Posted on GeopoliticusEuropean politics have been roiled over the past few years by the question of how the EU as a whole and its individual member states should deal with refugees seeking asylum from the ongoing wars throughout the Greater Middle East. Most attention has been ...Posted on Stephen Blank E-NotesA year ago, President Obama opined that Russian intervention in Syria would turn into a quagmire. One year later, however, Russia is expanding and consolidating its positions and goals in Syria. Bashar Assad’s rule looks more secure than ever, buttressed by Russian weapons (including ...Posted on Ann M. Lesch E-NotesThis essay addresses the unprecedented crackdown against advocacy organizations – a crackdown that could permanently silence voices who seek to foster an Egyptian polity based on the rule of law and respect for citizens’ rights. The government employs judicial investigations and selective arrests as ...Posted on Chris Miller E-NotesRussian tanks are not widely known as instruments of democracy, but at least one can claim that mantle. Twenty-five years ago this week, Boris Yeltsin, who would later become president of independent Russia, climbed on top of a tank in the center of Moscow ...Posted on BackChannelOn Thursday, November 17, 2016, the Foreign Policy Research Institute will present its 12th Annual Benjamin Franklin Award to critically acclaimed writer Kanan Makiya at its 2016 Annual Dinner, co-chaired by Marina Kats, Ronald J. Napes, and the Hon. Dov S. Zakheim. ...