All in Europe & Central Asia

The "Turkey Elects & Bouteflika Bounces" Edition

Turks went to the polls on March 31st, unseating Erdoğan’s party — the AKP — in Turkey’s three largest cities. Although the municipal elections were a setback, the Turkish President isn’t likely to face the music anytime soon. But what does the development mean for the opposition parties in Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir? In Algeria, long-time President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been finally dethroned, but does his departure reflect real change in governance or is it purely cosmetic?

The "Exploring EU Coalitions and Foreign Relations" Edition

The European Union is often the subject of intense scrutiny, speculation, and deduction, but what are the key coalitions in the European Union that influence its foreign policy? International Scholar Sara Fay, Chief Editor Cameron Vaské, and our special guest Senior Policy Fellow Josef Janning at ECFR look to the future of the European Union and examine the structure and substance of Europe’s internal coalitions and foreign relations in this episode of The ITS Café.

The "China Connectivity" Edition

Is China’s Belt and Road Initiative a geopolitical instrument, and if so, what’s Beijing’s long game? Are the U.S. and China destined to fall for the Thucydides Trap, or is there a level of Mutually Assured Restraint? Sara Fay, Niko Marcich, Liam Kraft, and Cameron Vaské discuss the rise of China, the Belt and Road Initiative, geopolitics, and compare U.S.-China relations to the Cold War.

The Year in Review: A Look Back at Key Events and Lessons in 2018

“If 2018 has taught me anything, it’s that the unpredictability of diplomacy is a comfort.”

It has been a long year. In 2018 we saw Ukraine and Russia fight over the Sea of Azov; Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia elect new Presidents; Jamal Khashoggi murdered in Ankara; the Democrats flip the House, Sri Lanka and the Maldives experience public backlash over the BRI; Trump start a trade war with China, withdraw the U.S. from the JCPOA, and move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem; Ukraine’s Orthodox Church break with Russia; Japan and the EU announce the largest ever trade deal; and crises of migration continue in Myanmar and Venezuela.

Grab a coffee, ITS Wonks. It’s time for The Year in Review.

The ITS Café’s biggest team yet reflects on 2018 and looks at the 3 biggest issues in 2019. International Scholars Emily Tatum, Pranav Jain, Pascal Letendre-Hanns, Anna Davidson, Will Truban and Chief Editor Cameron Vaské look at the highlights of 2018 and trends to watch in 2019.