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19 Sep 2016

On the Rise: Europe’s Fringe Right

Waves of refugees, stagnant economies, terror threats, and a cultural identity crisis are fueling nationalism, isolationism, and Euroskepticism – and challenging Europe’s liberal order.

America Rising: Indispensable Again in Asia

China’s aggressive militarism, slowing economy, and indecisive leadership has renewed America’s status as a welcome and indispensable force for prosperity and security in Asia.

Terror Crossroads: On Europe’s Doorstep

The Balkan region, Kosovo and Bosnia in particular, has become a training ground, forward outpost, and launching pad for jihad across Europe.
5 Jan 2015

The Big Chill: The Battle for Central Europe

Those who see Vladimir Putin’s expansionism as a regional problem miss the point: the Kremlin’s strategic goal is to degrade transatlantic ties, not just dominate neighboring lands.
26 Oct 2016

Czech President Rescinds Medal for Holocaust Survivor

Czech President Miloš Zeman exemplifies Central Europe’s recent democratic backsliding. His latest blunder: to appease China by rescinding a medal from a Holocaust survivor over support for Tibet.
25 Sep 2015

Undeterred and Defiant, Vladimir Kara-Murza Returns

preventing it. — James S. Denton , Publisher and Editor Europe and Central Asia ...

22 Nov 2016

Democracy and Democracies in Crisis

The Western powers are weakening and the authoritarians are ascendent. The question is whether the West can summon the will and the unity to rise to the challenge.
30 Aug 2013

Central Europe’s Velvet Power: Can It Reinvigorate EU Foreign Policy?

Having shaken off the Soviet yoke, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia have made significant political and economic progress. Now can they make their mark in the EU?
7 Sep 2016

Turkey’s Tensions With the West Are Nothing New

Turkey’s pivot to Russia is cause for alarm but not surprise. Government messages, reinforced by media, sow mistrust of the West, and have been getting louder for some time.
3 Nov 2016

Ukrainian Officials Declare Personal Wealth in Transparency Milestone

Under pressure from the West, some 50,000 Ukrainian officials just publicly declared their personal assets. The staggering wealth has stunned the citizens, but a tradition of disclosure will make for a healthier country.
1 May 2010

Ministry of Silly Wars: Britain in Central Asia

Forget the ghosts of Afghanistan: There's plenty to learn from the strange tale of the British in Tibet.
3 Aug 2016

The Balkans: Backsliding, Bankrupt, and Vulnerable

In the wake of the West's endless pursuit of quick fixes, the Balkan countries are backsliding, bankrupt, or somewhere in between. And western 'investments' have provided meager returns.
24 Jun 2015

Weapons Pre-Positioning in Eastern Europe Inadequate to the Task

President Obama’s decision to pre-position heavy weaponry in Central and Eastern Europe is an important show of support, but the strategic benefits should not be overstated.
19 Sep 2016

Presidential Priority: Restore American Leadership

The alternative to America’s indispensability is not a harmonious, self-regulating balance of independent states but an international landscape marked by eruptions of chaos and destruction.

Editor's Introduction

emerged in Europe, a condition that could undo Europe’s liberal order ...

9 Jun 2016

Merkel and Putin's Wrestling Match

Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin are wrestling over which approach to security will be more effective in coming years: economic strength or nuclear intimidation and military conflict.
24 Jun 2016

After Brexit, EU Must Refocus on Credibility, Transparency, Legitimacy

As Brexit shock settles, the EU should stay pragmatic—keeping good relations with the UK—and refocus on European ambition to prevent the spread of a trend across the continent.
9 Sep 2016

Ukraine’s Anti-Corruption Fight Makes Strides

Corruption has eroded Ukraine’s entire judicial system yet the public has kept up pressure to transform it, and important and visible progress is finally taking shape.
6 Dec 2016

Castro: Revolutionary or Tyrannical Demagogue?

The passing of Fidel Castro should be marked by tributes to those who lost their lives resisting his oppression and a recommit to a free and democratic Cuba.
19 Sep 2016

Echoes: The French Revolution

Shadows of Revolution concerns itself not with predicting the future but with clarifying the past and the understanding the present.
1 Jul 2016

NATO Must Act Before Putin Claims the Black Sea

More can be done to prevent Russian intimidation of the Black Sea states, and NATO should address it at its upcoming meeting in Warsaw, or the security risks in the region will only increase.
12 Apr 2016

Solving Ukraine’s Security Dilemma

NATO won’t be expanding east anytime soon, so militarily weak countries between the Baltic and the Black Sea should form an alliance for mutual defense against Moscow.
19 Sep 2016

Unstable, Unruly, and Reprobate: The Middle East Today

Tehran and Riyadh compete to expand their regional influence by maneuvering troops, funds, and surrogates in the midst of war, faltering economies, ethno-sectarian tension, jihad, and refugees.
1 Sep 2015

Europe’s Vulnerable Trains

Last September the Islamic State threatened the West, but the EU still needs to improve security for trains and stations, where security is far more lax and the public more vulnerable.
19 Sep 2016

Diplomacy's Aversion to Power: Consequences of Retreat

Retrenchment and disengagement have not yielded peace, stability, or global order—rather, growing instability, expanding terror’s reach, surging floods of refugees, and intensifying civil war.
30 Jun 2016

Unholy Alliance: Kleptocratic Authoritarians and their Western Enablers

The kleptocratic authoritarians who steal from their citizens, thwart freedom, and endanger world order mustn't be welcomed by Western banks.
19 Apr 2016

Putin Consolidates Domestic Power


In a little noticed move, Vladimir Putin has established an entirely new security structure that further consolidates his personal grip on domestic control.
19 Sep 2016

Balancing Act: The China-India-U.S. Triangle

The colliding and intersecting security and economic interests of Asia’s powers makes for a delicate dance of cooperation, coalition, and competition between China, India, and the United States.
26 Feb 2014

Enter Asia: The Arctic Heats Up

New members on the Arctic Council like China, India, and other Asian countries underscore the rush to secure energy and mineral resources and shorter trade routes.
2 Jul 2015

Continental Drift: Europe at a Crossroads

The future of the EU depends on its leaders adapting to harsh realities—such as the fact that the bigger and more integrated the union gets, the less appealing it seems to be to its citizens.
14 Jul 2016

Iran and Oman: Burgeoning Allies

Oman—often called the Switzerland of the Gulf—is strengthening ties with Iran in a way that will likely strain the Gulf region's alignments and politics.
10 May 2016

EU Sanctions on Russia Still Needed

Russia’s economic woes are the result of structural defects and over-reliance on oil, not Western sanctions. However the EU will lose substantial credibility if it lifts sanctions now.
19 Sep 2016

Presidential Leadership: Uniting Behind Exceptionalism

With population diversity and political partisanship at an all-time high, and with more war still ahead, the next president can reclaim American exceptionalism as a unifying force for good.
17 Oct 2016

The Power to Vilify on Social Media Trumps Reverence

The outpouring of grief for Thailand’s King Rama IX makes one wonder if reverence and respect for national leaders will fall victim to the tendency to vilify and stigmatize public figures on social media.
2 Jul 2015

From the Archive: Drunken Nation

Assessing Russia in 2009, Nicholas Eberstadt saw a land of demographic despair, personal defeat, and systemic failure. His essay is still a bracer for those who think Putinism will prevail.
1 Apr 2016

Ukraine's Needed Media Offensive

The Kremlin's efforts to undermine and subordinate Ukraine should be countered, in part, by viable English-language reporting from Ukraine and the West should support it.
2 Jul 2015

Is It Good for the Jews?: Anti-Semitism and the New Europe

The problem is real enough, but the causes are harder to discover. At the very least, it’s time for Europeans to reassert their own secular liberal values in a positive, inclusive way.
12 Feb 2016

Four Reasons Why the Syria Cease-fire Won't Work

The so-called Syria cease-fire agreement is a poorly disguised diplomatic ruse by the Kremlin to break down Western unity and resolve as it accomplishes its brutal ends in Syria and Ukraine.
29 Sep 2014

ISIS Jihadists Returning to Europe

The Islamic State didn’t initially target the West, but that has changed—and hundreds of jihadists will soon be returning home with their European passports.
18 Jan 2016

Slovakia’s Illiberal Future?

Though there are few immigrants in Slovakia, Prime Minister Robert Fico is manipulating the issue to distance himself, his party, and country from Europe's mainstream and western values.
18 May 2016

Is Sweden Warming Up to NATO?

Vladimir Putin’s aggressive behavior in the region is making the Swedish people rethink their traditional policy of nonalignment. Though change seems unlikely under Sweden’s current government, public opinion is starting to favor NATO membership.
14 Jun 2016

In China, Xi's Legitimacy in the Balance

The contradictions between claims made by China's leaders and the country's realities have exposed the regime's vulnerabilities that activists must spotlight to further the push for freedom.
27 Aug 2014

Strange Bedfellows: Putin and Europe’s Far Right

If Europe’s far-right, pro-Russia parties gain in upcoming national elections, the EU may divide further and find it very difficult to deter Russian aggression in Ukraine and elsewhere.
2 Jul 2015

Editor’s Introduction

that “Europe needs to rediscover its own secular liberal values and assert them ...

21 Mar 2016

Is Democracy in Retreat?

After the fall of communism in Europe, democracy appeared unstoppable. Today, NED president Carl Gershman says that we are learning that democracy is neither inevitable nor irreversible.
2 May 2016

Islam and Democracy After the Arab Spring

The Arab Winter convinced many that the Middle East is destined to be a hopelessly repressive region. But peel away the layers and it's clear there's both hope and opportunity.
15 Nov 2012

Europe's Baby Boxes & China's Coerced Abortions

An annual rate of seven million abortions—most of which are likely forced by the state—is just one of the horrors of China's ghastly one-child policy. Europe has a different problem.
30 Oct 2012

Europe's Foolish Austerity

Despite the negative ripple effects austerity measures have on economies, the European Union is still relying on such policies as it enters its third year of debt crisis.
29 Aug 2016

Nepal a Surprising Focal Point for the Global Movement for Democracy

Though the international community pays little attention to Nepal, it’s worth noting how the resilience of the country’s democracy movement is a beacon of hope and its activists are an example to others.
28 May 2015

Vladimir Kara-Murza Unconscious, on Life Support in Moscow Hospital, Possibly Poisoned

Vladimir Kara-Murza, a leading opposition figure in Russia and blogger for World Affairs, remains in critical condition, on life support.

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