EU Digital Single Market Boon to Tech and Traditional Industries

By The Editors

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.

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Under Pope Francis, Vatican Flexes Its Global Political Muscle

By The Editors

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.

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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

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

Diplomatic Fallout

Can Putin Rebrand Russia as Stabilizing Force in Ukraine, Syria?

By Richard Gowan
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Vladimir Putin looked a little isolated on May 9, when world leaders largely stayed away from Moscow’s parade commemorating the end of World War II. But since then, Angela Merkel has gone to Moscow for talks, and John Kerry has visited Putin in Sochi. Putin may not be globally popular, but he is no pariah. more

Middle East Nuclear Race More Rhetoric Than Reality

By Jessica C. Varnum
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In the run-up to the June 30 deadline for a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran, alarmists are again warning of an imminent race to nuclear weapons capabilities in the Middle East in the guise of peaceful nuclear programs. But the logic of chain-reaction proliferation in the Middle East is critically flawed. more

Global Insights

As Russia-China Alignment Grows, Shared Vulnerabilities Emerge

By Richard Weitz
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One noteworthy aspect of last week’s Victory Day celebrations in Moscow was the emphasis Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping placed on their countries’ historical and other ties. Yet the two leaders’ growing alignment highlights shared vulnerabilities and inefficiencies common to authoritarian regimes. more

Global Insider

Nagorno-Karabakh Elections an Exercise in Domestic Legitimacy

By The Editors
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Earlier this month, Azerbaijan’s separatist Nagorno-Karabakh region held parliamentary elections, which were denounced by Azerbaijan and the West. In an interview, Laurence Broers of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London discussed governance in Nagorno-Karabakh. more