Misunderstandings have led to skewed perceptions regarding the EU’s Fiscal Compact. A deeper knowledge of how it works shows that it is not the straightjacket many contend.
Full throttle Putin
Putin’s annexation of Crimea is not the end of Ukraine’s crisis. And it’s not even the beginning of the end of the geopolitical mess it provoked. As surely as it buries the post-Cold War order, it heralds the beginning of a new Russian assertiveness. With two main objectives: to be considered an equal partner by the EU and to stop the West’s assimilation of ex-Soviet states.
What may seem like a bold and brilliant tactical move on Putin’s part, will likely come back to haunt him. In an interdependent world, isolation is tantamount to self-abnegation.
After the exaltation of bringing down a corrupt government, Ukraine’s new leaders face existential threats on all fronts: military, economic, and social. To make things even harder, their country’s fate may be determined by outside powers.
The idea that in a post-Cold War world, political forces will arrange themselves along lines more closely associated with culture and identity is now being put to the test in Ukraine’s crisis.
As the EU and US scramble to punish Russia for annexing Crimea, they are realizing that there is no easy painless way to make their point. If they want to stand by their convictions, they must be willing to accept the sacrifices.
It is easy to “like” the Maidan Revolution in Ukraine. But such a preference cannot substitute a coherent American foreign policy based on clear objectives and, most importantly, an understanding of others’ fears and goals.
The twisting roads of Arab transition
Egypt and Tunisia were the first to infect the rest of the Arab world with their contagious rebellions. While Tunisia seems to be moving toward a true transition, Egypt had returned firmly to military rule.
The post-Gaddafi situation in Libya has been precarious and dramatic. It is imperative that the international community get together with the various actors inside the country to hammer out an all-inclusive agreement.
The West keeps winning wars and losing peace. This no doubt stems from a severe lack of strategy as it ad libs the numerous brushfires flaring up around the world.
The transition process in Yemeni politics seemed to be proceeding positively, with attention being paid to national reconciliation. But recently, tribal and religious differences have exploded into violence jeopardizing the progress made.
Barack Obama started his presidency with very noble foreign policy aspirations that are proving increasingly naïve by the day. The result is a drop in approval at home.
The 2016 presidential race is gearing up. Already the political action committees known as Super PACs are raising the astronomical sums of money needed to get their pick into the White House.
Clean breaks with the past have often allowed Istanbul to adapt to changing times. The current government has tried to break with the Republic’s secular legacy. Though still popular, the Erdogan government continues to face resistance.
A decade after the genocide in Rwanda, the African continent has continued to roil with ethnic and communal tensions. A recap of the tragic events serves to highlight many of the mistakes made and traps to avoid in the future.
After the brief reign of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, a backlash has brought together a host of forces united by their antagonism to the political movement viewed as crypto-jihadist.
The US government’s 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review explores the implications of climate change on defense strategy. Can it also extrapolate the security benefits of reducing carbon emissions?