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Searching for—and Broadcasting—a New Gospel

Searching for—and Broadcasting—a New Gospel

A recent book examines the struggle in today’s Russia for what and whom to believe in.

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If Europe is from Venus, then Russia is from Mars

If Europe is from Venus, then Russia is from Mars

European policy that is being made in regards to the Russian aggression toward Ukraine is based on the same premise: There is no military solution to the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

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The Overlooked Roots of the Greek Crisis

The Overlooked Roots of the Greek Crisis

There seems to be a widespread belief that Greece is in the trouble it is in today because it will not implement the policies that Europe has demanded of it.

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Defending Europe

Defending Europe

While there are strong arguments in the EU’s defense, the EU remains unready – and according to some poll data, unwilling – to defend itself.

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Greece: Time for Syriza to lay its cards on the table

Greece: Time for Syriza to lay its cards on the table

Much to the expectation of eurozone pundits, Riga’s April 24 gathering of euro finance ministers made little progress in terms of reaching an agreement for Greece’s comprehensive list of reforms.

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Why RT ❤’s Ferguson

Why RT ❤’s Ferguson

For Russian state media, chaos and tensions in the U.S. are a propaganda goldmine.

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Germany and U.S. Intelligence: Spies, Culture, and Politics

Germany and U.S. Intelligence: Spies, Culture, and Politics

Recent revelations about espionage could have a lasting impact on U.S.-German relations. If they do, the mechanism will probably be through Germany’s domestic politics. Despite being close allies, neither country seems to understand the other side’s perspective on the issue.

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Does the Greek Golden Dawn party threaten European unity?

Does the Greek Golden Dawn party threaten European unity?

“Who cares if six million Jews were exterminated? What I care about is the salary I have lost [and] the criminals who rule this country,” casually retorts a businessman sitting in a cafe in central Athens. Statements such as these clearly illustrate the …

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Reassurance First: Goals for an Ambitious Weimar Triangle

Reassurance First: Goals for an Ambitious Weimar Triangle

The current crisis in Ukraine is a game changer for Europe. While it has reignited a necessary public debate about collective measures to ensure Europe’s security, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) immediate neighborhood has witnessed a considerable worsening of security conditions for some time.

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Donbass Dilemmas

Donbass Dilemmas

People have been praising the strategy of Russian president Vladimir Putin toward eastern Ukraine and the successes that it has brought him there. Yet the more I think about it, the more I wonder how much strategy there is behind his actions and whether Putin is beginning to have second …

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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 pretty …

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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 …

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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

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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 North Africa, among …

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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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