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Vitali Klitschko, leader of the political party Ukrainian Democr

Vitali Klitschko, leader of the Ukranian Democratic Alliances for Reform party, marches in the early peaceful protests in Kiev last November. (By Mstyslav Chernov)

Family Affair: The Klitschko Brothers’ Most Important Fight
Der Spiegel
By Marc Hujer

After his efforts both supporting the recent protests in Kiev and attempting to keep them peaceful, Vitali’s efforts as a politician may overshadow even his illustrious boxing career. Marc Hujer profiles Vitali and his equally successful brother Vladimir and reflects on Vitali’s potential as a serious candidate for Ukraine’s leadership.

Monnet’s Brandy & Europe’s Fate
Brookings Essay
By Strobe Talbott

One hundred years ago a 25 year old cognac salesman left his family business and embarked on a career that would shape the very notion of Europe. Strobe Talbott explores Jean Monnet’s enduring influence on shaping and binding together the European Union.

Sisi’s Turn
London Review of Books
By Hazem Kandil

Egypt today is by most accounts a more repressive state than under the Mubarak regime and its new leader, Field Marshal Sisi, carries himself like a national liberator in the style of Nasser. Kandil attempts to explain why Egypt has made so little progress and what its current limitations as a police state are.

The Disappeared
Foreign Policy
By James Traub

In Syria, the extremist groups carrying out kidnappings of war correspondents are more numerous and more irrational than ever before. Traub reports on how news organizations are withdrawing from the most dangerous areas or paying exorbitant fees to pay for security services that are still often unreliable.

Acid Trap
Aeon Magazine
By Peter Brannen

Climate change threatens to alter not only the temperature of the ocean, but also its acidity level. The result, Brannen explains, may affect the very base of the marine food chain, with potentially catastrophic effects for the global ecosystem.


Bahrain: Three Years On by Gary Sands
Climate Change: Fragile States Spillage by Oliver Barrett
Walling off the internet: how should the U.S. respond? by George Paik
High Time to End the American Hustle of Afghanistan by Sarwar Kashmeri
Rouhani’s Iran: Striking the Balance Between Continuity and Change by Ghoncheh Tazmini