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    Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, April 20, 2015
    Apr20

    Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, April 20, 2015

    To keep up with Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Yuliya Bila urges Ukraine to decentralize, arguing that devolving power to local authorities will strengthen the quality of governance and bolster democracy. Robert Looney warns that Ethiopia’s economic miracle threatens to run out of steam unless the government...

    Russian deputy prime minister: ‘The Arctic is a Russian Mecca’
    Apr20

    Russian deputy prime minister: ‘The Arctic is a Russian Mecca’

    According to Russia’s deputy prime minister, the Arctic has an almost unparalleled level of political and spiritual importance for the Russian people. In a succinct tweet, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said “the Arctic is a Russian Mecca.” Арктика – русская Мекка pic.twitter.com/79Eh4aSkpR — Dmitry Rogozin...

    Are Tyrants Only Local Thugs?
    Apr20

    Are Tyrants Only Local Thugs?

    If we see that tyrants lack hope, making them myopic in their historical outlook, we might also argue that their actions are circumscribed to their dominions. Tyrants, in other words, may be only local thugs and thus have less impact on international stability than they might otherwise. Applied to today, this argument would suggest that a tyrant...

    U.S., Ukraine kick off joint military exercises
    Apr20

    U.S., Ukraine kick off joint military exercises

    Troops from the United States and Ukraine kicked off joint training exercises Monday intended to help bolster Ukraine’s defences against incursions from Russian-backed separatists in the east. …read more Source: CTV...

    EU ‘to announce anti-trust charges against Gazprom’
    Apr20

    EU ‘to announce anti-trust charges against Gazprom’

    Brussels (AFP) – EU regulators will announce on Wednesday anti-trust charges against Russia energy giant Gazprom, sources close to the matter told AFP.The European Commission formally opened its probe in September 2012 and has significantly delayed moving forward due to tensions with Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine.The EU will officially...

    Letter From Europe: Competing Over World War II’s Memory
    Apr20

    Letter From Europe: Competing Over World War II’s Memory

    The echoes of World War II have never stopped reverberating in France. But perhaps nowhere is the divergence over the memory of the war more acute than between Russia and Ukraine. …read more Source: The New York...

    U.S., Kyiv Launch Joint Training Exercises In Western Ukraine
    Apr20

    U.S., Kyiv Launch Joint Training Exercises In Western Ukraine

    U.S. and Ukrainian troops have begun joint training exercises in Western Ukraine in a bid to strengthen government forces that are fighting Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Cyprus: Russia’s Potemkin Village in the European Union?
    Apr20

    Cyprus: Russia’s Potemkin Village in the European Union?

    Cyprus recently signed an agreement with Russia giving the Kremlin’s navy ships the right to access the island nation’s ports. Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades quickly specified that this agreement, signed during his visit in Moscow in February, was merely the symbolic renewal of a former 1996 agreement that existed between the...

    US, Ukraine Start Military Training, Defying Russian Fury
    Apr20

    US, Ukraine Start Military Training, Defying Russian Fury

    Troops from the United States and Ukraine kicked off joint training exercises Monday intended to help bolster Ukraine’s defenses against incursions from Russian-backed separatists in the east. Speaking under driving rain at a military base in the western region of Lviv, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said the country’s armed...

    Tongue-Tied on Ukraine’s Front Lines
    Apr20

    Tongue-Tied on Ukraine’s Front Lines

    Three years ago, well before the war in Ukraine began, Roman Matys was shopping at Tommy Hilfiger in downtown Lviv when a sales clerk offered him a customer loyalty card. As Matys read the registration form, he noticed it was in Russian. Like most people in Ukraine, he speaks the language, but the principle of the matter annoyed him. The country...