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.

16th February 2021

Securing Europe After Trump: Navigating Troubled Waters

In this paper for the IIEA, Patrick Keatinge, Co-Chair of the IIEA’s Security and Defence Group and Professor Emeritus at Trinity College Dublin, reviews the response of European states to the dangers of political conflict in an unstable international environment at the beginning of 2021.
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9th February 2021

Reconfiguring Security and Defence post-Trump and post-Brexit

Nathalie Loiseau, MEP, delivers an address on the new security and defence arrangements under a new US administration and post-Brexit.
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9th February 2021

The EMA’s Regulatory Role in the Global Response to COVID-19

The Executive Director of the EMA, Emer Cooke, delivers an address on the regulatory role of the EMA in the global response to COVID-19.
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13th January 2021

The Biden Administration – Ireland, UK and Transatlantic Relations

Congressman Boyle offers his perspective on the future prospects for transatlantic relations under a Biden Administration, reflecting on US-Ireland relations and the key priorities for the new Administration post-Brexit.
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13th January 2021

Stabilising the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Special Representative Zerrougui discusses the current situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the work of the UN in the country, and long-term prospects for peace and stability.
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13th January 2021

U.S.-China relations in the wake of the 2020 elections

A webinar with David Dollar on the prospects for U.S.-China relations in the wake of the 2020 elections.
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13th January 2021

Politics and Governance in the Horn of Africa

Special Envoy Onanga-Anyanga discusses politics, governance, and peace and stability in the Horn of Africa against the backdrop of COVID-19.
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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.
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geopolitics Publications

15th February 2021

Securing Europe After Trump: Navigating Troubled Waters

In this paper for the IIEA, Patrick Keatinge, Co-Chair of the IIEA’s Security and Defence Group and Professor Emeritus at Trinity College Dublin, reviews the response of European states to the dangers of political conflict in an unstable international environment at the beginning of 2021. He examines the world after Trump and amid the pandemic; security and defence arrangements in the European region; and finally, Ireland’s place at the beginning of a two-year term on the UN Security Council and its participation in an evolving EU post-Brexit. 
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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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geopolitics Past Events

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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