Geopolitics Blog


8th December 2020

Politics and Governance in the Horn of Africa

This blog considers the governance challenges facing the Horn of Africa as outlined by Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General, Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, in his recent webinar address.
7th December 2020

Valéry Giscard d’Estaing  

Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, President of France from 1974 to 1981, died on 2 December 2020, aged 94. This appreciation of Giscard d’Estaing was written after the conclusion of his two years as Chairman of the European Convention in 2003. The author, Tony Brown, worked as an Advisor to the Oireachtas Members of the Irish Delegation to the Convention The Convention’s success in producing, with near unanimity, a comprehensive constitutional text owed much to Giscard’s presidency marked, in the words of the Financial Times, by “a mix of charm, guile and a certain authoritarianism that one would have expected from a former inhabitant of the Elysée.” Although initially adopted by EU governments, it was not until 2009 that the Lisbon Treaty, containing its main elements for the reformed governance of the EU, was signed and approved, in Ireland’s case after two referenda.
20th November 2020

Building Back Better: Sustainability Post-COVID-19

Following his address to the IIEA, this blog outlines Professor Sachs’ argument that the international community must live up to global commitments made in the SDGs in the post-pandemic recovery.
18th September 2020

Strategic cacophony or strategic autonomy? – Reflections on EU Foreign Policy

This blog seeks to evaluate the progress of EU strategic autonomy in the context of how EU Foreign Ministers addressed recent geopolitical crises at the Gymnich meeting in Berlin.
24th August 2020

Post- Covid-19 and the Future of Development

On 20 July 2020, Achim Steiner, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, gave an address to the IIEA. This briefing summarises many of the concerns that the UNDP has in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic and the potential for an economic recession. It also outlines how the UNDP is working with countries around the world to develop strategic responses to the impacts of the pandemic.