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From Movies to Reality: Is Britain still a Great Power?

From Movies to Reality: Is Britain still a Great Power?

These last couple weeks I have been watching numerous movies on British politics. Coincidence or calculations? Yesterday night, it was Tinker, Tailor, Sailor, Spy, the night before Page Eight (which by the way is one of my favorite spy movies), tonight most likely the Iron Lady. Prior to this triple hat, I saw the Queen, […]

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Tensions in Europe: Is France Starting Fires all around Europe?

Tensions in Europe: Is France Starting Fires all around Europe?

This end of year has been quite tumultuous in Europe: European citizens are in the street, rating agencies threaten to downgrade the rating of some members of the Eurozone, the race to elections is going full speed in several EU countries, all this taking place in a dire economic and political climax. The political debate […]

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Year in Review: Awarding the European Political Elite

Year in Review: Awarding the European Political Elite

Reflecting on 2011: where to start? 2011 has been another busy year for writers, analysts and students of foreign policy: from the Arab revolutions, to the nuclear disaster of Fukushima, to the war in Libya, to the Euro crisis, to the domestic turmoil in the US, so on and so forth. Instead of examining certain […]

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The Return of Mars: Why Does Looking at the GOP Debate on Foreign Policy Matter for Europeans?

The Return of Mars: Why Does Looking at the GOP Debate on Foreign Policy Matter for Europeans?

On November 22, 2011, CNN hosted a debate between the Republican candidates for the presidential nomination, this time dedicated to the theme of national security. The debate was sponsored by the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), two of the most conservative think tanks in the US, with considerable influence in shaping policies […]

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Why is the Greek Referendum Right, but Absolutely Wrong?

Why is the Greek Referendum Right, but Absolutely Wrong?

This year has been all about Greece. The troika, meaning the IMF, ECB, and Commission, have been working on containing the Greek crisis and limiting the contagion to the rest of the Union and ultimately to the global markets. The outcomes of the meeting over the weekend are a new bail-out plan and more ‘haircuts.’ […]

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Smart, Soft, Silent Powers: The UNESCO Problem of the Euro-Atlantic Community

Smart, Soft, Silent Powers: The UNESCO Problem of the Euro-Atlantic Community

UNESCO recently admitted Palestine as a full time member of the UN family. This decision has had considerable consequences: division among the EU powerhouses, U.S. suspension of its financial support to UNESCO, and the end of the Euro-Atlantic community unity as we know it. The 194 members of the UN Education, Science, and Cultural Organization […]

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The German Dilemma

The German Dilemma

The Foreign Policy Association just released its latest annual National Opinion Ballot Report. Many issues have been tackled in this very interesting report, from the reconstruction of Haiti to the financial crisis to multilateralism to the Horn of Africa. Interestingly, one section was dedicated to Germany and its relevance to US interests. However none dealt […]

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2012: The End of the World as We Know It?

2012: The End of the World as We Know It?

Hollywood and other sects have made millions of dollars speculating on the eventual end of the world in 2012. However, should 2012 be instead seen as the year of the renouveau? Powerful states will go through a change of leadership next year; as is the case with France, the United States, China, Russia, Spain, India, […]

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‘Smart Defense’ or the Rise of Atlantilateralism

‘Smart Defense’ or the Rise of Atlantilateralism

On September 30th, Mr. Rasmussen, NATO Secretary General, gave a talk underlining the themes that will be addressed in the Chicago Summit in May 2012. Mr. Rasmussen is facing a considerable challenge on top of the Afghan mission, namely the financial crisis. The crisis is lasting longer than initially thought and forcing members of the […]

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Euro, Zombies, and Greece: A Discussion with Dr. Lorca-Susino

Euro, Zombies, and Greece: A Discussion with Dr. Lorca-Susino

What makes a currency unique? The symbols, monuments, leaders figuring on the paper money, are exemplifications of the collective identity and shared culture. In the case of the Euro, as underlined by Gideon Rachman, the symbols on Euro’s coins and bills are fictitious. Last week, I ask one of my close friends, Dr. Maria Lorca-Susino, […]

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The EEAS and the Palestinian Dilemma

The EEAS and the Palestinian Dilemma

This week, the ballet of heads of state and government will open up at the United Nations headquarter in New York. This year, tensions are a little higher than the previous ones for one reason: Palestine. The Palestinian Authority will be seeking for a change of status within the UN. One of the major concerns […]

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Where does the EU stand on the development of a cybersecurity strategy?

Where does the EU stand on the development of a cybersecurity strategy?

Imagine all the traffic lights going off, no more electric power, a shut down of all communication systems, disruption of nuclear power plants, and a nuclear launch all at the same time with one problem, the government is not in control and has been a victim of a cyberattack. What would be the consequences? Cybersecurity […]

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The End of Europe? Why Saving the Euro is More of a Political Decision Than an Economic One

The End of Europe? Why Saving the Euro is More of a Political Decision Than an Economic One

What does the Euro crisis mean for Europe? Will the Euro crisis lead to the end of Europe as we know it? Is Europe on the edge of being reduced to a simple historical moment only existing in history books? These questions were fostered during an excellent conversation on NPR led by Tom Ashbrook with […]

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The EEAS Game of Musical Chairs

The EEAS Game of Musical Chairs

One of the latest news from the High Representative Ashton is the appointment of 25 new Heads of EU Delegations around the world. This new wave of appointments is part of the 2011 rotating period. The list of appointees is composed of 16 individuals from Member States, seven from the EEAS, and two from the […]

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New Threats, New Challenges: Where Does Europe Fit In?

New Threats, New Challenges: Where Does Europe Fit In?

Currently reading about the question of European security for my dissertation, I came across a very insightful book – in French – entitled Un Monde sans Europe? (A world without Europe?). The manuscript’s research question is very simple: what are the challenges, and possible opportunities, for France and Europe in this transforming world? In order […]

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Maxime H.A. Larivé
Maxime H.A. Larivé

Maxime Larivé holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and European Politics from the University of Miami (USA). He is currently working at the EU Center of Excellence at the University of Miami as a Research Associate. His research focus on the questions of the European Union, foreign policy analysis, security studies, and European security and defense policy. Maxime has published several articles in the Journal of European Security, Perceptions, and European Union Miami Analysis as well as World Politics Review.

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