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The Price of Sanctions

In the last few months we have watched violence engulf Gaza, Russia trample Eastern Ukraine, and the ravages of civil war and ISIS decimate Syria and Iraq. These events pose a greater and more frightening threat every day to all nations.

“The party system has been killed.” An interview with Azerbaijan’s Razi Nurullayev

The same family has ruled Azerbaijan since October 1993, first with Heydar Aliyev ruling from 1993 to 2003, and then with his son Ilham Aliyev from 2003 onwards. Since 1993, Azerbaijan has seen a steady drop in political liberties while the government and economy have been strengthened through the promotion of the extractive industries with…

NATO’s Choice Remains “Out of Area or Out of Business”

At NATO’s summit in Wales this week, the transatlantic military alliance has an opportunity to chart its strategic trajectory for the 21st century. The war in Afghanistan dominated proceedings for the past few summits, but this time NATO’s post-Afghanistan organizing principles will take center stage. Many, including former Supreme Allied Commander Europe James Stavridis, have suggested that…

Ensuring Energy Security in an Unsecure World

The central role energy has played in this summer’s international conflicts has generated renewed concern for US energy security. As the Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS) swept through northern Iraq capturing oil fields and refineries in early June, questions swirled around Iraq’s production capabilities and the future of international oil prices. Soon thereafter, tensions…

Back to the Future: Reassessing NATO-Russia Relations

Russia’s annexation of Crimea and efforts to destabilize Ukraine are forcing NATO to come to grips with a new strategic reality. The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 has crystallized just how severely events in Ukraine have undermined the belief that Europe is a continent at peace. The consequences of this crisis will certainly be…

Proposed Voice of America Reforms a Step Backwards for U.S. Diplomacy

In the wake of a reignited battle between Russia and the West to win the hearts and minds of post-Soviet states, the United States ought to re-evaluate a proposed bill that will quietly undermine some of the very principles for which it is fighting. 

A Failed Multilateral Consensus on Women, Peace, and Security

NATO is now five years out from the institution of its women, peace, and security action plan. How has the trans-Atlantic treaty organization pursued the WPS agenda, and what shortcomings still remain?

Did Russia Achieve its Goals in the Sochi Summit?

President Putin’s Sochi Summit brought an unprecedented number of African leaders to Moscow, developing Russia’s prestige as a supplier of arms to the continent and rattling the U.S. foreign policy establishment.

Against Tyranny: An Interview with Waller R. Newell

A discussion of the history of tyranny from the Bronze Age of Homer to the contemporary transnational white supremacist factions spreading across the globe.

Ukraine’s Natural Gas Transit Talks: Scant Progress as Supply Cutoff Looms

Ukraine and Russia are discussing a natural gas transit extension. Without an agreement, Russian gas could cease to flow via Ukraine to Europe on January 1. This article assesses progress in Ukraine-Russia talks, as time for a deal grows short.

France’s Multicultural Challenge

French internal policies must change to help forge a new multicultural France, where immigrants can celebrate their heritage, practice the religion of their choosing and still be French.

NATO’s Expanding Role in Cybersecurity

While NATO is developing partnerships with member states and through partnerships to bolster cyber defense capabilities, bureaucratic and security protocols hamper its effectiveness.