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25 Sep 2015

Undeterred and Defiant, Vladimir Kara-Murza Returns

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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.
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 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 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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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

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 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.
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.
8 Jul 2016

Staying in Afghanistan

Obama’s decision to slow down the withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan through 2017 should prevent gains by the Taliban and continue to strengthen the National Unity Government.
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.
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.
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.
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.
24 Feb 2016

Russia's Social Media vs. the Kremlin's Domestic Information War

Like their Soviet ancestors, the Kremlin has warped its citizens' worldview with a relentless information war. Can the propaganda be countered via Russia's social media platforms?
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.
31 May 2016

Western Paralysis and Retreat Threatens Democratic Progress

Democratic reversals of recent years have been somewhat offset by gains in Argentina, Burma, Nigeria, and Tunisia, but continued gains will require leadership from a dispirited West.
10 Feb 2016

The Ukraine Example: Nuclear Disarmament Doesn’t Pay

Washington’s failure to fulfill its explicit security assurances in exchange for Ukraine dismantling its nuclear arsenal has greatly undermined US credibility and global nonproliferation.
3 Mar 2016

The Continuing Battle for Human Rights in Russia

In spite of the murder, intimidation, and other assaults on freedom in Vladimir Putin’s Russia, there are many who bravely and actively work for a better future. They mustn’t be ignored or forgotten.
2 Jul 2015

Editor’s Introduction

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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.
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.
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.
29 Dec 2015

Democracy's Retreats and Tentative Advances in 2015

2015 saw important, yet fragile, democratic gains around the world. But, as the West is now preoccupied with domestic challenges, the future of democratic reform will be determined by those on the frontlines.
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.
10 Feb 2016

Moscow on the Tigris: Russia Joins the Terror Nexus

While an exhausted United States simply wishes international migraines like the Syrian civil war would just go away, Russia is energized by the prospect of filling the vacuum.
23 Nov 2015

Transatlantic Unity: Indispensable in the Defeat of Tyranny

“We must stand together in defense of the same principles that have united us … our right to live together in peace, in security, and in freedom, in open and tolerant societies.”
27 Dec 2011

The Next al-Qaeda? Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Future of Terrorism in South Asia

Lashkar-e-Taiba has morphed from a militia operating in Kashmir to a regional broker with designs on becoming the next global terror network.
5 Oct 2015

Shattered Hopes: A Farewell to European Arms Control?

Even before the Ukraine crisis, European arms control was in trouble. Now, with the tensions raised, existing treaties could easily fail, without any effort made to renew or replace them.
1 Jun 2009

Freedom Train: A Tour of 1989

Congressman David Dreier reflects on the twentieth anniversary of 1989, a tumultuous and decisive year.
1 Jan 2011

The Mystery of Europe and the Decline and Fall of the War System

by Rowman & Littlefield on July 18th. US Politics Military War Economy North America Europe and Central ... system” that made military strength so central to national power and influence and caused so much conflict for five hundred years has simply disappeared from that region. How could something that had been central ...

5 Oct 2015

‘Tragic’ Flaw: Russia and MH17

When applied to Russian aggression and obfuscation of international justice, the word “tragedy” lends an air of inevitability that seems to absolve wrongdoers of responsibility.
10 Feb 2016

Merah: The ‘Untold Story’ of a French Jihadist Icon

Like so many other French jihadists, Mohamed Merah, the killer who filmed his savage murder of three Jewish children and a teacher, started as a petty criminal with an “endless” rap sheet.
5 Jan 2015

Energy Remapped: Yesterday’s Winners, Tomorrow’s Losers?

The unprecedented and unpredicted shifts taking place in the world’s energy market will have geopolitical consequences unimaginable a decade ago.
21 Dec 2015

Darkness at Noon: FDR and the Holocaust

What did the era’s most prominent symbol of humanitarianism think when confronted with the world’s most compelling moral outrage? History records only a question mark.
10 Feb 2016

The New Fight: Cuba and the Movement for Democracy

The Castro regime has lost whatever raison d’être it may once have had, is deeply corrupt, and now appears ideologically bankrupt to both the people of Cuba and the rest of the world. What’s next?
2 Feb 2016

Crouching Tiger: China Acts, America Dithers

From its island landgrabs and “closed sea” doctrine to its asymmetric strategy and calculated naval buildup, China is moving ahead with plans to neutralize US sea power in Asian waters.

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