Eurasia is home to 75 percent of the world’s population, accounts for 60 percent of its GNP, and 75 percent of its energy resources. It is also where five of six of the world’s biggest military spenders and all but one of the world’s nuclear powers are located. Population giants and aspiring regional hegemons China and India are in Eurasia, and so is a large part of the world’s most economically dynamic, politically self-assured nations. If such a remarkable set of figures is in itself capable to generate much political and geopolitical friction, add to that the speed and intensity of recent socio-economic changes affecting all countries in the region, and there exists a plethora of multifarious and delicate issues that—if not dealt with in an intelligent, well-informed manner—can threaten global stability.
Encompassing a vast geographical territory—stretching from Turkey and the Caucasus, through Central Asia, all the way to China—this research program focuses on major issues affecting the foreign policy of countries in the region, including economic and social development, traditional and non-traditional regional security, as well as governance and democracy. It also analyses the military, political, and economic relations between the states of the region and important geopolitical actors such as the United States, the European Union, and a number of nation-states in the Middle East and South Asia. ISDP’s research on foreign policies in Eurasia intends to provide critical analysis, detailed evaluation and pragmatic recommendations to state, non-profit, and private sector actors.
Turkey and the West: How Bad is it?
The U.S. suspension of visa services in Turkey is an indication of the depth of the fissures between the West and Turkey. While Turkish bureaucrats are trying to maintain functioning relations with the West, there are growing calls in Washington, Ankara and Berlin to redefine Turkey policy. Is Turkey headed for an incremental divorce with the West?
Could Spain Go the Way of Yugoslavia?
In recent years, the European Union has been bogged down by one crisis after another—from Greece to the Euro to Brexit. But happily, none of these have endangered what has underpinned European integration since the late 1940s: securing lasting peace among European states. Europe has not been spared political violence, as residents of Northern Ireland and the Basque country can attest to. But to almost all Europeans, the notion of armed conflict within their midst is no longer even thinkable. While the Catalonia crisis is not destined to degenerate into large-scale violence, European and American leaders do not appear to take the potential for conflict seriously. They are mistaken.
The EU and Central Asia: Expanding Economic Cooperation, Trade, and Investment
Since the independence of the Central Asian states, this landlocked region has taken time to reconnect with the world, including Europe. Twenty-five years ago, many underestimated the diverse challenges – infrastructural, economic, political – that impeded the region’s trade and connectivity with the rest of the world. Yet as trade statistics show, much has been accomplished in a quarter century.
The European Union’s Political and Security Engagement with Central Asia: How to Move Forward
Despite an ambitious set of policy initiatives for Central Asia, the EU is punching below its weight in a region where Russia and China are far more influential. Ten years after the EU launched a strategy for Central Asia, the EU is still facing substantial challenges in implementing its strategy successfully.
How the U.S. Promotes Extremism in the Name of Religious Freedom
On July 26, U.S. President Donald Trump announced his nomination of Kansas Governor Sam Brownback as U.S. ambassador at large for international religious freedom. The position was created by the International Religious […]
While the US Debates Election Meddling, Russian Strategy Remains on Course
US media and public attention in 2017 has been captivated by the ongoing and ever-changing Russia-Trump saga. From the since-fired FBI Director James Comey testifying that there is an investigation […]