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Freedom is just another word for ‘nothin left to lose’

President Joe Biden described the events taking place in Israel as “sheer evil, abhorrent, and terrorism.”  It sure is.  Husbands and wives slaughtered, children...

What’s the end game for the military men seizing power in West Africa?

As socio-economic problems and the inefficiency of civilian governments in the region have made recent coups popular, coup makers are eventually going to become...

A post-Berlusconi Italy could find itself at an era-defining political turning point

A new era began in Italy on June 12 when Silvio Berlusconi, the polarizing and towering political figure who dominated Italian politics for nearly...

Lukashenko’s sanctioned ally continues to do business in the EU

In 2020, businessman Alexander Shakutin came under EU sanctions for supporting Belarus' dictator Alexander Lukashenko.The activities of his companies in the EU were supposed...

Xi’s China could be more dangerous than Mao ever dreamed

China’s Communist Party, which has undergone a transformation back to its Maoist roots under Xi Jinping, has been caught off guard by the widespread...

Miami morphs into a global business hub, can it last?

Due to Florida’s less stringent COVID restrictions, a political strategy driven by the state’s Republican governor, Florida became a vastly more attractive location for individuals able to work remotely.

Alisher Usmanov: The billionaire-turned-philanthropist who is essential to Uzbekistan’s global future

Uzbek tycoon Alisher Usmanov once quipped to a Western journalist that his life story would require more than a couple of vodka bottles to...

Kazakhstan reaffirms strategic partnership with EU, accelerates political reforms

Kazakhstan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Roman Vassilenko talked to NE Global in an exclusive interview about a state-wide referendum on June 5 on the adoption...

If Britain wants to move on from the EU it cannot turn its back on humanitarian action

The exit of Britain from the European Union has continued to be a headline stealer for the country. Since the process from referendum to...

Moscow is moving Wagner mercenaries from Syria and Africa to Ukraine

Media reports from around the world have indicated that more than 1,000 mercenaries from Russia's infamous private military company Wagner have been transferred from...

The Budapest-Vilnius segment and the Kyiv-Tirana-Pristina triangle

28 years ago in Budapest, I participated as a member of the Albanian delegation at the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE)....

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is the purest manifestation of everyone’s worst fears about Putin

Before the crack of dawn on February 24, Russian bombs and missiles began to fall on Ukrainian cities and military installations. The worst fears...

If Russia invades again, Ukraine ultimately wins

Vladimir Putin has already lost Ukraine.The failed totalitarian experiment of Soviet Communism has ceased to exist. Yet Ukraine continues to be subjected to a...

Historical differences will not erode an advantageous 21st-Century Chinese-Russian partnership

The 21st century has seen the forging of “cooperative” relations between China and Russia, with the benefits of this new partnership outweighing the historical differences between...

Ukraine – A conflict society

Ukraine is a society at war. Its enemies are within its borders and Putin’s Russia. The primary objectives represented by both these entities is...

Can Erdogan survive an economic crisis of his own design?

Turkey was once seen as something of an economic miracle at the dawn of the millennium. Millions of Turks were lifted into the middle...

The Korean Peninsula should remain a security concern

With both South Korea and the United States focused on domestic matters – 2022 presidential race and 2022 midterm elections respectively, it will be...

Why China cannot invade Taiwan

China’s recent aerial incursion in Taiwan air defense zone and President Xi Jinping’s confrontational remarks re-prompted a debate on whether or not Beijing is...

Let us celebrate democracy and let us make it stronger

The eyes of the world's leading foreign policy wonks were all on Washington, DC, after President Joe Biden met with fellow democratic leaders at...

The deep fall of a child prodigy

The surprise was great, and he staged it in his usual professional manner. Sebastian Kurz, who at 31 became Austria's youngest-ever chancellor, announced his...

New rules covering the rights of Platform Economy workers

With the European Commission set to adopt their proposal for a Directive on improving working conditions in platform work on December 8, the issue...

Only the West can save Georgia

“We need you back, Tim,” said nobody. “Coverage of what's happening in Georgia just isn't enough. Goddamit man, it's only Ani Chkhikvadze out there...

The virtuous circle of what’s needed to trigger Europe’s digital sovereignty

Like a prism that changes according to the perspective through which it is observed, there are many possible interpretations of the concept of digital...

The case for peace and reconciliation in Ethiopia

Civil war has been raging in Ethiopia for over a year now, between the National Defence Forces of the Ethiopian Government, and rebel militia...

Is Lukashenko setting a new trap for Europe?

One can hardly imagine the misery of the refugees at the border between Poland, Lithuania and Belarus. Thousands of people from Iraq, Syria and...

Which role for electrification in the European green deal?

Electrification is the most cost-effective and reliable way to decarbonize the EU economy in less than three decades. Realizing it now would allow Europe...

The Second Karabakh War, one year later

One year after the end of the Second Karabakh War, the landscape in the South Caucasus has changed: both politically and physically. Against all...

Meta isn’t just about rebranding Facebook — Could it bring a dystopian future?

On October 28, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg launched a new company brand, Meta, at the annual Facebook Connect event. According to Facebook, “Meta… brings together our...

The Glasgow climate test

The climate crisis is a code red for humanity. World leaders will soon be put to the test at the UN Climate Conference — known...

International courts are more vital than ever to protect human rights

There’s a disturbing trend sweeping Europe, as policymakers and judicial authorities alike attempt to skirt the authority of transnational courts. First, in keeping with...

New political patterns in the South Caucasus

Developments in the South Caucasus continue to race ahead of Europe’s understanding of them. By the time an event has been noticed, recognized, digested,...

In US foreign policy, realists are finally on the rise

During the autumn of 2020, the United States lost one of its most brilliant, incisive, yet unheralded thinkers in Sherle R. Schwenninger.One of Schwenninger’s...

Three major challenges in the Albanian parliament, especially for the opposition

The three major challenges at the beginning of Albania's current parliamentary legislature include the review of the municipal territorial division and the structure of...

Greece again agrees to expand US defense cooperation

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias traveled to Washington October 13-14 to participate in a scheduled session of the US-Greece Strategic Dialogue, where he met...

The need for trilateral cooperation in the Indo-Pacific

A coercive China and a nuclear North Korea are peripherally affecting the U.S.’ security interests in the Indo-Pacific.  With increasingly well-developed power derived from...

Defense pacts and energy in the Eastern Mediterranean

The Greeks have finally come to the realization that despite a period of relative calmness Turkey is not about to abandon its assertive behavior...

Is the EU ready to protect its food supply chains?

The EU’s internal market commissioner Thierry Breton conducted a tour of Japan and South Korea last week, in a bid to strike up partnerships...

Creating a circular economy with Deposit Return Systems

The recycling and waste management landscape is rapidly evolving as the world scrambles to adopt sustainable solutions to the plastic crisis. With plastic production expected...

Enlargement: EU’s turgid Brdo Declaration seen as a “fail”

The two EU candidate countries hoping for a major jump-start to their long-delayed EU accession procedures suffered a major setback on October 6 at...

The West needs to unite to fight for human rights

Human rights seem nonexistent in today’s world. That’s because the world’s democracies are not fighting for it. While the world’s dictatorships always seem to have...

Why the Taliban’s promise to stop the opium trade rings hollow

One of the first announcements the Taliban made after seizing power in Afghanistan in August was that they were going to “ban the production and sale...

Bitcoin’s endgame: Why sovereign investment offers the final layer of legitimacy

Following China’s recent banning of cryptocurrency usage last week, the nexus of sovereign adoption and digital assets has reemerged as an important question in...

The road to conflict resolution in Karabakh

Events are moving quite quickly in the South Caucasus, although they have not yet reached a breakthrough. Nevertheless, the first anniversary of the outbreak...

Why the fall of Afghanistan sllows Iran to expand its influence

Since 2020, the United States has been working to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan. The Americans' announcement emboldened the Taliban, who recently took control...

President Biden’s short UN General Assembly visit raises questions

President Joe Biden’s first address to the 76th UN General Assembly (UNGA) on September 21 provided the world with an almost infinite supply of...

Canada’s election and its meaning for Ukraine

Though it is hard to say, the recent election in Canada was a waste of money. After the expenditure of over $600 million (CDN),...

Germany and its neo-imperial quest in Bosnia

When rumors first began to swirl in January about the possible appointment of Christian Schmidt as Europe's High Representative to Bosnia and Herzegovina, I...

Lebanon’s public debt default

The nature and causes of sovereign debt differ from one country to another. Yet, the popular or engineered narrative of debt usually conceals its...

With the AUKUS pact, the US has opted to snub some of its European partners

In the nearly nine months since he took office, it has become apparent that the US and European Union will not immediately experience a...

Will Central Asia serve as Europe’s bridge to Afghanistan?

Just over one month on from the fall of Kabul, Europe is still grasping for answers to the question of how to engage in...

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