The second International Nuclear Security Summit hosted by Seoul on the 27-28th March 2012 is an important multilateral forum to discuss a broad range of nuclear security related issues in Asia and beyond.
Key policy frailties continue to constrain the EU’s potential to address state fragility in Guinea Bissau. Future EU success will require calibrated support to reformers and effective outreach to regional and multilateral partners.
The Ivory Coast crisis revealed the weakness of Europe’s foreign policy response. The EU must play a stronger and more political role in order to address the country’s continued fragility.
The EU is not living up to its potential in fragile contexts. This is primarily because of its weak policy implementation, limited understanding of fragility and lack of political vision. The EU must identify its comparative advantages, take risks and adopt new ways of working if it is to make a difference on fragility.
There has been heated debate about democratic retreat in Ukraine, EU-Ukraine trade talks and the EU’s diversion of attention from its Eastern neighbours to North Africa. But Ukraine’s evolving security orientation has been neglected.
Spain contributes to European SSR policies but favours a low profile, and like other European actors, holds back integration within the CFSP arena.