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The Elected Monarchs No One Wanted

The Elected Monarchs No One Wanted

  The Economist recently published an article on the overarching power of the European Council, a government body of the European Union that was designed to facilitate the discussion and application of policies throughout the EU. The problem that has always persisted in the European Union is how you can get consensus between so many […]

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World Leadership Forum

World Leadership Forum

  Please join the Foreign Policy Association in welcoming Mr. Carl Gershman, who was President of the National Endowment for Democracy from its foundation in 1984 until 2021. Mr. Gershman will be delivering the annual John B. Hurford Memorial Lecture titled, “Reflections on NED’s Past and Democracy’s Future”.  If you are interested, please register for […]

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Why are we so afraid of the Big Red Wolf?

Why are we so afraid of the Big Red Wolf?

Before getting into any of this, I feel that it is important to say that my intention here is to calm tensions between the United States and China, not to heighten them. I believe that the probability of direct military conflict between the United States and China over the next few decades is relatively slim […]

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Recommendations from Dr. Zhivago

Recommendations from Dr. Zhivago

One of the most famous censored pieces of literature in the post Second World War era is Dr. Zhivago, a work by author Boris Pasternak about the life of a family during the Russian Revolution in the early part of the 1900s. Smuggled out of the USSR and taken to Italy for publishing, the story […]

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The Plagues of Debt and Deficits

The Plagues of Debt and Deficits

With the sudden shock of Covid-19, almost all economic activity locally and globally had ceased after February 2020. Only now towards the end of May 2020 have some countries decided to carefully open up businesses, economies and society in returning to normalcy. Much of the idea of a return to normal is linked to the […]

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Op-ed: Turn Putin Inward

Op-ed: Turn Putin Inward

Seeking to merely “contain” Putin is not enough.  We have been outplayed, outsmarted and outmaneuvered in Europe, the Middle East, Venezuela, Africa and the Arctic. And at home. Point by point “cost imposing” measures against Russia have not worked. And simply repeating the pattern of reacting, deterring, responding, defending will not work.  Moscow–minimally as a […]

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How Post-Imperial Democracies Die: A Comparison of Weimar Germany and Post-Soviet Russia | CPCS 52(2). With S. Kailitz

How Post-Imperial Democracies Die: A Comparison of Weimar Germany and Post-Soviet Russia | CPCS 52(2). With S. Kailitz

How post-imperial democracies die: A comparison of #WeimarGermany and post-Soviet #Russia. With Steffen Kailitz of the HAIT @TUDresden_DE and @DVPW_Vergleich in @Elsevier‘s “#Communist and Post-Communist Studies” #politics#politicalscience#democratization academia.edu link Researchgate.net link Sciencedirect.com link While socioeconomic crisis – like in Germany after World War I and in Russia after the Cold War – is a necessary […]

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Anti-Kim Resistance Organization Declares North Korea’s ‘Government-in-exile’

Anti-Kim Resistance Organization Declares North Korea’s ‘Government-in-exile’

On the 100th annual anniversary of the Koreas’ March 1st anti-colonial resistance movement, a North Korean underground resistance organization called Free Joseon (formally known as Cheollima Civil Defense [CCD]) declared the country’s provisional “government-in-exile” with their adamant self-determination to “dedicate themselves to abolish the ‘Great Evil.’” An anonymous young woman wearing Hanbok solemnly read aloud […]

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Op-ed: On Enes Kanter, the Turkish Government, and the Politics of Sports

Op-ed: On Enes Kanter, the Turkish Government, and the Politics of Sports

For most of his adult life Enes Kanter has been on the radar of the basketball world. After moving to the United States as a teenager, Kanter quickly developed a reputation as a young player to watch. He cemented this reputation, and gave a major spark to his professional aspirations, in 2010 when, at the […]

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African Regimes at a Crossroads

African Regimes at a Crossroads

New hope is blowing across the African continent against the backdrop of toppled heads of government and state in South Africa and Zimbabwe and a rejuvenated government that is pursuing ambitious reforms in Ethiopia. Other recent examples of transitions from long-sitting governments have also played out in Burkina Faso and The Gambia where the sitting […]

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Xi Jinping: China’s Emperor for life?

Xi Jinping: China’s Emperor for life?

The annual full session of the National People’s Congress, which began on 5 March, sees President Xi Jinping on the way to becoming China’s “Emperor” for life. Following the party’s Central Committee proposal of eliminating the limits for the country’s president from the constitution – currently set at a maximum of two consecutive terms – […]

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EU Funds Allocation: Is Brussels Flexing Its Muscles?

EU Funds Allocation: Is Brussels Flexing Its Muscles?

European Commissioner for Justice Vera Jourová proposed to make the distribution of EU funding dependent on whether states uphold fundamental EU principles like the rule of law.

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Forecasting Unconventional Elections: What Can Be Done?

Forecasting Unconventional Elections: What Can Be Done?

The polling industry must be strengthened, not discredited. It remains crucial in an era in which markets are hypersensitive to political outcomes.

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The Semantics of God in the Middle East

The Semantics of God in the Middle East

Nahed Hattar’s assassination sheds light on how social media is used as a weapon by the terrorists to promote their extremist ideologies.

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Can Democratic Values Survive?

Can Democratic Values Survive?

Does economic development lead to democracy? This question has been at the center of the debate among modernization theorists in the past decades.

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