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    Ukraine Stops Power Supply to Russian-Annexed Crimea
    Jan06

    Ukraine Stops Power Supply to Russian-Annexed Crimea

    Shortly before its residents rang in the New Year, the Russian-annexed peninsula of Crimea again found itself entirely without Ukrainian electricity. As in November, this was caused by unidentified saboteurs who blew up a power transmission line tower in Ukraine’s Kherson province, which borders Crimea. However, this time, Kyiv is unlikely...

    Russia Decides Who the Terrorists Are
    Jan06

    Russia Decides Who the Terrorists Are

    At the end of 2015, an unnamed Kremlin official announced that Moscow was now sharing intelligence about the Islamic State with the Afghan Taliban, even though the Taliban remains on the Russian list of terrorist organizations. Predictably the Taliban denied the assertion (Russianews.net, December 26, 2015). But none of this appears to have been...

    The Geopolitics of Cheap Oil
    Jan06

    The Geopolitics of Cheap Oil

    (Image: woodleywonderworks / Flickr) The market was supposed to save the planet. That, at least, was the argument of many economists grappling with the problem of climate change. As fossil fuels became scarcer, they pointed out, the price of oil and natural gas would go up. And then other options, like solar and wind, would become cheaper,...

    How Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Sabotaged the Reform Process
    Jan06

    How Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Sabotaged the Reform Process

    Viktor Shokin, Ukraine’s prosecutor general, was upbeat in his New Year’s message to colleagues. While “2015 was a difficult and responsible year for us all,” he wrote, we “carried out unprecedented reform and overhaul of the prosecutor’s system, bringing it closer to European standards.” Almost thirty...

    Russia’s military: Don’t believe the hype.
    Jan06

    Russia’s military: Don’t believe the hype.

    / On the photo: The inscription on the stone before the Russian knight, “How to go straight – do not be alive – there is no way any passer or roadway, or flies.” (“Knight at the Crossroads” – a picture of Viktor Vasnetsov, 1882)./ Kyle Mizokami January 4, 2016The Bear is back. Or so the headlines would have you believe. The Russian military, led...

    Poland’s Plans to Stick Washington with a Bigger NATO Bill
    Jan06

    Poland’s Plans to Stick Washington with a Bigger NATO Bill

    Doug Bandow Poland’s new nationalist government wants to make a deal with Great Britain: Help us get a NATO—meaning American—garrison, and we’ll agree to limit European migrant flows to Britain. British prime minister David Cameron visited Warsaw in December seeking support for his European Union reform plan, but returned only with a...

    A Stubborn Optimist’s 2016 Forecast of World Affairs
    Jan06

    A Stubborn Optimist’s 2016 Forecast of World Affairs

    Forecasts of the year ahead tend to reflect the general mood of the year before and, for Americans, fears about the world around us. So it’s no surprise that after a most depressing 2015 in geopolitics, doom and gloom dominates 2016 predictions thus far. As if the ongoing civil war in Syria was not bad enough, the self-proclaimed Islamic...

    Rollback: Eastern Europe’s Populist Tide
    Jan06

    Rollback: Eastern Europe’s Populist Tide

    Can a democratic transition be reversed? The lesson of Central Europe since 2008 is a clear and depressing “yes”. The backsliding ranges from the deliberate and systematic demolition of independent institutions and political pluralism in Hungary, to the aggressive actions of Law and Justice in its first weeks in power in Poland, to...

    Coca Cola Accidentally Recognizes Crimea as Russia’s
    Jan06

    Coca Cola Accidentally Recognizes Crimea as Russia’s

    Ukrainians take offence after soft drinks giant’s social media campaign depicts annexed peninsula as part of Russia. …read more Source: Transitions Online...

    What Are the Big Challenges Facing Europe?
    Jan06

    What Are the Big Challenges Facing Europe?

    04 January 2016 Dr Robin Niblett CMGDirector, Chatham House This will be another year of intense and complex foreign policy challenges. But it will also be a year of revelations. David Cameron spoke at Chatham House in November 2015, where he outlined the UKs demands in negotiations with Brussels ahead of an in-out referendum on the UK’s...

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