Middle East & North Africa (MENA)

The European Union Global Strategy: How Best to Adapt to New Challenges?

The writing of the new European Union Global Strategy comes at a difficult time. The world has become more and more volatile and there are crises on Europe’s eastern, southeastern and southern flanks. Although the conflicts in the south and the east are very different in nature, they both highlight the need for the EU to strengthen its foreign and security policy to better respond to a hybrid blend of challenges, which involve military and non-military, conventional and unconventional methods and tactics. The Global Strategy has the difficult task of setting the EU’s interests and objectives in respect of global security as well as the means to achieve them in the medium and long term.

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Helga Kalm in Välismääraja

ICDS Research Fellow Helga Kalm together with Member of Parliament Mr Marko Mihkelson commented on the radio program Välismääraja on the crisis between Saudi Arabia and Iran. They discussed the implication of the current crisis on the wider region and whether the lifting of sanctions might escalate tensions even further.

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ICDS Junior Research Fellow Helga Kalm Speaks about Baltic Cooperation in the Light of Refugee Crisis

The seminar „Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia: cooperation and outlooks in the context of security challenges for the region and the EU” was held on November 23 in Tallinn jointly organized by Institute of Public Affairs (Poland) and the International Centre for Defence and Security (ICDS). The seminar introduced the results of an opinion poll conducted by the Institute of Public Affairs in Poland and the three Baltic States about opinions in the society on current international and regional affairs. The presentation was be followed by a debate of experts from the four countries focusing the results of the poll as well as the reactions in the society to the refugee crisis and threat of terrorism.

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