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The Limits of Counter-Insurgency in Afghanistan or the Failure of the EU

The Limits of Counter-Insurgency in Afghanistan or the Failure of the EU

The international community has been involved in Afghanistan since 2001 as a consequence of the 9/11 attacks on U.S. soil. By 2003, NATO took control of the ISAF and expanded its operations across all Afghanistan. Likewise, the Europeans have been involved in Afghanistan through several types of missions. On one side, Europeans have contributed to […]

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Europe is More Than a Soft Power- Just Look Inside!

Europe is More Than a Soft Power- Just Look Inside!

Ethnic discord, cultural and linguistic divisions, monarchy, site of the longest political crisis ever recorded; no, I am not talking about Iraq, Pakistan, Egypt, or Tunisia, but Belgium, one of the founding countries of the EU, a signatory of the Treaties of Rome in 1957, the heart of the European Union, and home of the […]

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Is Europe back in?

Is Europe back in?

Several weeks ago, President Barack Obama spent an entire week traveling throughout Europe meeting the heads of states and governments of Ireland, Britain, France, Germany, and Poland, in order to strengthen the transatlantic bridge. On June 7 and 8, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was Obama’s guest in Washington. Besides a sudden secret love-story between the […]

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Making CSDP easy!

Making CSDP easy!

Several days ago, my co-blogger, Finn Maigaard, and I were chatting via skype with Ms. Giji Gya of ISIS Europe and her team on their latest project: CSDP Maps. This excellent think-tank, well known for its European Security Review series, has been working for several years in developing an extremely useful tool for researchers, practitioners, […]

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Tradition over Transparency: Should the IMF seat stay in Europe?

Tradition over Transparency: Should the IMF seat stay in Europe?

Europe is trying to maintain its international rank and power not because of its latest successes, but because of tradition. Here is the idea emerging with the recent arrest of IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Khan (also called DSK) concerning the appointment of a new IMF chief. The theme of this blog is not to discuss […]

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A Quiet success!

A Quiet success!

“The EU will have its voice in the General Assembly,” said President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy. For this first time of its history, the EU will be able to address the UN General Assembly (UNGA). By passing on May 3, 2011, the Resolution 65/276 on “Strengthening of the United Nations System: Participation […]

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A drop of optimism in the sea of depression?

A drop of optimism in the sea of depression?

The outcry is global, the West made a strategic mistake by going to Libya. The humanitarian desire to protect civilians in Libya from their deadly dictator has shifted to a political desire of regime change. NATO and its allies are getting seriously bogged down in Libya raising several points. First, France is no longer the […]

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The Ghosts of the Past

The Ghosts of the Past

Today, the military decisions to go to Libya mandated by the UNSC Resolution 1973 seem to be pretty far as the West is getting bog down in Libya. France, the UK, and the US have been now involved militarily in Libya for over a month. Colonel Qaddafi has been intensely fighting in order to maintain […]

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Libya and the Obvious Truth

Libya and the Obvious Truth

Since the beginning of the strategic bombings of Libya enforcing a no-fly zone mandated by the United Nations Security Council resolution 1973, the Euro-Atlantic community has gone through a rough political and diplomatic period. President Sarkozy of France was one of the architects behind the UNSCR and leading the path to implementing a no-fly zone. […]

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Neocons strike back?

Neocons strike back?

With the election of President Obama, many in Europe thoughts that the ‘hawks’ or neoconservatives, conservative American politicians emphasizing on the ‘exceptional’ character and role of America, would have understood that their times ended with the final minutes of the Bush’s presidency in 2009. Unfortunately, they have just stayed underground waiting for the right moment […]

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EUFOR Libya: Just about time!

EUFOR Libya: Just about time!

Following the successful revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, citizens of Libya have been calling for democratic transition since February 2011. For almost two months, the European Union has been invisible and quiet on the Libyan case at the exception of several irrelevant statements delivered by the High Representative Ashton. It is only on April 1st, […]

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History all over again?

History all over again?

The Libyan dilemma around the question of intervention versus non-intervention to provide protection of civilians should remain at the heart of the political debate and should not disappear in Libya’s ruins. The approval of the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1973 on March 17, 2011 was an important step for the international community to […]

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Stairway to Libya

Stairway to Libya

On March 19, 2011, the West led by France, the United Kingdom and the United States launched Operation Odyssey Dawn. In contrast to the invasion of Iraq in 2003, which violated International Law and public opinion, the military operation in Libya grounds its legitimacy in the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1973, “demanding an […]

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Lessons from Wisconsin

Lessons from Wisconsin

With the current crises and revolutions in North Africa, Maghreb and Middle East, the political crisis taking place in Wisconsin has flown under the radar in Europe. Wisconsin is going through a major political and social crisis as the future of labor unions’ power and other social rights of public workers in Wisconsin and ultimately […]

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State of the Union: Time for Europe to Assume its Role?

State of the Union: Time for Europe to Assume its Role?

I was in the middle of the writing of my latest blog on the 2011 State of the Union, when I had the pleasure to read Finn’s analysis. Finn’s argument of Europe feeling leftover is absolutely valid and has been very popular in Europe, especially since the 2009 EU-US Summit wherein President Obama did not […]

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About the Author

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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