All in European Affairs

A Coffee Break in the Brexit Process: The Conservative Party Leadership Race

Who among those in the Conservative Party will win the party’s favor, take on the mantle of government, and assume responsibility for the Brexit process? Editor-in-Chief Cameron Vaské sits down with our “Brexit Secretary in Opposition” Gregor Catto to find out what the Conservative Party Leadership Race means for Britain’s future.

Unforced Errors and Misrecognition: The JCPOA & U.S.-EU-Iran Relations a Year After U.S. Withdrawal

It’s been just over a year since the United States withdrew from the Joint Cooperative Plan of Action (JCPOA or “Iran Deal”) which it originally negotiated with Iran, the E3 (the U.K., France, and Germany), the EU, China, and Russia. Now, President Rouhani has given the remaining signatories to the JCPOA a 60-day period to demonstrate their goodwill and commitment to delivering economic relief and support for Iran’s struggling economy, per the terms of the JCPOA.

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 "People's March for What?" Edition

Despite two weeks of significant attempts to reverse course on the Brexit process itself, define the options on the table, and to ratify May’s Brexit Deal — including Prime Minister Theresa May’s offer of resignation if her deal passes — and the People’s March for a second referendum, the future of Britain in Europe still remains uncertain.

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 "European Balance of Political Power" Edition

The European Union gears up for election season as polls on the upcoming European Parliamentary Elections shed light on shifting political realities in Europe. Spain announces new general elections, and Rome and Paris trade political jabs over the Gilets Jaunes. Senior Editor Pascal Letendre-Hanns and Chief Editor Cameron Vaské examine the changing balance of political power in this episode of The ITS Café.

The "Slow-Moving Car Wreck of Brexit" Edition

Following the historic defeat of May’s Brexit Deal in Parliament, what comes next for the process of Brexit? How did we get here? What will happen to Ireland and Northern Ireland? Will there be a no-deal Brexit, and what is the impact of Brexit on the European Elections? Jason Deegan, Daniel Odin Shaw, Senior Editor Pascal Letendre-Hanns, and Chief Editor Cameron Vaské explore these issues at length in The ITS Café.

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.

Special Episode Part II: European Elections and the Future of European Foreign Affairs

Special guest Jorge Galindo of El País, Joshua Stowell of The Global Security Review, Emily Tatum, Pascal Letendre-Hanns and Cameron Vaské discuss the rise of progressives in the Democratic Party and the House of Representatives following the 2018 U.S. Midterm Elections and what it means for U.S. foreign and domestic policy.