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Tsar Putin

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 05.01.2014 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Russian President Vladimir Putin is escalating the stakes by intervening in the Ukraine, and effectively taking control of the Crimean peninsula.

The Crises in Ukraine and Syria: Putin Caught in the Jaws of a Vise

Raghida Dergham | Posted 04.30.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

The battles for Kiev and Damascus are caught between prudence and heavy-handedness, in a polarization that is fateful not only for Ukraine and Syria, but also for the relationship between Russia and the West. It is a phase of anxious repositioning.

Europeans and Ukraine

Jeff Danziger | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


UK Warns Russia: Don't Intervene In Ukraine

Reuters | Posted 04.25.2014 | World

By Andrew Osborn LONDON, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Britain warned Russia on Sunday against intervening in Ukraine's "complex" crisis, saying ...

Ukrainian Tango on the Brink: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back?

Erik Brattberg | Posted 04.24.2014 | Politics
Erik Brattberg

Though the newest deal is a welcomed respite from recent days' brutal violence, no one should be surprised if the situation in Ukraine is soon taking yet another turn for the uglier. On the contrary, such an escalation of violence fits well with how Yanukovych has acted from day one of the crisis.

To Paraphrase Mark Twain -- The Reports of America's Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

Edward Goldberg | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Edward Goldberg

The re-emergence of the United States as the growing -- not declining economic power (a pattern that has happened several times before) -- will have tremendous ramifications throughout the world.

Solving the EU Migration Crisis

Patrick Basham | Posted 03.26.2014 | Business
Patrick Basham

EU citizens have real worries about immigration and their politicians have done little to address them. There is still time for European countries to get serious about taking control of their economic future.

France's 19th Century Foreign Policy Fails in 2014

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.23.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Since Operation Sangaris was launched, however, the French military has proven powerless to stop the sectarian violence, which took more than a thousand lives in Bangui last month.

Iran Nuclear Deal To Begin January 20th

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

ANKARA/BRUSSELS, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Iran's interim nuclear deal with six major powers will come into force on Jan. 20, the Iranian Foreign Ministry an...

Is 2014 the Transatlantic Trade Deal's 'Make-or-Break' Year?

Erik Brattberg | Posted 03.12.2014 | World
Erik Brattberg

Almost a year after President Barack Obama presented the initiative, negotiations over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) have made steady progress. But several challenges remain unaddressed while new ones loom on the horizon.

Should International Aid to CSOs End After Graduation?

Fron Nahzi | Posted 03.09.2014 | World
Fron Nahzi

The economic and political development of the country does not necessarily lead to the development of its philanthropic sector. But what can be done in a time when the need for Western support across the globe far exceeds the availability of funds?

S&P Cuts EU Credit Rating

Reuters | Posted 02.19.2014 | Business

Dec 20 (Reuters) - Standard & Poor's cut its long-term credit rating on the European Union to AA-plus from AAA on Friday, citing rising tensions on ...

Climate Change This Week: Sudden Surprises, Cheap Wind, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 02.11.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Gradual Climate Shifts Could Have Sudden Impacts says the US National Research Council, reports Brian Kahn at Climate Central. Abrupt shifts in the c...

Xi Jinping - Person of the Year 2013

David Gosset | Posted 02.03.2014 | World
David Gosset

It is indeed Xi Jinping who most influenced the year 2013. The constant movement in China contrasted with the lack of leadership in the European Union and the American political paralysis, on the global chessboard, the West lost the advantage of the initiative, it simply reacted to China's new moves and rapid actions.

Global coal lobbyist: death must be weighed against benefit

Justin Guay | Posted 02.02.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

Photo courtesy of Greenpeace India Co-authored by Bob Burton The global coal industry thinks hundreds of thousands of deaths every year caused by it...

The Central African Republic's Coming Genocide

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.02.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

The chaos in the CAR has potential to negatively impact its neighboring states further, especially given the region's ongoing conflicts and instability.

Culture May Be the key to Creativity

John M. Eger | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
John M. Eger

Earlier this year, Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO, upon receiving an honorary doctorate from Durham University in the U.K. said: "Culture ...

Will It Be the EU That Finally Gives Us a Social Media Election

Jimmy Leach | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Jimmy Leach

One of the more enduring assumptions of political campaigning in recent times has been the idea that digital media 'won' the Presidency for Barack Obama in 2008. That it was the geeks wot won it.

France, Spain Struggling To Reduce Deficit

Agence France Presse | | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

France will miss an agreed target to cut its public deficit, the EU said on Tuesday, with Spain's battered economy showing few signs of catching up re...

EU Ministers Call For Action On Climate Change

Reuters | Posted 12.28.2013 | Green

LONDON, Oct 28 (Reuters) - Thirteen European environment ministers and dozens of business leaders urged the European Union on Monday to adopt "ambit...

The British Problem Facing a Transatlantic Trade Deal

Tim Oliver | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Tim Oliver

For successive British governments a deal opening up further the transatlantic marketplace has proved an elusive one. With the U.S.A. and Europe as Britain's main economic partners, even a small deal could produce significant gains for Britain's economy.

U.S. Should Seize the Moment to Fuse NATO With the EU

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

Can the Europeans ever overcome their parochial defense thinking and construct a European defense capability? I believe they can, but it will take a dose of straight talk and tough medicine from Washington to point them in the right direction.

A European Union Without Britain Is the Last Thing America Needs

Tim Oliver | Posted 12.14.2013 | World
Tim Oliver

Some talk of a vote to quit the E.U. as the means to reclaim Britain's sovereignty, asserting Britain's independence as a "Switzerland with nukes." That those nukes would have to be carried on U.S. missiles shows the limits of that independence.

Iceland, the Devil and the EU

Stewart A. Swerdlow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Stewart A. Swerdlow

Hallur Hallsson's book, Vulture's Lair, has many unexpected twists and turns. It is a fast-paced novel that accurately describes the world to come if we do not change things now. The hero of the novel is a simple fisherman from a small island off the south coast of Iceland. Yet, he is able to make a difference, as each of us can.

When Breaking News Is Only Headlines: Germany, the European Union and the U.S.

Edward Goldberg | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics
Edward Goldberg

Of all this week's international news -- the horrors in Kenya, Rouhani at the UN, the negotiations over Syria -- it is what some might call 'the boring German election' that will have the greatest long-term impact on the interests of the United States.