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Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and Italian President Sergio Mattarella attend a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on February 22, 2017. 

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Analysis & Opinions - The Diplomat

Italy’s Risky China Gamble

| Mar. 14, 2019

As the first G-7 country to sign a memorandum of understanding on the BRI, Italy’s participation would carry large symbolic weight for China. But this would hardly be enough to legitimize the BRI amid a global backlash against it and Beijing’s own struggles with piling debt and a slowing economy in the throes of a trade war with the United States. Instead, U.S. diplomats correctly warn that it would harm Italy’s own reputation.

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Analysis & Opinions - Time

What Next for Brexit: Britain Plays the Ultimate Game of ‘Deal or No Deal’

| Mar. 06, 2019

Brexit with a deal. Brexit without a deal. No Brexit. Those are the only possible destinations on the United Kingdom’s torturous journey toward determining its future relationship with the European Union. An extension, election, or second referendum would simply be a detour on the road toward one of those endpoints.

A U.S. Marine carries cold weather equipment as he begins to march across the Icelandic terrain in preparation for NATO’s Trident Juncture 2018 exercise, October 19, 2018. 

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Report - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

NATO at Seventy: An Alliance in Crisis

| February 2019

Approaching the seventieth anniversary of its founding in April 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) remains the single most important contributor to security, stability and peace in Europe and North America.

NATO allies, however, are confronting daunting and complex challenges that are testing both their purpose and unity. Based on extensive discussions with current European and North American leaders, former senior officials, academics and journalists during the past six months, this report argues that NATO needs to come to grips with ten major challenges this year. The list is long, with simultaneous challenges from within the alliance, from beyond NATO’s borders and looming on the horizon. Most significant is a challenge NATO has not faced before: the absence of strong American presidential leadership. NATO’s leaders need to act decisively in 2019 to meet these tests and heal the widening divisions within the Alliance before it is too late.

Ed Balls, Amanda Sloat and Harriet Cross discussed Brexit with Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook.

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Analysis & Opinions - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Video: Brexit - What's Next?

| Feb. 12, 2019

The Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship in cooperation with the Institute of Politics invited Ed Balls, former UK Shadow Chancellor, Harriet Cross, British Consul General to New England, and Amanda Sloat, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute, to discuss the current state and future of Brexit in a John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum event moderated by Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook.

Chinese Tourists taking pictures in front of the Eiffel tower.

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Analysis & Opinions - South China Morning Post

How the French Are Waking Up to the Rise of Chinese Power

| Jan. 27, 2019

China’s increasing economic and technological clout is becoming more apparent to the French public, many of whom view the country’s rise positively, writes Philippe Le Corre, an Affiliate with the Belfer Center's Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship.

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Europe and the Developing World

| Jan. 21, 2019

In the turbulent times of difficult EU-US relations, Brexit, and rising nationalism in Europe, this course analyses the impressive extent of EU presence in the developing world. It first introduces theories, concepts and decision-making processes related to EU foreign policy (by both Member States and EU institutions). In particular, we analyse the processes within the European Communities, and the CFSP (Common Foreign and Security Policies) / CSDP (Common Security and Defence Policies) frameworks. The course then critically assesses security and economic policies towards the developing world. Themes to explain the nature of contemporary EU foreign policies include: European integration (intergovernmentalism and supranationalism, neoliberalism and ethical foreign policy), diplomacy, post-colonialism, military and civilian means for conflict-management, and also policies on migration, asylum and

David O'Sullivan, EU Ambassador to the US

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Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

The Trump Administration Downgraded the E.U. Ambassador — And Didn’t Tell Him

| Jan. 08, 2019

In the alliance-disrupting era of President Trump, America’s longest-standing friends are nervous about whether the United States would defend them in a conflict. They don’t know whether the White House prefers democratic leaders or autocrats. And the European Union’s ambassador to Washington can’t even count on getting a decent spot in the reception line.