Op-Eds/Commentary

B|Brief: A Road for Two: Brexit and the Future of Ireland

April 25, 2016

by Anthony Silberfeld

The last time a British exit affected the island of Ireland, the year was 1916. With the threat of a new Brexit looming, Dublin and Belfast must prepare to absorb and react to a concussive wave that will shake the island again.

B|Brief: The EU’s Arc of Instability: Can the European Neighborhood Policy be Resurrected?

Twelve years after its launch, the ENP has failed to secure any of its main objectives. Perhaps most shockingly, the EU and its flagship foreign policy mechanism have presided over a drastic deterioration in the humanitarian and security situations of its partners. Recent crises show that the ENP is in need of not just drastic reform, but an urgent reordering of its priorities.

B|Brief: TTIP and TPP - A Threat to Latin America?

March 24, 2016

by Samuel George, Otaviano Canuto and Cornelius Fleischhaker

For centuries, Latin America’s economies have revolved around exporting commodities – be it digging up minerals and hydrocarbons, or planting soya or coffee, the region has historically relied on shipping natural resources overseas.

B|Brief: Making Trans-Atlantic Relations Great Again? A Look at US Front-runners’ Positions on Europe

The latest, delegate-rich presidential primaries in Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio further cemented Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as front-runners within their respective parties. While official delegates will not be awarded until party conventions in mid-July, the often raucous and anti-establishment nature of this cycle has raised the specter of a drastic shift in America’s tack toward Europe.

B|Brief: State Elections in Germany: Party Politics on Shaky Ground

March 11, 2016

by Emily Hruban

This weekend, Germans will go to the polls in Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saxony-Anhalt to elect state leaders. While each of these states has its own distinct demography and political history, they have one thing in common this election cycle: The current migration crisis is throwing the political landscape into disarray and splintering political parties across the country.

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