualisation four decades after ‘actorness’
Research In this paper, the authors build a holistic model for understanding and predicting changes in the EU’s ‘actor capacity’, in the generalising spirit of the original actorness approach with a new set of dynamic and integrated components that emphasize a previously missing variable: EU performance.
Myanmar in transition: China, conflict, and ceasefire economies in Kachin State
Research This paper describes how the Myanmar government’s attempts to root out discontent by economic means paradoxically led to the emergence of a vocal civil society able to disrupt and contest not only the state, but also its powerful neighbour, China.