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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.

At Vilnius, the EU Must Reconcile Norms with Realism

It seems the build-up to Vilnius has, in other words, shown the limits of the EU’s normative foreign policy in its Eastern neighborhood. The EU’s engagement in Ukraine is critical, but its abilities to foster reform have been damaged.

Restoring Trust in Internet Privacy and Data Security

U.S. allies clearly no longer trust the United States and its companies as much as they did before the NSA revelations. Thus, they are taking it upon themselves to seek alternatives and to protect their citizens as they see fit.

Keeping Ukraine’s Door Open to Europe

Last week’s decision by Yanukovich was not a surprise. Ukraine’s failure to meet European requirements for an association agreement should not be seen as the end of the line.

Bulgarians Take to the Streets

The peaceful, anti-establishment protests taking place in Bulgaria have been overshadowed by the recent radical upheavals in Cairo, Istanbul, and Sao Paulo.

Embracing a New Transatlantic Narrative on Africa

A young, increasingly educated, and innovative generation is seeking to change traditional patterns of economic and social development.

What the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline Means for Europe's Energy Diversity

A consortium of energy companies operating in the Caspian Basin came to a decision about the transportation of their gas from the Turkish border to Europe.

Why Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, and its Opponents, Denounce the United States

Beyond the army’s dramatic intervention, Egypt’s near-term political evolution will be impossible to predict.

Eppur si muove: Croatia’s Accession Shows that EU Enlargement is Alive and Well

At midnight on Monday, Croatia became the 28th member state of the European Union. Yet in certain EU countries and in parts of the EU establishment there has been growing skepticism about adding new member states.