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Andrus Ansip, commissioner in charge of the digital single market, and Gunther Oettinger, commissioner in charge of digital economy and society, give a joint press conference, Brussels, May 6, 2015 (European Commission photo).
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EU Digital Single Market Boon to Tech and Traditional Industries

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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. more


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Under Pope Francis, Vatican Flexes Its Global Political Muscle

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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

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Djibouti Cultivating Diverse Economic, Military Partnerships

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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

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Foreign NGOs Hamstrung by Indian Funding Regulations

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Last month, India canceled the licenses of 9,000 charities and NGOs for failing to declare information about foreign donations. In an interview, Noshir H. Dadrawala, CEO of the Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy, discussed the relationship between foreign NGOs and the Indian government. more

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Senegal Troop Deployment to Saudi Arabia Symbol of Close Ties

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Earlier this month, Senegal’s foreign minister announced that the country was sending 2,100 troops to Saudi Arabia to participate in the coalition against Houthi rebels in Yemen. In an interview, Alex Thurston, a visiting associate professor at Georgetown University, discussed Senegal-Saudi ties. more

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Burundi on a Knife’s Edge

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Burundi’s political crisis deepened Wednesday with a general launching a coup attempt against President Pierre Nkurunziza. World Politics Review partnered with the Global Dispatches podcast to produce an interview with WPR contributor Jonathan W. Rosen on the situation in the East African country.

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India Rafale Deal Part of Needed Air Force Modernization

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Last month, India announced plans to purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets from France, though a final deal has yet to be signed. In an interview, Iskander Rehman, a nonresident fellow in the South Asia Program at the Atlantic Council, discussed India’s air force. more

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Nagorno-Karabakh Elections an Exercise in Domestic Legitimacy

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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