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Bureaucrats in Non-Proliferation Policymaking

How the EU came to support the NPT’s indefinite extension

The European Union has a curious position within the non-proliferation regime in general and in the review process of the Non-Proliferation Treaty in particular.

As an international organization, the EU is not a party to the Treaty, although all of its members are. Yet, there are vast differences among them.

Wolfgang Ischinger: Future of the Euro-Atlantic Security Order

Former Distinguished Scholar Wolfgang Ischinger is a German diplomat who was affiliated with the Wilson Center’s Global Europe Program from April to June of 2014.  He has been Chairman of the Munich Security Conference since 2008, and was Deputy Foreign Minister of Germany from 1998 to 2001. Ischinger began his diplomatic career in 1973 in the cabinet of the UN Secretary-General. He served as German Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 2006 to 2008 and to the United States from 2001 to 2006. In 2007, he represented the EU in the Troika negotiations on the future of Kosovo.

Panel: Best Practices for Academic/Industry Collaboration in Smart Cities

Trans-Atlantic Symposium on ICT Technology and Policy

On 5G Networks, Big Data, Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems for a Smart Society

Goals of the Symposium

May Hangs on After Tortuous UK Election

Riding high in the opinion polls just 6 weeks ago and with a governing majority of 12 from the 2015 general election, British PM Theresa May and her Conservative Party woke up to a very different political landscape this morning. With all votes now counted, Britain will have a hung parliament with May's majority wiped out and her leadership in the balance after a personally disastrous campaign. No party will have enough seats to govern alone.

Macron Wins: What’s Next for France?

The French election is over, but the task of building a government and moving France forward has just begun for Emmanuel Macron. With the populism represented by Marine Le Pen rejected, for now, what’s next for France and the EU? Can the newcomer Macron provide the vision for which his country and the European alliance is searching? We asked Wilson Fellow Steven Kramer to help us understand the election and its implications for France just days into the Macron presidency. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.



Brexit Process Begins: What’s Next?

After years of speculation, a heated campaign, and a referendum outcome that shocked the world, the formal Brexit process begins March 29th. The UK’s exit from the EU is now a 2-year process of negotiations toward a final resolution. Can it be completed in the time allotted and what happens next? Global Fellow, Michelle Egan has been following the story for years and she joins us to sort through the complex implications and activities that begin in earnest following the formal triggering of Article 50. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

Time of Uncertainty: How the EU and Germany See Today’s Russia

Perception of Russia in the EU and German foreign policy concepts

The architecture of the EU’s foreign policy relations and domestic agenda of its member states have been undergoing some serious changes. The European system of checks and balances has become unbalanced and no longer functions properly. Seventy years after the end of World War II, Europe is once again a continent on which military conflicts occur, borders are redrawn, and the number of people seeking refuge and safety is greater than in the decades during and after World War II.

The EU's Current Predicament and Challenges

The underlying economic problems of unemployment and unequal distribution of wealth, exacerbated by the flood of migrants in 2015, have created a toxic mix that threatens to fragment the 27 EU nations.  It also threatens to undo much of the common economic and political work achieved since the 6 original members formed the Iron & Steel Community after World War II.

What Does the World Expect of President-elect Trump: European Union

Europe expects:

  • The United States will stand by its commitment to a secure and stable Europe.
  • Trade agreements that benefit both American and European workers.
  • Russia will not succeed in driving the United States from the EU nor expect America to ignore Russian efforts to divide the EU itself.

Q: What is the greatest challenge facing the U.S. relationship with Europe?