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Getting Un-stuck From Red Dawn

Getting Un-stuck From Red Dawn


Time to stop the shadows of the Cold War from writing the Russian-American relations script
 ”The Russians need to take us in one piece, and that’s why they’re here. That’s why they won’t use nukes anymore; and we won’t either, not on our own soil. The whole damn thing’s …

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A Method, Yet a Madness: Understanding Russian Democracy

A Method, Yet a Madness: Understanding Russian Democracy

By Anna Pivovarchuk
As Western media focuses on the Crimean crisis, Russia intensifies its assault on civil society.
When Nikolai Gogol wrote about the winged troika in his 19th century masterpiece on provincial corruption, The Dead Souls, little did he know that he was creating a perennial image that …

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Crimea: The Alsace-Lorraine of the Black Sea

Crimea: The Alsace-Lorraine of the Black Sea

 
This past weekend, Russian marines in unmarked uniforms (or possibly, but less likely, private contractors paid by Russia) seized the airports of Crimea, allowing Russian planes to fly troops into that autonomous region of Ukraine while large-scale Russian military maneuvers to the north distracted …

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Breaking Down Ukraine’s Breakdown

Breaking Down Ukraine’s Breakdown

In the past several months, the world has been gripped by the graphic political drama unfolding in Ukraine, but events have often unfolded so fast that it has been difficult to put them in context. And although the violence has stopped, the future of Ukraine is more uncertain than ever …

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2013 Year in Review: The State of European Affairs

2013 Year in Review: The State of European Affairs


At the end of each year I tried to reflect on the most important events that took place in Europe (see my comments for 2011 and 2012). Aside from the political look down in DC, tensions in South-East Asia, instabilities in the Middle East and …

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Leaders Wanted

Leaders Wanted

A Lack of Credible Opposition Candidates Has Stalled Democratic Progress Along the Black Sea
Since late November, ever since Ukraine’s President, Victor Yanukovych, refused to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union, protestors have congregated in downtown Kiev, defying what they see as a blatant attempt to maintain a post-Soviet …

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Talking Defense – Part 3 – A PR coup for the CSDP?

Talking Defense – Part 3 – A PR coup for the CSDP?


Days prior the Defense december summit (see Part 1 here and Part 2 here), the EU is finally trying to educate European citizens about the Common Security and Defense Policy. In a 10 minutes web documentary accessible on the EEAS website, here, …

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Setback in Kyiv

Setback in Kyiv

“…President [Yanukovych] has repeatedly said he is committed to putting Ukraine on a European course.  That course does not have to conflict with a robust trade relationship with Russia.  This is not a zero-sum game…”
U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey R. Pyatt, December 20, 2013
The statement above may be narrowly true, …

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Talking Defense – Part 2 – Reflection on a needed European Security Strategy

Talking Defense – Part 2 – Reflection on a needed European Security Strategy

Where do European interests lay? What are Europeans’ priorities? How can Europeans influence and shape their environments? In a recent speech, HR Ashton declared that the CSDP faces several challenges; one being that “there is no agreed long-term vision on the future of CSDP.” These questions are fundamental in …

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Politicized Political Journalism

Politicized Political Journalism

Over the years, political journalism in Russia has gradually morphed into a new definition – one that blurs the line between politicized and honest journalism.
Russian journalism blotched that line even more with Monday’s presidential decree to shut down the state-funded news agency, RIA Novosti, and merged it with …

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Britain’s Bold and Blistered Year on Human Rights

Britain’s Bold and Blistered Year on Human Rights

Slender forms in decadently jeweled red and gold glide across the stage. Delicate white flower petals cling to dark hair and long limbs grab the air in soft waves.  This traditional dance marked a stunning welcome to the mid-November commencement of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOG) in Colombo, Sri Lanka.  The  ceremony provided a much …

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Talking Defense – Part 1: The Road to December European Council summit

Talking Defense – Part 1: The Road to December European Council summit


On December 19 and 20, 2013, the European Council will be discussing the Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP), simply known as European defense. In order to cover such event a multi-part analysis will be adopted comporting several dimensions: context; the meeting; reflections on the aftermath of the …

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Ukraine: Time for Bold Magnanimity from EU

Ukraine: Time for Bold Magnanimity from EU

 
The European Union should provide Ukraine with the trade benefits it would have realized had Russian pressure not prompted the government of President Viktor Yanukovych to announce on November 21 that it would not sign a long-anticipated Association Agreement with the EU.
That announcement set off not only pro-EU protests in …

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Acting Havel

Acting Havel


I recently appeared in a production of Protest. one of the better-known one-act plays written by former Czech President Vaclav Havel. It’s is an hour-long dialogue between two characters. Stanek, an outwardly prosperous writer, is a toer of the communist party line; Vanek, a fellow writer, …

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European Responses to Haiyan disaster

European Responses to Haiyan disaster

The Philippines were hurt by one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded. Typhoon Haiyan hit a highly populated area of the Philippines on November 7th and 8th. Apparently an estimated 10 millions people were affected by the Typhoon, and almost 3 million people have lost their livelihood. The death toll …

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Finn Maigaard
Finn Maigaard

Finn Maigaard holds an MA in history from the University of Copenhagen. As an MA student Finn focused on diplomatic history culminating in a thesis on US-Danish security cooperation in the Cold War. Finn also interned at the Hudson Institute's Political-Military Center, where he concentrated on the EU's role as a security institution, and at the World Affairs Institute as a Communications/Editorial Research Assistant. Finn currently resides in Washington, DC and works as a freelance writer, and as Program Coordinator at the University of Maryland's National Foreign Language Center.

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