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Islam in Belgrade, Serbia in the EU?

Islam in Belgrade, Serbia in the EU?

This is the second in a series of “Serbia: Snapshots” – considerations of different aspects of Serbian society as it approaches the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Accords, which ended the wars in Bosnia.

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Morning in Belgrade

Morning in Belgrade

This is the first in a series of “Serbia: Snapshots” – considerations of different aspects of Serbian society as it approaches the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Accords, which ended the wars in Bosnia.

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Russia’s Virtual Shield Technology in Iran and China

Russia’s Virtual Shield Technology in Iran and China

Russia recently announced that an anti-aircraft missile system that was exclusively used by Russian forces will soon be exported for the first time outside of Russia, specifically to China.

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Putin’s Incredible Victory

Putin’s Incredible Victory

Who’s the only world leader able to stand among the ranks of Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Taylor Swift?

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Tsipras and Putin Make Amends

Tsipras and Putin Make Amends

Like his predecessors, Tsipras understands that Greece’s economic crisis isn’t a burden it bears alone — it’s one that should fall on the shoulders of the whole of Europe.

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The Parade that Continues to Make Defense Policy

The Parade that Continues to Make Defense Policy

Still, there is hope that the May Day Parade will just remain as it has been since 1989 — simply a parade celebrating the end of a war, as opposed to a catalyst for further conflict.

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Let Them Eat Crimean Butter

Let Them Eat Crimean Butter

“Liberty cabbage.” “Freedom fries.” And in Russia, there is now “Crimean Butter,” a new cheese brand introduced to consumers after the annexation of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation last spring.

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Standoff amongst Russia’s power elite in wake of opposition leader’s murder

Standoff amongst Russia’s power elite in wake of opposition leader’s murder

The murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov acted as a sobering reminder of Vladimir Putin’s ironclad grip on power.

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One Year On, the Fascist Myth Still Binds Crimea

One Year On, the Fascist Myth Still Binds Crimea

After twelve months, which have brought little change on the ground, a simple disarming slogan continues to function as the justification for Russia’s internationally condemned annexation: “at least they’re not shooting here.”

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Boris Nemtsov: More than a Putin foe

Boris Nemtsov: More than a Putin foe

Nemtsov’s rich and varied legacy must be remembered and commemorated in disassociation of Vladimir Putin – for what he believed in, not just what he opposed.

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Podcast: Dr. Rajan Menon on the Conflict in Ukraine

Podcast: Dr. Rajan Menon on the Conflict in Ukraine

This week, Sarwar Kashmeri of the Foreign Policy Association spoke to Dr. Rajan Menon, a Anne and Bernard Spitzer Professor of Political Science at the Powell School, City College of New York/City University of New York.

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Cyprus goes cap in hand to Moscow

Cyprus goes cap in hand to Moscow

As Russian-backed separatists sneer at the Minsk II cease fire, extolling their newly conquered strategic pile of rubble, the town of Debaltseve, the Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades flew to Moscow in a tizzy for a two-day official visit.

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Poland and CSDP: From Wales to Warsaw with a strategic stopover in Brussels

Poland and CSDP: From Wales to Warsaw with a strategic stopover in Brussels

In terms of security policy, 2014 was unique for Europe. In this context, a new priority setting in security policy was a necessity.

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Only Bad Options in Eastern Ukraine

Only Bad Options in Eastern Ukraine

The recent meeting of German, French, Russian and Ukrainian leaders to begin a cease-fire in Eastern Ukraine has already been broken.

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Call to arm Ukraine misreads Russia’s response

Call to arm Ukraine misreads Russia’s response

As the latest round of peace talks aimed at putting an end to the crisis in Ukraine continues in Minsk, debate is growing in Washington about the virtues of providing Kiev with military equipment for its ongoing offensive against the pro-Russian rebels who control the country’s easternmost regions.

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