Europe Feels the Trump Effect

December 13, 2017

Trump’s election has had the unexpected effect of fostering greater initiative from the EU, forcing Europe into taking on a bigger role on the global stage. The day after Donald Trump’s election as US president, a shocked Frank-Walter Steinmeier, then Germany’s foreign minister and now...

Spain’s Art Repatriation Feud with Catalonia

December 02, 2017

Spain sees Catalonia as a property. The use of direct rule to recover disputed art proves it. The Spanish government has been exercising direct rule over Catalonia since October. This week, Spanish Culture Minister Iñigo Méndez de Vigo, acting as Catalan culture minister, has used his...

Ratko Mladic is Convicted of War Crimes

November 25, 2017

Ratko Mladić has been convicted, but justice hasn’t entirely been served in The Hague. The conviction of Ratko Mladić in The Hague for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the Bosnian War hardly came as a big surprise. The evidence was strong and stacked up...

Europe and the Middle East Are on the Verge of Unraveling

October 05, 2017

From Catalonia to Kurdistan, long simmering regions are clamoring for their own states. Democracy can be messy. In the northeast corner of Spain this week, democracy was downright chaotic. Catalans went to the polls on October 1 to vote in a referendum on whether to stay in Spain or go their...

Europe is Training Military Forces in Weak States

September 26, 2017

A well-trained military is crucial to a functioning civil democracy, but it can be a liability too. Within hours of the death of Guinea’s president in 2008, four officers trained by the German military launched a coup d’état. Led by Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, who proudly wore the red...

Can Trump Actually Cut (Good) Deals on Diplomacy?

July 13, 2017

From North Korea to Russia to the Middle East, there's no shortage of deal-making needed. But beware the fine print of anything with Trump's insignia. American beef is now available in China — as a result of a deal that Donald Trump made with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. In exchange, Chinese...

Estonia’s EU Presidency: A Model Country Takes the Helm

July 05, 2017

Estonia takes over the EU presidency for the second half of 2017. The European Union, and the Western-led liberal-internationalist world order more generally, have been constantly shaken by crises and uncertainty in recent years. The political bloc has struggled with an economic crisis and...

Europe’s Refugee Crisis Has Not Gone Away

July 04, 2017

The refugee crisis in the Mediterranean sees record-high death tolls. Though it might have temporarily disappeared from news headlines, the European migrant and refugee crisis has not gone away. On the contrary, the situation is drastic and urgent. Most recent estimates by the UN Refugee Agency...

Is It Possible to Undo 2016?

June 16, 2017

If an entire system is heading toward a cliff, there’s no better brake than bureaucracy. The two events that put 2016 in the history books — alongside other pivotal years such as 2001, 1989 and 1945 — were, of course, the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom and the election of Donald Trump...

Another Attack and Still Little Prevention Education

June 12, 2017

By educating people about coercive and dangerous relationships that lead to radicalization, we can build resilience to these methods in our population. Another attack, and once again I ask myself: When will we begin to educate our young people to recognize and protect themselves from the...

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