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Thu, Mar 26, 2020

EU greenlights North Macedonia and Albania membership talks: Breakthrough or symbolic gesture?

"The decision by the EU foreign ministers to open accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania comes at a time when Europe is battling a major public health crisis and is bracing for its economic aftershocks," Dimitar Bechev says. "Keeping enlargement alive speaks volumes about the union’s ability to muddle through."

New Atlanticist by Jörn Fleck

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Ms. Judy Ansley joined the Atlantic Council’s Europe Center as a senior advisor in March 2019. She has served on the Board of Directors at the US Institute of Peace since June 2011.

Judy Ansley previously served as assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor at the National Security Council (NSC) from 2008 until January 20, 2009. Ms. Ansley previously served as deputy national security advisor for regional affairs from 2007 to 2008, and began her service at the NSC in August 2005, as special assistant to the president and senior director for European affairs.

Prior to her service at the NSC, Ms. Ansley served for over 20 years in various positions in the US Senate. From 1999 to 2005, Ms. Ansley was a staff member of Senate Armed Services Committee, first as deputy staff director, and then as staff director. From 1995 to 1999, Ms. Ansley was national security advisor to Senator John Warner of Virginia. Prior to that, Ms. Ansley was on the staff of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, first as special assistant to the vice chairman, and then as minority staff director, responsible for issues related to the national intelligence budget and congressional oversight of the US intelligence community. Ms. Ansley began her Senate career in 1983 on the professional staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee, advising Senators on foreign policy issues. Prior to her work in the Senate, Ms. Ansley was a research assistant in the Foreign Affairs Division of the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress.

Ms. Ansley holds an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University.