geopolitics Analysis

19th February 2019

Malta and Ireland as effective players in the global scene

In his address to the IIEA, Foreign Minister Abela draws comparisons between Ireland and Malta, arguing that our two countries can learn from each other and work together to achieve a more united Europe and a safer world.
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18th February 2019

Between Brussels and Moscow: A Tale of Two Unions

Dr Jeffrey Mankoff discusses the relationship between the European Union and the Eurasian Economic Union, during a time of international political and economic change.
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8th February 2019

Russia and the West: Moving Beyond the Hybrid War Illusion

Professor Mark Galeotti challenges the prevailing view of Russia’s hybrid war on the West, drawing on his analysis of the ‘late Putin’ regime and the Russian approach to security and intelligence
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23rd January 2019

The liberal order is rigged

Professor Jeff D. Colgan discussrd the decline of the current liberal order and analyse the options available for cooperation between states in the post-cold war order.
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15th January 2019

What does China want? China, Europe and Global Ambitions

Professor Rana Mitter outlined the emergence of China as an important geopolitical actor; how Chinese engagement with Europe might look post-Brexit; and how Europe might respond.
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23rd November 2018

Small States, Big Ideas

Rt Hon Winston Peters discussed areas of common interest between New Zealand and Ireland and considered pathways available to small states navigating a global order under stress.
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14th November 2018

The Future of EU Foreign Policy

Stefan Lehne gave a critical analysis of the foreign policy instruments of the EU established in the Lisbon Treaty and their efficacy in the current international climate.
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13th November 2018

A New Foreign Policy: Beyond American Exceptionalism

Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs launched his new book, A New Foreign Policy: Beyond American Exceptionalism.
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geopolitics Publications

23rd February 2017

US Border Adjustment Proposal – A Radical Departure?

This briefing examines the tax reform proposals made by Republican Party leaders in the United States and, in particular, the border adjustment measures advocated by Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House, and Kevin Brady, Chairman of the House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee. If enacted, border adjustment would represent a radical change to the US corporate tax system. The briefing analyses the arguments for and against the proposed border adjustment measures, which have divided corporate America and led to concern among leading US trade partners. Its publication comes ahead of an expected announcement from the White House regarding President Trump’s plan for tax reform.
16th January 2017

Finding Our Bearings: European Security Challenges in the Era of Trump and Brexit

The conventional view of Europe as a zone of peace, already shaken by Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, was further challenged by two generally unanticipated events in 2016: the referendum in the United Kingdom on 23 June to withdraw from the European Union and the election on 8 November of Donald Trump as President of the United States. This paper attempts to discern the direction of international security policy in 2017 and to set out the challenges for European security, and their implications for Ireland.
11th January 2017

Celebrating 60 Years Japan – Ireland Diplomatic Relations

2017 marks the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Ireland and Japan. This IIEA report, commissioned by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, examines relations between Ireland and Japan across politics, economics, trade and investment, tourism, education and culture. It outlines the many positive aspects of the Ireland-Japan relationship and identifies steps that could be taken to further strengthen ties between the two nations in the years ahead.
16th August 2016

China’s Market Economy Status: A Political Issue

China’s Market Economy Status: A Political Issue The European Union is currently under pressure to decide as whether to grant Market Economy Status (MES) to China, when certain provisions in its World Trade Organisation Accession Protocol lapse on 11 December 2016. Although China’s quest for market economy status is presented as a technical issue, a lack of clarity in the legal text has left the issue open to both interpretation and politicisation. As the deadline for a decision approaches, this paper analyses the political dimension of the options facing the EU, and their implications for Europe and EU-China relations.
25th May 2016

The Silk Road, XXI Century – One Belt, One Road

In late 2013, the Chinese leadership announced an initiative called One Belt One Road, consisting of a land element – development of infrastructure between central China and Western Europe, and a maritime element, starting from a port in South-Eastern China and ending in Venice.

There are many reasons for this breath-taking initiative: a change in orientation of the domestic economy, development of Western inland regions of China itself, security in Central Asia, accelerated access to markets and raw materials, and break-out from perceived US encirclement. The initiative is accompanied by the establishment by China of the Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank, and a $46 bn Silk Road Fund. Much more will be needed. The project involves some 60 countries and spans the whole of the Eurasian land mass, and includes one of the most neuralgic straits in the world, the Straits of Malacca. The geopolitical implications are huge – the interests of the US, Russia and the EU are in play. But there are potential benefits for everyone in freeing up an increasingly important channel for two-way trade and exchange.

geopolitics Past Events

13th November 2018

Global Energy Challenges

Ernest Moniz outlined the biggest challenges in the energy sector and identified opportunities as the world moves to a multitrillion dollar clean energy economy
18th October 2018

EU External Relations in an Age of Great Powers

Dr. Sven Biscop evaluated the role of EU foreign and strategic power in the current multilateral order in light of recent international developments.
15th October 2018

The Empty Throne: America’s Abdication of Global Leadership

Ambassador Daalder argued that the United States’ post-war commitment to global engagement was essential to bringing decades of peace. He analysed recent shifts in US foreign policy, and its implications for global alliances.
13th September 2018

German-Russian Relations: Return to Normal?

Dr Stefan Meister asseseds the development and current state of German-Russian relations.
21st August 2018

The Evolution of American Conservatism, the Presidency of Donald Trump and the Implications for US Foreign Policy

Mr Spicer discussed changes in US politics and, in particular, how conservatism and the Republican Party have evolved in recent decades.