Diplomacy and Politics Articles

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

By David Klion
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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


Strategic Horizons

Emerging Neo-Feudal World Leaving U.S., Global Security Behind

By Steven Metz
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If it manages to survive its fight against the Islamic State intact, Iraq will end up with a titular national government in the capital while regional potentates actually run the place. But Iraq is not the only country headed in this direction. In fact, the world is seeing the re-emergence of feudalism. more

World Citizen

For Israel, No Good Outcomes in Syria’s War

By Frida Ghitis
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Despite Israel and Syria’s continuing enmity, their border has been calm for decades. In the past few years, however, the region’s strategic landscape has changed drastically, particularly with regard to Syria’s civil war. For Israel, that has introduced an extremely complicated security dilemma. more

Strategic Horizons

For Hint of Iraq’s Future, Take Another Look at Vietnam War

By Steven Metz
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Although it was common to hear ominous warnings of “another Vietnam” as Iraq devolved into insurgency in 2004, many soon concluded that the Vietnam analogy did not apply to Iraq. But Iraq’s unraveling over the past year suggests the Vietnam conflict may provide indications of Iraq’s future after all. more

World Citizen

BRICS Still Have a Long Way to Go From Grouping to Alliance

By Frida Ghitis
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Ever since the BRICS grouping was coined in 2001, its members have been trying to transform their snappy acronym into a global player. And nobody has promoted that ambition more enthusiastically than Vladimir Putin. The problem is that not all BRICS members share his antipathy toward the West. more

Country Report

Paper Tiger: Ireland’s Elusive Economic Recovery

By Siobhán Brett
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Ireland’s initial response to the 2008 global financial crisis, a blanket bank guarantee, drove the former “Celtic Tiger” to approach the EU and the IMF to request a bailout in 2010. After years of brutal austerity, the economy appears to be improving, but not everyone is experiencing the recovery. more

Global Insider

Under Pope Francis, Vatican Flexes Its Global Political Muscle

By The Editors
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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

Global Insider

Djibouti Cultivating Diverse Economic, Military Partnerships

By The Editors
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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