Geopolitics

geopolitics Analysis


Geopolitics is the umbrella under which the IIEA analyses developments in foreign policy, including the EU’s external relations and policy developments. The Geopolitics programme also covers global power dynamics vis-à-vis the United States, Russia and China.

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.
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18th November 2020

Turning the Trump Page: What Next for Anglo-American Relations?

Mark Landler assesses the outcome of the US Presidential Election in the context of Anglo-American relations.
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18th November 2020

US Foreign Policy under President Biden

Professor John Mearsheimer shares his insights on the future direction of US Foreign Policy in the aftermath of the election.
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18th November 2020

Irish Women in Leadership in Peace, Security and Diplomacy

Leaders from Ireland’s defence and foreign policy spheres offer their perspective on how the Women, Peace and Security agenda can enhance foreign, security and defence policy.
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9th November 2020

The Future of US Foreign Policy

Taking place just days after the US Presidential Election, this expert discussion focuses on how US foreign policy may shift under a President Joe Biden or continue in the same vein under President Trump.
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9th November 2020

U.S. Support for the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement and Peace and Prosperity on the Island of Ireland

Ambassador Mulvaney outlines the US Government’s perspective on the protection of the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement and peace in Northern Ireland in the context of ongoing EU-UK talks.
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4th November 2020

Europe’s role in the world and the future of multilateralism

Federica Mogherini reflects on Europe’s role in the world and the future of multilateralism in the aftermath of the pandemic.
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20th October 2020

Strategic Challenges to EU Defence

General Claudio Graziano discusses how the EU will act as a global security provider and contribute to protect EU interests.
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geopolitics Publications

18th June 2020

The Multilateral Order Post-Covid: Expert Voices

The multilateral order as we have known it since the Second World War was already showing strains before the world was afflicted with the coronavirus pandemic. The unprecedented measures taken across the world to deal with the immediate crisis have only highlighted the need for a more thoroughgoing examination of this order. In this IIEA Expert Voices publication, ten foreign policy experts share short perspectives on the question of how COVID-19 pandemic will impact different aspects of the rules-based multilateral order.
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28th April 2020

Military Cooperation in a time of COVID-19

The first part of the paper is an analysis of the patterns of military cooperation in Europe, reflecting variations in the security and defence policies of European states. It examines the different composition and roles of the European Union and NATO, as well as the more recent European Intervention Initiative. European governments at present show little appetite to bear the material or political costs of creating a single “European Army”. The second part of the paper examines the initial impact of the coronavirus pandemic on this policy area, and argues that future patterns of cooperation will depend on how the pandemic affects the evolution of immediate threats in the European region, changes in military technology, and geopolitical rivalry in the multipolar world order.
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3rd March 2020

The Rules-Based Multilateral Order: A Rethink is Needed

The rules-based multilateral order with which we are familiar is essentially a Western one, which has been added to and amended since the end of World War II. The last 75 years, technological development, especially in transport and telecommunications, has made the world an ever more single space. As well, the dynamics of world organisation have changed with the emergence of more than one hundred new states, the inexorable rise of China and the increasing impact of civil society and of corporations on world affairs. New challenges, climatic, social and technological, have arisen. The established system needs to be rethought. The author, Pádraig Murphy, is the Chair of the IIEA Foreign Policy Group and a member of the IIEA Germany Group. During a distinguished career in the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Pádraig Murphy served as Ambassador in Germany, the USSR, Japan and Spain among other countries, and also served as Political Director of the Department.
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5th April 2019

Ireland and the Changing Global Foreign Direct Investment Landscape

In this paper for the IIEA, Frank Barry discusses five major developments in the external FDI landscape with a focus on their implications for the Irish economy.  
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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.
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geopolitics Past Events

16th October 2020

The Transatlantic Alliance: A European Parliament Perspective

Just over two weeks prior to the US Presidential Election, Radosław Sikorski MEP offers his analysis of the current state, and future of, the transatlantic alliance.
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2nd October 2020

Countering Online Disinformation: Actions Taken and the Challenges Ahead

Paolo Cesarini discusses the threat of disinformation and the EU’s policy response to it, focusing on the EU’s Code of Practice on Disinformation, which is currently under review.
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1st October 2020

The World Order after the Pandemic

Professor Stephen Walt reflects on the impact of the pandemic on the shape of the world order.
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29th September 2020

Towards November and Beyond: The Reshaping of US Politics

In conversation with Dan O’Brien, Edward Luce gives his assessment of the US Presidential Election campaign less than 50 days from polling day.
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29th September 2020

WEBINAR: The State of the European Union 2020

Marking President Ursula von der Leyen’s inaugural State of the Union Address, the IIEA and the European Commission Representation in Ireland hosts a public webinar discussion.
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