It is a dangerous oversimplification to view the conflict in Mali through the narrow prism of counter-terrorism. The success of the French-led intervention depends on setting attainable outcomes.
If the EU is to have an effective foreign policy in the future, it will need a clear sense of its strategic priorities, and what it is prepared to do through its Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).
Europe sees Asia overwhelmingly as a trade partner and, unlike the US, hasn't been able to develop a security assessment of the region. How should European engagement with China be strengthened on security issues?
The renewed focus of US defence policy towards Asia does not endanger the future of NATO.
Is Guinea the success story of democratic transition that the EU hoped for?
To promote more effective Nigerian responses to Boko Haram terrorism, the EU must maintain its development focus whilst also engaging more strategically beyond immediate counter-insurgency concerns.