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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. 

EU’s ‘Right to be Forgotten’ Highlights Debate Over Transatlantic Privacy

The Internet: most of us can’t imagine a few hours without it, much less a whole day or a week. But with its wide array of possibilities comes serious vulnerability. This is particularly true when it comes to the privacy of our personal data. As anyone who has ever been on the job hunt or…

The East’s Dilemma: The Power of Persuasion and the Importance of Influence

Russian president Vladimir Putin once described the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991 as the ‘greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century.’ It is no secret that Russia has been trying to recover its geopolitical influence in former Soviet states to become a regional hegemon once more. But these states, freed from Russia’s control, became open to new…

Turkish Protests Are Unpredictable: A Dispatch From Taksim Square

Istanbul – “Of every two people you meet in Turkey, one of them voted for Erdogan” Mehmet a 31 year- old friend working in the tourism industry, explained to me. In spite of his statement, Mehmet was the first person I met who supported the polarizing Prime Minister after several weeks in the country.

Enhancing the Image: Chinese Renewable Energy Investment in OECD Europe

As China increases investments in renewable energy, questions about Beijing’s motivation arise, as these seemingly benign investments correlate with a rise in China’s perceived international reliability and responsibility.

A Proposed Kosovo-Serbia Land Swap Intensifies Europe’s Integration Challenges

In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, Kosovo’s government has fallen, leaving an uncertain future for the Western Balkan region. Within this context, the lack of clear U.S. opposition to a proposed Kosovo-Serbia land swap opens the door to potentially disastrous consequences for Europe as a whole.

It’s Time to Hold Hungary Accountable

While Europe struggles to confront the coronavirus pandemic, Hungary’s government has exploited the crisis to indefinitely increase its own power. The European Union must punish Hungary for this democratic backsliding, or else risk losing its legitimacy as a community of values.

For a True ‘Geopolitical Commission’ the EU Must Put Its Money Where Its Mouth Is

The outcome of the EU's negotiations around its next long-term budget will have a pivotal effect on the bloc's ambitions to become a stronger geopolitical actor on the global stage. To make these ambitions a reality, the bloc's leaders must reconsider their spending priorities.

Recommitting to NATO, Resisting Putin’s Aggression

Questioning assumptions about war, and remaining committed to NATO, prepared the United States to stare down a Russian march toward Kyiv.

Ensuring Europe’s Security Post-Brexit

The United Kingdom’s recent departure from the European Union may disrupt Europe’s ability to effectively cooperate and deal with various threats to its security. To mitigate this disruption, the UK should remain closely involved in EU security and defense efforts, and a European Security Council should be established.