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European Council President Donald Tusk, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at the Eastern Partnership summit, Riga, Latvia, May 22, 2015 (AP photo by Mindaugas Kulbis).

Caught Between the EU and Russia, Eastern Partners Muddle Through

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Last week, representatives from the EU and the six Eastern Partner states met in Latvia, but EU membership for the former Soviet republics remains distant. Meanwhile, Russia’s alternative customs bloc, the Eurasian Economic Union, is flailing, leaving the Eastern Partners stuck in the middle. more


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Jamaica Taking Steps to Expand Its Caribbean Trade Ties

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Earlier this month, Jamaica announced plans to expand regional trade ties through a framework agreement with Cuba and a deal that supplements the existing free trade agreement with Costa Rica. In an interview, Krista Lucenti, an economist with the Inter-American Development Bank, discussed Jamaica’s trade policy. more

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EU Digital Single Market Boon to Tech and Traditional Industries

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Earlier this month the European Union launched its so-called digital single market, which aims to expand Europe’s digital economy through broad reforms. In an email interview, Fabian Zuleeg, the chief executive of the European Policy Center, discussed the impact the new policy could have. more

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Under Pope Francis, Vatican Flexes Its Global Political Muscle

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Earlier this month, the Vatican concluded a treaty that recognizes the state of Palestine, immediately drawing criticism from Israel. In an interview, John L. Allen Jr., an associate editor at Crux and expert on Vatican affairs, discussed the Holy See’s foreign policy under Pope Francis. more

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Djibouti Cultivating Diverse Economic, Military Partnerships

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China is in negotiations with Djibouti to open a military base in the country, adding to its current roster of French, U.S., Japanese and EU military facilities. In an interview, David Styan, lecturer in politics at Birkbeck College, University of London, discussed Djibouti’s foreign relations. more

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Foreign NGOs Hamstrung by Indian Funding Regulations

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Last month, India canceled the licenses of 9,000 charities and NGOs for failing to declare information about foreign donations. In an interview, Noshir H. Dadrawala, CEO of the Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy, discussed the relationship between foreign NGOs and the Indian government. more