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Why China Prefers Europe to the United States

During his 11-day European tour, Xi dramatically elevated China’s all-dimensional strategic partnership with Germany, reiterated Beijing’s special ties with Paris, and strengthened the strategic partnership with the EU.

Al Qaeda's Possible Collapse in Syria

There are two competing visions of radical jihadism in Syria articulated by two rival groups

Transatlantic Collaboration and Latin America: New Opportunities and Incentives?

When U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said last November that the Monroe Doctrine was over, few on either side of the Atlantic took much notice.

M. Hollande Goes to America

Hollande’s state visit to the United States, only the fourth state visit from any foreign leader since Obama took office, holds much in the way of symbolism.

The End of Paternalism: Assessing the “Arab Spring” Three Years On

From its inception, the expression “Arab Spring” always appeared to be on rhetorically weak ground.

Japan, India, and Democratic Cooperation in Asia

There was a time, not that long ago, when the question of whether “Asian values” — whatever they meant — were compatible with democracy was being hotly debated.

The EU Needs to Ask Russia the Tough Questions

The EU must find the guts to put economic and hard security on top of the bilateral agenda with Moscow.

Germany Needs Europe to Balance U.S. Digital Hegemony

Since U.S. government contractor Edward Snowden made his revelations about the NSA’s surveillance activities, there has been a growing chorus demanding that European states support their digital companies to become more competitive.

Two Religions under One Roof: Pointers for the Central African Republic

The Burkina Faso blueprint bears keeping in mind as the CAR looks to peace and reconciliation.

A Fog Descends Over Delhi

There is a fin de regime aura in Delhi, like the fog that swathes the capital on winter mornings. The Indian National Congress-led governing coalition faces elections in the spring.

Human Rights Buried Under $51 Billion Sochi Olympics

The principles of Olympism as captured in the current Olympic Charter clearly denote the primacy of human dignity, non-discrimination, and other basic human rights.

Why Training Diverse Leaders is Important for the Transatlantic Community

The logic of leadership diversity is that diverse and representative voices need to be at the decision-making table for the best political outcomes to be reached, at all levels of government.

Bangladesh’s Failed Elections, Troubled History, and Uncertain Promise

This week’s sham elections ought to serve as a reminder to Hasina and the Awami League that an electoral mandate is not a blank check and that, ideology notwithstanding, the priority for Bangladeshis is the future, not the past.

The Slow — Glacially Slow — Race for the Arctic

The Arctic may appear to be a newly prominent issue for much of the international community but in general, discussion of the Arctic remains scarce at international forums.

Demystifying European Enlargement: Lessons for Ukraine and Brussels

The recent offer by the European Union and suspension by Ukraine of an Association Agreement (AA) was a classic case of misperception.

Can Europe Help Reduce Sino-Japanese Tensions?

Europe may not at first glance appear the most obvious mediator between China and Japan but it holds several advantages.

Germany Faces Tough Choices on Russia

Germany’s Russia policy remains above all guided by economics and energy, and the substantial Russia lobby in the German business community is unlikely to be moved by events in Ukraine.

France and Poland Leading Europe’s Defense Integration

Countries like France and Poland, who are heavily involved in the process of defense integration, have the ability to drive the discussion forward.

Why China’s Reforms Aren’t Enough

It is not too late for Xi, whose political fortune is now tied to the reform package, to devise a separate political strategy to ensure the success of his plan.