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Monthly Archives: January 2015

Authoritarian Trends in NATO Member States Undermine the Alliance’s Already Fragile Legitimacy

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By James Krotz For months now, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has been embroiled in a resurgent geopolitical conflict with Russia over events in Ukraine.  Beginning in March, when Russian-speaking separatists in the Crimea region of Ukraine voted in referendum to join the Russian Federation, NATO and Western leaders called the referendum “a breach […]

Amid Crumbling Ruble, Russian Armed Forces Remain Ready

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By James Krotz From Murmansk in the north to Crimea in the south, Russian army, navy and air forces remain on alert along Russia’s western border, despite the 50% drop in the value of the ruble in recent weeks.  Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is under intense pressure due to the state of the Russian […]

Je suis Charlie

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By Ana Fumurescu Just one week into 2015 the world was rattled by multiple terrorist attacks. Although it was Paris that endured bloodshed, it was the sanctity of freedom of expression that bore the red target on its back.  In an impressive show of solidarity, millions of people took to the streets across France to […]

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