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Tunisia: The Limits of EU Soft Power?

Tunisia: The Limits of EU Soft Power?

The latest democratic movement taking place in Tunisia has already cost the presidency to long timer Mr. Ben Ali, but now is exemplifying the limit of EU power and influence in times of crisis. Following Mr. Ben Ali’s departure caused by massive strikes and civil unrests against his power and regime, the EU and other […]

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Why can European integration offer the tools for success to Sudan?

Sudan has become synonym of the atrocities that took place in Darfur over the years. But on Sunday, January 9th, a new page could be written as the independence’s referendum will decide on the future status of Southern Sudan. It is difficult to believe that the current violent regime in Khartoum will comply in accordance […]

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Snow: The New Weapon of Mass Disruption?

Snow: The New Weapon of Mass Disruption?

This winter break has not been short on interesting, worrisome international developments like the new START Treaty, the latest Chinese anti-naval weapon system, the unpredictable North Korean foreign policy, the meltdown of the Eurozone, Estonia joining the Eurozone, and the Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s judicial drama among many others. Nothing, however, has been more concrete and disrupting […]

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Inside the head of Mr. Solana: NATO-Russia relations

Inside the head of Mr. Solana: NATO-Russia relations

How would Mr. Solana answer the following question: “NATO and Russia: How Can We Broaden Cooperation to Enhance Security?” The former NATO Secretary General and former High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, along with other very high ranked guest speakers tackled the pressing issue of Transatlantic relations vis-à-vis Russia during a day […]

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Thoughts before the beginning of the Lisbon Summit

Thoughts before the beginning of the Lisbon Summit

On November 19 and 20, Lisbon will be hosting the latest NATO Summit. The main purpose behind the Summit will be to adopt a new ‘Strategic Concept’ and try to bring Russia closer to the Alliance. This Summit is extremely important for the future of the Alliance and transatlantic relations. For these reasons, I will […]

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Defense cuts: Bridging the gap between financial and strategic constraints

Defense cuts: Bridging the gap between financial and strategic constraints

A proposition for major cuts on the uniformed and civilian division of the German army has been suggested to the German Defense minister, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg by an expert commission. The plan would be to downgrade the Bundeswehr from 250.000 to 180.000. Mr. zu Guttenberg has been calling for cutting military spending by professionalizing the […]

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Another Brick in the Wall: The Building of the EAS

Another Brick in the Wall: The Building of the EAS

On November 25, 2010, Lady Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, announced in a press release the appointment of the two top administrators of the External Action Service: Pierre Vimont as the Executive Secretary General and David O’Sullivan as its Chief Operating Officer. […]

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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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