Galicia! From Tobacco Smuggling to Europe’s Cocaine Getaway

The European drug trafficking scene has undergone a plethora of changes in the last decade. Some argue that Galicia reflects this constant evolution of increasingly influential organized crime gangs that take advantage of globalization to better manage local markets.

(Analysis) Assessing the Added Value of European Engagement with Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia locates at the core of the wider Indo-Pacific region and embraces one of the globe’s most crucial bodies of water for maritime trade, the South China Sea. Being also home to vibrantly growing economies, the region holds great strategic importance for most global players. This includes the European Union (EU), whose interests in such a faraway area are of vital importance and include both economic relationships and regional security.

SOTEU 2022: Expectations on the Roadmap to 2023

On the 14th of September, Ursula Von der Leyen spoke in front of the European Parliament to deliver 2022’s State of the Union speech. The President of the Commission was accompanied by the guest of honour for the evening, Mrs. Olona Zelenska. It has been 8 months since the beginning of the Ukrainian war, which has prompted an energy crisis, stark inflation and interruptions in supply-chains across Europe as a spillover effect, among other consequences.

(Analysis) Iraqi Kurdistan: the EU’s Next Major Energy Supplier?

Iraqi Kurdistan’s Prime Minister is convinced that his region can become one of Europe’s main energy suppliers in the near future.
This article takes an in depth look at the opportunities and challenges facing Iraqi Kurdistan’s plans of becoming a global energy exporter, in order to determine their feasability.

Polar Power Plays: Is the EU’s Arctic Policy Still Relevant?

The Arctic has been termed “the pole of peace” by Mikhael Gorbachev in 1987. However, in recent times, there are a lot of developments in the region. As such, this article takes a closer look at the EU’s Arctic policy in light of recent challenges and analyzes the main challenges to and priorities of the EU’s Arctic strategy.

(Analysis) EU Candidate Status for Ukraine and Moldova: Political Signal or Geostrategic Move?

The article seeks to outline the key factors that impacted the EU’s decision to grant candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova. It touches on the issues of EU-Russia competition in the shared neighborhood and relations between the EU and the Associated Trio countries.

(Analysis) A Grand Chess Game: The Russo-Ukraine Conflict’s Impact on China’s strategy toward the EU

The article speculates China’s grand strategy toward the EU within the context of the Russo-Ukraine conflict. It analyzes the US-EU-China trilateral relationships and how the U.S. and China utilize the Russo-Ukraine conflict to spread their influence in the Eurasian continent.

Weaponized Migration Towards Europe: Humanitarian Crisis or Hybrid Warfare ?

The threat of weaponized migration is sadly a reality that the European Union needs to face. This de-humanizing practice, which instrumentalizes humanitarian crisis and the struggle of innocent to gain strategic advantages, is a new way in which the conflict between Europe and Russia is being fought. As such, it is imperative to gain a comprehensive understanding of what the implications of such strategies are, and also to maintain fortitude in addressing them