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Ukraine Crisis Timeline: Talk of Peace, Acts of War

Posted by Maia Otarashvili
July 31, 2014 - 4:13pm

By: Adrian A. Basora and Aleksandr Fisher 

The destruction of Malaysian Airways flight MH17 has finally galvanized Western European leaders into taking serious action against Moscow’s continued attempts to dominate or to destabilize Ukraine. However, despite the significant sanctions announced on July 29 by both... Read more... Tags: Project on Democratic Transitions, Ukraine, Russia, Alexander Fisher

Hunger for Power in Hungary? The Alarming Nature of Viktor Orban’s New “Manifesto”

Posted by Maia Otarashvili
July 30, 2014 - 1:18pm

The recent rise of authoritarianism in Eurasia and elsewhere seems to be encouraging further destabilization of other fragile democracies. As if the Russia-instigated and still ongoing Ukraine crisis was not enough, liberal regression and uncertainty in the region continues to take new and alarming forms. This time Hungary’s brash Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is making headlines; during a visit to Baile Tusnad, Romania this past weekend, Orbán spoke to... Read more... Tags: Project on Democratic Transitions, Hungary, European Union, Democracy

Japan’s Constitutional Reinterpretation and Its Pursuit of New Security Relationships

Posted by Felix K. Chang
July 8, 2014 - 9:45am

On July 1, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe announced that his cabinet approved a resolution to reinterpret Article Nine of Japan’s 67-year old constitution.  That article, which stipulates that Japan would forever renounce war as a sovereign right, effectively forbids its military from coming to the aid of allies under attack or, in other words, engaging in what it calls “collective self-defense.”  The new cabinet resolution would remove that restriction.  It would also relax the limits... Read more... Tags: Japan, Shinzō Abe, Article Nine, constitution, War Powers, Security Relationships, Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement

Arts, Culture, Geopolitics: FX's Tyrant

Posted by Tally Helfont
June 25, 2014 - 3:15pm

It seems like the events of September 11th, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the Arab Spring have caused art to imitate life-–in this case, in the form of dramatic television series. FX recently premiered its own addition to this emerging genre with its new series about the fictional Middle Eastern dictatorship of Abbudin, and the Al Fayeed family that rules it. Based on an amalgamation of Saddam’s Iraq and al-Assad’s Syria,... Read more... Tags: Arts Culture Geopolitics, FX Tyrant, Television, Middle East, Art imitating life

Afghan Presidential Election - Second Round Glevum Face-to-Face Opinion Survey - Key Findings

Posted by Michael Noonan
June 12, 2014 - 8:54am

By Andrew Garfield

Summary: In this second poll from Glevum Associates, results indicate that Ashraf Ghani has taken the lead (48%) over Abdullah Abdullah (45%) for the second round of voting, according to a face-to-face survey of 2,223 Afghans interviewed from June 4th to June 10th. When asked who would bring peace to Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani was again in... Read more... Tags: