Can the EU Be a Strategic Actor? Personal Reflections From Singapore
There is no a priori reason why any country should embrace European or Western values and act by them. Therein lies Europe’s core geopolitical weakness: who can respect your values if you have neither the muscle nor the willpower to apply them? So-called soft power alone cannot influence outcomes. You need both hard and soft power, writes Bilahari Kausikan, former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore.