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Juncker Shakes Up European Commission With New Policy Teams

Jean-Claude Juncker, president-elect of the European Commission, at the European Union headquarters in Brussels, Sept. 10, 2014 (Rex Features via AP Images).
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Last week, European Commission President-designate Jean-Claude Juncker named the rest of his team of commissioners and their policy areas. The latest announcements have generated a lot of discussion in EU circles about how the posts were distributed among candidates and countries. more

Despite Saakashvili Prosecution, Georgia Moves West

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Last month, Georgian prosecutors filed charges against former President Mikheil Saakashvili for misallocating public funds while in office. While Saakashvili is strongly identified with Georgia’s pro-Western foreign policy, the new government in Tbilisi has only intensified this policy. more

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China Tries to Rebuild Regional Trust With Maritime Silk Road

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In an email interview, Geoffrey Wade, visiting fellow at the Australian National University College of Asia and the Pacific, discussed the objectives of China’s Maritime Silk Road initiative, the partners involved and the challenges facing its implementation. more

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Peace With the PKK High Priority for Erdogan Presidency

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In an email interview, Mehmet Ümit Necef, associate professor at the Centre for Contemporary Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Southern Denmark, discussed the prospect of peace talks with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) under the Erdogan presidency. more

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Cuban Import Restrictions Highlight Dilemma of Economic Reform

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Last week, Cuba announced significant restrictions on the number of goods travelers can bring into the country. In an email interview, William LeoGrande, professor of government in the School of Public Affairs at American University, discussed the recent Cuban import restrictions. more