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10 Aug 2017

Only a Comprehensive Approach Will Solve Europe’s Migration Crisis

The European Union must cooperate on border strategies, but also strategies to reduce the deprivation, corruption, and fear that’s driving the migrants to Europe.
1 Mar 2018

In an Era of Geopolitical Uncertainty, Lithuania Inspires

While threatened by a hostile Russia, Lithuania is clear-headed, engaged, and determined. Its leadership understands what it’s up against, and it has the will to defend itself.
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.
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.
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?
13 Sep 2017

Migration Summit Yields Some Optimism, But Success Depends on Libya

Europe’s Big Four recently met with leaders from Libya, Chad, and Niger to discuss migration. Their efforts may improve the crisis, but all long-term success will depend on Libya.
25 Sep 2015

Undeterred and Defiant, Vladimir Kara-Murza Returns

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

1 Mar 2018

Abbas: In Search of a New Strategy

As the US reasserts its role in the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, charting a different course than past administrations, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas is in search of new strategy.
5 Dec 2017

A Proxy for the Kremlin: The Russian Orthodox Church

The Russian Orthodox Church has become a valuable soft power tool in the Kremlin’s strategy to exploit divisions and dismantle European and transatlantic ties.
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.
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.
22 Aug 2017

Why Women Must Be Enlisted in the Fight Against ISIS

There are crucial roles for the women of Iraq, Syria, and Yemen to play in resisting ISIS, yet women’s perspectives are remarkably absent from peace and security strategies.
7 Jun 2017

Airbrushing Stalin and Mao’s Horrific Crimes

Russia’s Putin and China’s Xi have led efforts to not merely whitewash two of the world's most notorious mass murders, but indeed to vindicate and resurrect them as national heroes.
20 Jun 2017

Turkey, Home to 2.9 Million Syrian Refugees

UN Ambassador Niki Haley has advocated a new approach to aid millions of refugees worldwide, but particularly Syrian refugees in Turkey.
19 Sep 2016

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.
16 Oct 2017

A Corruption Sting Gone Public Sparks Outrage, Debate in Kiev

An independent court in Ukraine would break down the culture of corruption that has limited citizens’ opportunity, choked national development, and rewarded the country’s elites and thugs alike.
4 Jan 2018

Iranians Try Yet Again to Change Their Government

Protests in Iran mirror past uprisings in their demands for economic reform and increased personal freedom, but this time the protests are more decentralized. Will they succeed?
2 Feb 2017

Vladimir Kara-Murza, Opposition Leader, on Life Support in Moscow Hospital

For the second time in less than two years, Russian dissident Vladimir Kara-Murza was suddenly stricken ill and hospitalized in Moscow this morning. There is reason to suspect the Kremlin.
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.
26 Jan 2017

How to Keep Russia Sanctions Trump-Proof

US sanctions to punish the Kremlin for invading Crimea and eastern Ukraine should be codified by Congress to ensure they stick.
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 Jun 2017

Anti-Corruption Efforts Showing Results in Ukraine

Although Ukrainian officials continue to resist anti-corruption efforts, international and domestic pressure are leveraging important progress.
5 Apr 2017

Standing Up to Terrorism Means Standing Up for Democracy

Foreign aid is often mistaken for charity but by working to expand the borders of freedom abroad, the United States is safer and more prosperous.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
28 Apr 2017

In a Deluge of New Media, Autocrats Swim and Democracies Sink

The world’s autocrats and dictators have mastered the internet, the airwaves, and new media to control information and suppress opposition at home, and to spread disinformation and propaganda abroad.
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.
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

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.
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.
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.
6 Jun 2017

Reagan’s Westminster Address and Democracy 35 Years Later

Ronald Reagan correctly foreshadowed the forward "march of freedom and democracy" 35 years ago. Given the retrenchment of authoritarianism in Russia and elsewhere, would he be optimistic today?
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.
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.
13 Feb 2017

Perilous: European Crisis Looms in the Balkans

Weak institutions, corruption, ethnic divisions, radicalization, and historic grievances are reaching combustible levels in the Balkans. The Kremlin fuels it, as the West tries to wish it away.
5 Jan 2017

Ukraine’s Reforms To Reap Economic Reward in 2017

Three years after Ukraine’s revolution and after significant reform, the country’s economy has stabilized and is ready for growth. Dangers lie ahead, but opportunities are apparent.
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.
1 Jan 2011

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

disappeared from that region. How could something that had been central to so ...

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.
15 Mar 2017

Answering the Kremlin’s Challenge

After coddling Putin during his political rise marked by repression at home and invasion abroad, the West must shun, isolate, and sanction the Kremlin's kleptocrats.
2 Jul 2015

Editor’s Introduction

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

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.
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.
6 Mar 2017

The Twists and Turns in Artmenko's Ukraine 'Peace Plan'

MP Artemenko maintains that the “peace plan” he delivered to Trump's lawyer which ended up on General Flynn’s desk, was approved by Ukraine's political elite, including President Poroshenko.
14 Dec 2016

The UK Adopts Modern Definition of Anti-Semitism

British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced an updated definition of anti-Semitism that addresses unfair hostility toward the state of Israel. Hopefully Jeremy Corbyn’s staff gets the memo.
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.