European Foreign Policy at a Crossroads

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The European Union’s past effort to forge a common foreign and security policy yielded notable accomplishments – notably in the Balkans, in securing a nuclear deal with Iran, and in the very process of enlarging the EU. Now the durability of those achievements and the future of the EU’s ability to execute a collective foreign policy are clouded by a new constellation of factors: Russia’s belligerence in Ukraine and “near abroad” under Putin, Turkey’s autocratic turn under Erdogan, Britain’s decision to leave the EU, and President Trump’s “America First” foreign policy. Baroness Catherine Ashton, the EU’s first ever foreign minister, will assess these trends in conversation with Wilson Center President Jane Harman. 

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