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    Putin’s Power Play in Syria
    Dec11

    Putin’s Power Play in Syria

    At the end of September, Russia began conducting air strikes in Syria, ostensibly to combat terrorist groups. The strikes constitute Russia’s biggest intervention in the Middle East in decades. Its unanticipated military foray into Syria has transformed the civil war there into a proxy U.S.-Russian conflict and has raised the stakes in the...

    Merkel’s Year of Crisis Leadership
    Dec10

    Merkel’s Year of Crisis Leadership

    Transatlantic TakeIt was German Chancellor Angela Merkel who “stepped in” to keep Europe together when “not once or twice but three times this year there has been reason to wonder whether Europe could continue to exist,” says the TIME article that names her person of the year. In the course of the decade that Angela Merkel has governed Germany,...

    The West’s Silver Lining in Turkey-Russia Tensions
    Dec04

    The West’s Silver Lining in Turkey-Russia Tensions

    The fallout from Turkey’s shooting down of a Russian warplane that violated its airspace over Thanksgiving week has continued to reverberate with regional and global implications. Moscow’s reaction has been predictably fast and furious, stopping short of armed retaliation but including almost everything else against Ankara, including...

    The Five Most Contentious Issues on the Road to Warsaw
    Dec04

    The Five Most Contentious Issues on the Road to Warsaw

    The 2016 NATO Summit in Warsaw will take place in a distressing period with multiple security crises in the European neighborhood as well as risks of political division within the Alliance.[1] Yet, in the midst of an outstanding series of challenges, the transatlantic partnership has also shown its unique resistance and provided reasons for...

    Montenegro to Walk Through NATO’s Open Door: Can More of the Balkans Follow?
    Dec03

    Montenegro to Walk Through NATO’s Open Door: Can More of the Balkans Follow?

    Transatlantic TakeWASHINGTON—At the 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago, then U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton famously said, “I believe this should be the last summit that is not an enlargement summit.” She was to be immediately disappointed: the subsequent NATO summit in Cardiff passed without new members. Now, for the first time in seven years,...

    Reckless Russia: Putin is Underestimating the Risks of His Actions in Syria
    Dec03

    Reckless Russia: Putin is Underestimating the Risks of His Actions in Syria

    Nearly two months after Russia ramped up its presence in Syria, the complexity of the conflict has grown exponentially. President Vladimir Putin’s move in Syria has not stabilized the region. It has not pushed back the waves of violent extremism. It has not provided an easier path to end the fighting or decreased the numbers of refugees...

    Russia Remains An Unlikely Partner for France Against ISIS
    Dec01

    Russia Remains An Unlikely Partner for France Against ISIS

    French President François Hollande continues his diplomatic marathon this week in Paris, hosting the international COP21 climate conference. However, despite renewed condolences from all sides, the limits of what Hollande can achieve were starkly apparent during his discussions with President Obamas and Putin on November 24 and 26: there will be...

    Transforming the German Armed Forces for a European Future
    Nov25

    Transforming the German Armed Forces for a European Future

    Military power is back as a currency in world politics. A more European Bundeswehr is not a choice but a necessity. The Bundeswehr is turning 60. While individuals that age may focus on their retirement, the armed forces of Germany face an uncertain future of significant change and greater activity. The international landscape of multiple crises...

    Success in Ukraine could Threaten Western Unity
    Nov20

    Success in Ukraine could Threaten Western Unity

    Transatlantic TakeWASHINGTON—Today’s headlines about Syria obscure a major triumph for Western policy. Ukraine seems to be heading toward an informal settlement largely on European and U.S. terms. Yet this success could threaten the very Western unity that brought it about. Over the past three months, Ukraine has witnessed a stable cease...

    Poland’s Balanced De-Europeanization and the ENP
    Nov18

    Poland’s Balanced De-Europeanization and the ENP

    WARSAW—Largely Eastern-oriented, Polish foreign policy has filled a gap in Brussels: Warsaw has been perceived as the spokesperson for the former Soviet republics striving to join the European family and it has built its foreign policy reputation in Europe around that role. This has also served its own transformation well as a recently joined...

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