President Trump's announcement on 8 May 2018 that the US would withdraw from the nuclear deal with Iran is likely a game-changer in international efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
The European Commission's 2018 Communication on the EU's enlargement policy with the accompanying Country Reports, to be presented on 17 April, comes at a time when public opinion in several EU member states remains ambivalent about continued enlargement.
The Skripal affair in the UK, followed by the imposition of new sanctions by a group of European countries, the US and Canada, has confirmed once again the downward spiral in relations between Russia and the West.
The meeting will deepen the discussion on the issues raised in the meeting of the 26th of March:
1) Better Coordination on Cyber Defence among the different constituencies in the EU and across Member States
2) Approaching deterrence through soft tools rather than only hard military options
President Trump has been building up suspense over whether or not to withdraw the US from the Iran nuclear deal. There is a very real prospect that he will do so when the statutory deadline for recertification of the JCPOA expires on 12 May 2018.
Freedom House's Nations in Transit 2018.
Please join for a discussion based on the findings of the latest edition of Nations in Transit, Freedom House’s annual survey of democratic reform in the 29 formerly communist countries from Central Europe to Central Asia.
The first round of Egypt’s presidential election will take place on 26-28th March. Preparations for the vote are underway, though there are concerns about the lack of credible competition to the incumbent, President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi.