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The Wave (2008)

The Wave (2008)

Could Nazi Germany happen again? Could an autocracy take hold in a democratic country?
These are the questions posed by a teacher in modern Germany, a teacher who is forced to teach about autocracy to high school students for one week. When he asks those questions, many of his students say they believe …

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Anti-corruption drive, political purge, or popularity ploy?

Anti-corruption drive, political purge, or popularity ploy?


Heads are rolling in Moscow.
Over the past two months, two Russian ministers and the chief of the army have lost their jobs.
The October resignation of regional development minister Oleg Govorun was but a prelude to the recent high profile ousting of the reformist defense minister …

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In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011)

In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011)

This film is not only powerful but also excellent in every way.
It centers on a Muslim woman, Ajla, and a Serb soldier, Danijel, during the Bosnian war in the early 1990s.
Ethnic tensions, long suppressed by Tito, come to a head as Yugoslavia disintegrates.
The brutal ethnic cleansing of Muslims by Serbs …

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The EU’s Human Rights and Democracy Promotion Strategy Introduced: first signs of strengths and weaknesses

The EU’s Human Rights and Democracy Promotion Strategy Introduced: first signs of strengths and weaknesses

Two and a half years after the Treaty of Lisbon, the EU showed up with a new human rights face for its external relations. The often repeated words of Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, stating that human rights have to be …

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Rethinking U.S. Views of the EU

Rethinking U.S. Views of the EU

 

Former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski has written a new book, “Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power.” In it, Brzezinski examines the challenges most likely to threaten the ability of the U.S. to continue as the leading force in maintaining global …

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Congratulations from Europe(s)

Congratulations from Europe(s)

If there is one element that Europeans can agree on is the satisfaction of President Obama’s reelection. The European Union is currently facing visceral crises such: Cameron’s attacks on the EU budget, the uncertain future of France’s economic recovery, the movements of …

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Seeing small in the age of European federalism

Seeing small in the age of European federalism

Europe has been these last couple years at the forefront of world media. First, the Eurocrisis and its domestic impacts have been over studied and analyzed. Second, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize to …

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Bird Injury: Putin Officially a Lame Duck

Bird Injury: Putin Officially a Lame Duck


Looks like Putin’s infamous crane flight has claimed another victim.
Two months after his unauthorised sequel to Fly Away Home, which reportedly resulted in several of the endangered birds getting killed and maimed, the …

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No Talk of the EU During the Presidential Debates

No Talk of the EU During the Presidential Debates


New America Foundation President Steve Coll wrote in The New Yorker mid-week about the foreign policy topics overlooked by President Obama and Governor Romney during …

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The National Opinion Ballot Report Through A U.S.-EU Lens

The National Opinion Ballot Report Through A U.S.-EU Lens


The state of the U.S.-EU relationship is not on the list of topics considered in the recent National Opinion Ballot Report, but the responses in it still matter to Europe analysts. Poll answers on the issues of energy politics and the promotion …

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How ‘common’ is the EU foreign policy?

How ‘common’ is the EU foreign policy?

On the eve of the third and final presidential debate dedicated to the U.S. foreign policy between President Obama and Governor Romney, it is appropriate time to get back to the common foreign policy of the EU and explore where it stands today.
The Treaty of Lisbon introduces two important elements …

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United Russia – Back from the Dead?

United Russia – Back from the Dead?

“The more choice of different candidates there was, the better United Russia did. We’re not afraid of democracy; we need democracy”. With these words, prime minister Medvedev greeted the happy news that despite greater choice and wider opposition involvement compared to December’s parliamentary …

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A Nobel Peace Prize for Europe

A Nobel Peace Prize for Europe

 
 
It all started with the aftermath of World War II and in the emotional and material rumbles of Europe. The visionary great men of Europe — Jean Monnet, Robert Schuman and Konrad Adenauer — understood that peace in Europe would only be possible through deep economic integration, strengthening an irreversible …

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The Future of the EU: either Oregon or Federation

The Future of the EU: either Oregon or Federation

After watching the highly praised independent documentary winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, How to die in Oregon, I could not resist to connect the dots with the EU. This powerful, and in some levels …

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Is Putin the President Russians Deserve?

Is Putin the President Russians Deserve?

A recent article in one of Russia’s liberal newspapers described the tragedy of Putinism as the President’s fear for the worst when it comes to change, and an expectation of the worst when it comes to people.
I thought about this for a while and had to agree. But then I …

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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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