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No end in sight for conflict in Eastern Ukraine

No end in sight for conflict in Eastern Ukraine

The last year has seen a period of deadlock in Eastern Ukraine. As the armed conflict continues into 2018 amid fruitless attempts to reach a stable ceasefire, should we expect a flare-up in the Donbass region? Permanent ceasefire remains beyond reach The progress on Minsk II – the key agreement that ...

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Emerging technologies: when terrorists print their own weapons

Emerging technologies: when terrorists print their own weapons

In this continuation of GRI’s series on the emerging technologies of war, Mauro Lubrano explains how additive manufacturing – or 3D printing – has the potential to impact the modus operandi of terrorist organizations, especially with regards to the ease of obtaining arms. Additive manufacturing – the technology Additive manufacturing refers to ...

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2018: A year of challenges for President Macron

2018: A year of challenges for President Macron

Thousands demonstrated against President Emmanuel Macron’s labour law reforms in September. With the President’s popularity in decline, the French government will face a new set of challenges in the first months of 2018. In late September, the freshly elected government led by Emmanuel Macron faced its first street protests when ...

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The Other Palestine

The Other Palestine

On my recent trip, I saw a different Palestine. This one has international software firms, promising young musicians, optimistic university students, and great ice cream. But it’s still occupied.  With the mysterious travels of Lebanon’s prime minister, new risks of conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia or Israel, and internal struggles ...

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The Prodigal Son Returns

I’ve missed you even if you did not know that you missed me. From 2007 to 2014 I was at various times the: Blogger/Senior Blogger/Senior Editor for African Affairs here at FPA. Well, I’m back! I’ll mostly be focusing on South Africa, because politics and society in South Africa in the next ...

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Ukraine and Turkey: when politicization starts at school

Ukraine and Turkey: when politicization starts at school

This fall, two of the EU’s biggest neighbors decided to celebrate the new school year with a slew of retrograde education policies. Ukraine sparked off a minor diplomatic crisis on Europe’s eastern frontier after Kiev unveiled politically charged plans to prevent minority-language students from learning in their native tongues. ...

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Why a ‘No’ Win at Referendum is the Best Option for Erdogan

Why a ‘No’ Win at Referendum is the Best Option for Erdogan

Few analysts have looked at the effects on Erdogan’s future – and that of the Turkish state – if the final votes tip the polls towards the ‘No’ option.

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Gambia Seeks to Clean Up the Past, Look to Future

Gambia Seeks to Clean Up the Past, Look to Future

After emerging from a harsh dictatorship, now comes the gargantuan task of reconciling Gambia's past horrors, and laying the groundwork for future prosperity.

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BURDEN OF PEACE: A Candid Discussion with Filmmaker Joey Boink

BURDEN OF PEACE: A Candid Discussion with Filmmaker Joey Boink

Paul Nash of the Foreign Policy Association spoke with director Joey Boink about "Burden of Peace," the challenges of he faced while filming in one of the world's more dangerous countries, and human rights in Guatemala.

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GailForce: Cypberspace Symposium Part II

GailForce:  Cypberspace Symposium Part II

Last week was pretty interesting for cyber policy issues.

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Next Week’s Headlines

Next Week’s Headlines

While news about the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the Greek debt floods the airwaves, other hotspots simmer just out of view.

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GailForce: Cyberspace Symposium Part I

GailForce:  Cyberspace Symposium Part I

The theme of this year’s event was: Protecting Cyberspace: Policy, Partnerships, and Practical Solutions. The event was well organized, informative and thought provoking.

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The Eroding Authority of Government?

The Eroding Authority of Government?

How does the "the eroding authority of government" impact American foreign policy making?

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The Weight of History on the Arrested Development of Kazakhstan’s Nuclear Potential

The Weight of History on the Arrested Development of Kazakhstan’s Nuclear Potential

Kazakhstan’s tragic history of nuclear catastrophe still bears heavily on the national consciousness in the midst of new talks with Toshiba.

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Nigerian Security in the Era of Cheap Oil, #Hashtags and Terror

Nigerian Security in the Era of Cheap Oil, #Hashtags and Terror

If the crisis worsens, Nigerian army capabilities will surely fall short without outside help.

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