Europe

We Don’t Need the West: Misled by State Media, Russians Cheer on Sanctions

October 28, 2014 by Kristen Blyth
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Since annexing the Crimean peninsula in March, Russia’s international standing and economic situation have taken a turn for the worse. Amid these struggles, you might expect Russians to question their regime’s current course of action.

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An Interview with Ambassador Martin Dahinden

October 1, 2014 by Forum Staff
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Ambassador Martin Dahinden is currently the designated Swiss Ambassador to the United States and served as the Director-General at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation since 2008. Previously, he headed the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affair’s Directorate of Corporate Management, after having worked as Director of the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining […]

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Human Rights Promotion Backfiring as “World War LGBT” Shakes Eurasia

August 30, 2014 by Kyle Rohrich
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Russia and the West are fighting the greatest geopolitical battle since the end of the Cold War not with nuclear arms races, aerial warfare, or military buildups. Rather, the most prevalent form of weaponry in the standoffs in Ukraine and throughout Eurasia is as unique as it is effective: the gays.

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Why Anti-Corruption Will Fail in the Czech Republic

April 18, 2014 by Steven Gawthorpe
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Despite promising rhetoric, it is unlikely the Czech Republic will engage in any comprehensive anti-corruption reform.

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The Long Shadow of Tejero

March 19, 2014 by Joel Hernàndez
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Mired in economic recession and facing significant regional challenges, Spain’s young democracy has seen better days. The revelation of an anniversary celebration of the attempted coup of February 23, 1981, opens troubling questions as to the legacy of Spain’s transition from autocracy to democracy.

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For Russia Impasse, Go For The Gas

March 11, 2014 by Luke Tarbi
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The United States should take discernible, concrete steps to weaken Russia’s power and influence in Ukraine, including explicit support for Europe in reducing their reliance on Russian gas imports.

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