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Borderlands: The View from Azerbaijan

 Borderlands: The View from Azerbaijan

I arrive in Azerbaijan as the country celebrates Victory Day, the day successor states of the former Soviet Union celebrate the defeat of Germany in World War II. No one knows how many Soviet citizens died in that war -- perhaps 22 million. The number is staggering and represents both the ...

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The U.S. Opts for Ineffective Sanctions on Russia

The U.S. Opts for Ineffective Sanctions on Russia

The United States announced new sanctions on seven Russian government officials April 28. A long-used tactic, sanctions can yield unpredictable effects or have no effect at all, depending upon how they are crafted. It is commonly assumed that sanctions are applied when a target country's actions ...

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The Moroccans That Infuriate the Dutch

The Moroccans That Infuriate the Dutch
"If Lady Justice is truly blind, she will prosecute all of us or none of us. I hope none of us." — Geert Wilders, MP and Leader of the Party for Freedom, the Netherlands.
A more recent development is the pending Dutch Moroccan takeover of the drugs and human trafficking businesses.

Who, actually, ...

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Russian Dominance in Europe?

Russian Dominance in Europe?

Russia's ability to exert its will in Crimea and threaten eastern Ukraine did not arise accidentally, but by design. Russia's successful use of threats, infiltration by special operations units, and outright invasion would have been impossible without the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, which ...

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Berlin Fears a High Court Ruling Could Threaten the European Union

Berlin Fears a High Court Ruling Could Threaten the European Union

The Greek economy ended its four-year exile from international markets last week with a triumphant 3 billion euro (about $4.1 billion) bond sale. The global financial media trumpeted this somewhat unexpected achievement as a sign that things were finally turning around in the European Union's most ...

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Russia in Latin America: The Problem We Have Chosen to Ignore

As  Russian control of Crimea consolidates and the fear of a potential invasion of continental Ukraine increases, Russian activities closer to home in the Western Hemisphere have been largely overlooked or perhaps just disregarded. There have been reports of  increasing Russian ...

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Why Turkey's Local Elections May Have Global Impact

Why Turkey's Local Elections May Have Global Impact

Investigative Project on Terrorism

Driving into Istanbul from Ataturk International Airport, the image looms, enormous and omnipresent: the stubbornly stern face of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan."I've spent a lot of time in Libya and Iraq," one Turkish businessman told me of the ...

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From Estonia to Azerbaijan: American Strategy After Ukraine

From Estonia to Azerbaijan: American Strategy After Ukraine

As I discussed last week, the fundamental problem that Ukraine poses for Russia,  beyond a long-term geographical threat, is a crisis  in internal legitimacy. Russian President Vladimir Putin has spent his  time in power rebuilding the authority of the Russian state within ...

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Protesters in Lviv Raise the Stakes in Ukraine's Crisis

As the standoff in Independence Square continues in Kiev, the western part of Ukraine has added a more serious element to the country's internal struggle. On Wednesday, several administration buildings were taken over by protesters in the west, including in Khmelnytskyi, Ivano-Frankivsk, ...

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