September 21, 2017

Putin’s Peacekeepers: Beware of Russians Bearing Gifts

OSCE SMM monitoring the movement of heavy weaponry in eastern Ukraine. (Photo by OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, CC license)

The West should engage with Russia's peacekeeping proposal - but skeptically and with clear conditions. Read More »

Is Spain About to Break Up?

A Catalan flag flying out of an apartment balcony in Catalan region in Spain. (Photo by Jonathan Jones, CC license)

Spain's Catalonia region votes for independence this fall. For some, it's a referendum on austerity policies that have crippled economies all over Europe. Read More »

Reparations And the Crisis of Poland’s Foreign Policy

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The return of the reparations debacle reveals how Poland’s international relations have been infected by PiS’ primitive approach to morality, history and sovereignty. Read More »

South Africa: Water is Scarce, But Solutions Can Be Found

(Photo by Deven Dadbhawala, CC license)

South Africa can look to the arid Israeli model for its water solutions. Read More »

China Joins the Crowd in Djibouti

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The multinational military activities concentrated within the relatively limited geographical confines of Djibouti could provide an environment for new forms of maritime and military cooperation. But it’s more likely that Djibouti will become a hot-bed of intrigue, espionage and counter-espionage as the separate military forces closely watch each other’s activities. Read More »

Russia in Libya: War or Peace?

Unexploded ordnance, tanks and weapons that were used during fighting between feuding militias in Misrata, the third largest city of Libya. (Photo by Joepyrek, CC license)

Europe must use its diplomatic leverage to ensure that increased Russian involvement does not come at the cost of further destabilization on Europe’s southern border. Read More »

Europe: Lessons for the Left

A graffiti of British Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. (Photo by duncan c, CC license)

The parties of the European Left have still to establish clear positions on the nativist vs internationalist debate that defines contemporary politics. Read More »

Is the Future of Electoral Democracy Assured in Africa?

16% of Africa's land is arable, the largest share in the world. (Photo via Mo Ibrahim Foundation, CC license)

A closer look at Africa’s elected governments suggests that they are not different from autocratic regimes. The elected ruling elites rely on an intricate web of personal, family, clientelism and ethnic ties, and on the military and intelligence services to control state resources and oppress society. Read More »

As US Influence Wanes, Is Germany Ready to Step In?

The historic Reichstag building in Berlin which houses German Parliament. (Photo by Simon Varwell, CC License)

Can Germany expand its international influence in the wake of a partial withdrawal of the U.S. from the international stage depends on its ability to play a regionally integrating role, either at the European Union or in other multilateral fora. Read More »

Macron Beats Le Pen, But Can He Lead France?

France's President-elect Emmanuel Macron. (OFFICIAL LEWEB PHOTOS, CC license)

Being president of France won't be easy for Emmanuel Macron. Without the support of an established political party, his legislative agenda may go nowhere fast. Read More »