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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko watches a military exercise of the Ukrainian armed forces in Mykolaiv region, Ukraine, April 25, 2015 (Presidential Press Service photo by Mykola Lazarenko via AP).
Diplomatic Fallout

Greek Financial Crisis Forces EU to Play for Time on Ukraine, Migrants

By Richard Gowan
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In the past 10 days, over 1,000 migrants have drowned trying to cross the Mediterranean; there has been fresh fighting in Ukraine; and Greece has careened toward bankruptcy. The EU has responded with a mixture of big talk and half-measures. More than anything, it is playing for time. more

Global Insights

U.S. Seeks to Reassure Japan, South Korea on Asia Pivot

By Richard Weitz
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Ashton Carter recently concluded his first visit to East Asia since becoming U.S. secretary of defense. His discussions in Japan and South Korea signaled that he has quickly become a pivotal player in the administration’s policy of “rebalancing” U.S. strategic priorities toward the region. more

World Citizen

U.S. Frets as Key Allies Flock to Join China’s AIIB

By Frida Ghitis
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The new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the brainchild of Chinese President Xi Jinping, has become a source of friction not only between the U.S. and China, but also between Washington and its top allies. One by one, major U.S. partners have decided to defy Washington’s wishes and join the AIIB. more

Diplomatic Fallout

Putting Need Before Geopolitics on Post-MDG Development Agenda

By Sarah Hearn
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International aid is failing the poorest countries because it is not always going where it is needed most. The reasons are primarily geopolitical: A disproportionate amount of aid has gone to nation-building plans for Afghanistan and Iraq, instead of preventing crisis in other fragile countries. more