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Oct 182013

Transworld Paper No. 27

by Tomáš Weiss

This paper analyzes the European Union’s adjustment to the current international security environment. It focuses on the selected issues of terrorism, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, cyber-security, and failed states. Moreover, it addresses the EU’s engagement of emerging powers, as well as the tools and practices used when approaching other states. Structural and political determinants of the EU adjustment as well as the internal constrains of this process are discussed. The paper concludes that the EU has failed to become a leader in global security policy, although it has adjusted profoundly, it commands considerable capabilities, and it has the potential to play a much more important role. The lack of international leadership can be understood as a function of weak internal institutions and the conflicting interests among the member states.


Oct 012012

Transworld Working Paper 01

by John Peterson,
Nathalie Tocci and
Riccardo Alcaro

A theoretical framework is needed to make sense of a new international order and the place of the transatlantic alliance in it. We focus on three variables:

1) rising multipolarity;
2) the future of multilateralism, and
3) the scope for transatlantic leadership.

The authors argue that systemic theories of international relations are likely to fail to explain the behaviour of major powers that are focused inward on profound domestic challenges.
The study of IR becomes increasingly the study of its parts: individual policies.
The US and Europe have capacity to lead in many policy areas, but must focus on reforming multilateral institutions.