Special Report: The Ukraine Crisis’ Regional Fallout

The effects of Russia’s military takeover of Crimea are being felt far beyond Ukraine’s now-disputed borders. The crisis has put a spotlight on NATO, placing it once again at the center of European security discussions. For Russia, the move into Ukraine comes with great risk, as Moscow’s control of European energy supplies has weakened in recent years while a long-running military modernization program has yet to transform Russian forces. And in Washington, next steps depend on an assessment of exactly where U.S. interests lie. This special report reviews the key regional actors in the Ukraine crisis through recently published articles.
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Strategic Posture Review: Germany

Like all states, the Federal Republic of Germany’s strategic posture is shaped by the country’s history, geographic position and economic status. In the German case, however, the outcome is particularly peculiar—because all factors involved are rather unique. Combined, these factors have contributed to the so-called German Question: What is the proper strategic outlook for a state that overshadows all other European nations, yet is too weak to rule the continent, as two world wars have disastrously proved? As we see today, there is no ultimate answer to this question. It requires constant renegotiation and recalibration.
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Special Report: Afghanistan's Uncertain Transition

After 13 years of war, Afghanistan is preparing for a new phase of political transition. The U.S. intervention has left widely divergent situations across the country, but the long-promised 2014 troop withdrawal is set to proceed regardless of local conditions. As the year unfolds, Afghans will see a presidential election with no clear frontrunner amid faltering Taliban peace talks. Regional actors, notably India and China, are re-evaluating their position in the country. And America’s continuing leverage—and political interest—is in doubt. This special report examines Afghanistan’s uncertain transition through articles published in the past year.
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Special Report: Global Trade and Economic Governance

With growth still lagging after the financial crisis, countries in the developed and developing worlds alike are looking to new trade agreements, closer financial integration and reforms to global economic governance to raise their economic outlooks. This WPR special report looks at the prospects for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, the Pacific Alliance and the future of the dollar, among other topics, through articles published in the past year.
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Strategic Posture Review: Kenya

After winning Kenya’s March 2013 presidential election, President Uhuru Kenyatta inherited the difficult task of leading East Africa’s most significant diplomatic and economic actor while simultaneously awaiting trial at the International Criminal Court. Meanwhile, his coalition government assumed oversight of Kenya’s growing role in the maintenance of regional security. Though tensions with Kenya's traditional partners in the West over the ICC trial now seem to be easing, Kenya’s numerous security threats, compounded by deep ethno-political divisions, will pose obstacles to its economic ambitions and efforts to play a stronger role in regional leadership.
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Special Report: Europe, Striving for Normal

Although 2013 marked a respite for Europe compared to previous years, the relative calm underscored the degree to which strategic relevance remains hampered, economic recovery fragile and normality elusive. The implications, for Europe’s partners but also for its democracies, are significant. This WPR special report examines Europe’s international and domestic challenges.
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Special Report: Iran Comes in From the Cold

The interim deal between Iran and the U.S.-led coalition of world powers has opened the possibility of Iran’s return as a regional power with normalized diplomatic and economic relations. This WPR special report examines the implications of Iran’s return to the club of nations.
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Strategic Posture Review: Australia

Power shifts in Asia have already begun to challenge fundamental aspects of Australia’s strategic posture, at a time when harsher fiscal realities could also put constraints on plans to modernize the Australian Defense Forces. In sum, the new government of Prime Minister Tony Abbott confronts a myriad of foreign, security and defense policy challenges. After hardly three months in office, it is too early to tell how exactly the government will address all of them. But it is possible to make some cautious predictions based on previous and emerging policy responses.
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Special Report: India's Place in the Asian Century

India’s rise has been accompanied by friction both at home, as a growing middle class pushes for economic security, and abroad, as rivals China and Pakistan jockey for influence. This World Politics Review special report looks at India’s obstacles and opportunities as its seeks its place in the Asian century.
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Special Report: Can ASEAN Find Its Way?

Though Southeast Asia's economies continue to grow, their regional bloc, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, has struggled to match its economic clout with political credibility. This World Politics Review special report looks at the political and security challenges facing ASEAN and the diverging paths of its member states.
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