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EPIS Working Groups

Through EPIS Working Groups, we bring you regular briefings and news updates to help you stay up to date on what matters in international relations. In bite-sized pieces, we provide a round-up of important news and short analyses from the Americas to the Indopacific. All this is accompanied by handy infographics.

EPIS does not take institutional positions on public policy issues. The views presented in these briefs are those of the authors and do not represent the views of EPIS Think Tank.

Current Issues in International Foreign & Security Policy


May Brief: The Significance of the Japan-US Alliance amid the Evolving World Order

The USA-Japan alliance aims to balance China's power and address the Russia-Ukraine war, ensuring peace and security in the Indo-Pacific and beyond.


May Brief: Alternative strategies for Ukraine?

EU must increase internal support, as well as forge international alliances if the isolationist against Russia is to succeed.


May Brief: Georgia's New “Foreign Agents” Law

Georgia's new foreign agents law labels NGOs with significant foreign funding as working for foreign powers, harming its EU accession prospects and drawing criticism for being anti-democratic.

North America

May Brief: Palestinian Statehood: Growing Isolation of the United States

The American blockade of a UN vote on Palestinian statehood highlights different positions on the international stage.


April Brief: North Korea - Russia's Most Important Ally?

North Korea, driven by historic ties and strategic interests, increases support for Russia’s war in Ukraine.


April Brief: Europe’s Struggle for a United Stance in the Middle East Conflict

EU's internal divisions hinder unanimous decisions in the Middle East conflict, despite recent progress in humanitarian aid initiatives.


April Brief: Ukraine’s Presidential Elections - The Workings of a Post-Soviet Democracy

Ukraine prides itself as a post-Soviet democracy. However, to what degree is the lack of upcoming elections a constitutional limitation or an excuse for democratic backsliding?

North America

April Brief: Canada’s versus Mexico’s Stance on Ukraine

While Trudeau's Canada is siding with the West in supporting Ukraine, López Obrador's Mexico tries to stay neutral.


March Brief: Democracy and South Asia; Study of Recent Elections

In South Asia, Bangladesh and Pakistan face election controversies; India holds fair polls despite challenges.


March Brief: The Impact of Europe's Withdrawal from the Sahel Region

After a wave of military coup d’états in the Sahel region, EU member states had to withdraw around 7400 troops. This security vacuum now leads to increasing instability in the region.


March Brief: Behind the Ballots of the 2024 Russian Presidential Election: Insights and Implications amidst an Ongoing War

In the upcoming Russian presidential elections, President Putin is expected to portray himself as the unchallenged leader, maintaining his dominance over the Russian state.

North America

March Brief: Implications of a Trump Re-Election – A Global Outlook

A Trump re-election has strong foreign policy implications: an insecure NATO, US isolationism, and a reinforced Israel.

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