The European Union initiated political, economic, and security discussions with post-Soviet Union states: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. At a conference in Prague on May 7, 2009, the joint declaration describes these negotiations and their association agreements. EU has signed agreements with Ukraine and Georgia. Russia has initiated its own negotiations with Ukraine and Georgia separatist regions.
As the U.S. Congress takes on President Obama's call for a cap-and-trade system, Kevin M. Dempsey, a partner at Dewey & LeBoeuf, argues that it should look toward Europe's experience. In the second part of his Globalist Paper, he explains the benefits of carbon auctions--and the complications they may create under WTO law.
Speakers: Stewart Eldon, General Sir John Mccoll, and Andrew Moravcsik Presider: Robert E. Hunter
Listen to experts provide their insights on topics such as EU and NATO political and military cooperation, France’s role in NATO, EU defense policy, and others as part of the Council on Foreign Relations "NATO at 60" Symposium.
Speakers: Stewart Eldon, General Sir John McColl, and Andrew Moravcsik Presider: Robert E. Hunter
Watch experts provide their insights on topics such as EU and NATO political and military cooperation, France's role in NATO, EU defense policy, and others as part of the Council on Foreign Relations "NATO at 60" Symposium.
Charles A. Kupchan, CFR senior fellow for Europe studies, says Obama's "popularity and the departure of President Bush" create a "window of opportunity to improve relations between the United States and Russia and between the United States and the European Union.
European affairs analyst William Drozdiak says Barack Obama's administration will lead Washington to demand from Europe more troops for Afghanistan, a coordinated economic stimulus package, and help resettling Guantanamo detainees.
The EU introduction to this report states: “The European Council adopted the European Security Strategy (ESS) in December 2003. For the first time, it established principles and set clear objectives for advancing the EU's security interests based on our core values. It is comprehensive in its approach and remains fully relevant. This report does not replace the ESS, but reinforces it. It gives an opportunity to examine how we have fared in practice, and what can be done to improve implementation.”
Additional EU security strategies were released in 2010 and in 2015.
Speaker: Christine Lagarde Presider: Peter Ackerman
As the financial crisis spreads across the Atlantic, Europe's four largest economies are working to formulate a coordinated response. At the end of what promises to be a significant week for Europe, join French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde for a European perspective of the financial crisis and a discussion of possible policy options.
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