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Geopoliticus: The FPRI Blog

Geopoliticus: The FPRI Blog

Azerbaijan’s Best and Worst Moments of 2015: The European Games, Fake British tourists, Currency Devaluations, and More

February 3, 2016 - 3:57pm

Despite all the show and the glamor of the European Games, 2015 went down as one of the most challenging years full of disappointment and resentment for the people of Azerbaijan. Leaving behind 2014's problems with arrested journalists and the silencing of civil society, there was much hope that the year 2015, and the first European Games, would see... Read more... Tags: Azerbaijan, 2015, European Games, Ilham Aliyev, Azerbaijani Manat, Intigam Aliyev, Program on Democratic Transitions

The Follies of “Mission Accomplished”

January 13, 2016 - 11:55am

Misión cumplida: lo tenemos,” dispatched Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto over Twitter on January 8, 2016. “Mission accomplished: we have him.” Mexican Marines had just captured Joaquín Guzmán-Loera, or El Chapo, the Sinaloa Cartel’s leader and world’s largest narcotics distributor. Requisite congratulations to his cabinet followed.

... Read more... Tags: drug war, Mexico, Joaquín Guzmán-Loera, El Chapo, Enrique Peña Nieto, Felipe Calderón, President Barack Obama, President George W. Bush, Mission Accomplished

President Obama’s Last State of the Union Speech: An FPRI Primer

January 12, 2016 - 5:04pm

Tonight, President Obama will deliver the last State of the Union Address of his presidency. This prime time speech offers him an opportunity both to celebrate his accomplishments and to sketch his priorities as his presidency enters its final year. News leaks suggest that the speech will not include many policy specifics, since the president has no plans to present any new initiatives to Congress. Presidents often spend their last years in office focusing on foreign affairs and... Read more... Tags: President Barack Obama, State of the Union Address, Primer, U.S. Foreign Policy, Cuba, Iran, Trans-Pacific Partnership, ISIS, terrorism, China, Russia

Estonia's D5 Presidency

January 11, 2016 - 3:29pm

Estonia hosted the second annual Digital 5 Summit in November 2015. Established in 2014 by the UK, the Digital 5 is a network of the world's most digitally advanced nations that meets to share ideas on how to improve digital government services and strengthen the digital economy. Estonia embraced the concept of digital governance over a decade ago, and has since become a world leader in the use of technology.

... Read more... Tags: Estonia, Digital 5 Summit, Digital Governance, Taavi Rõivas, Project on Democratic Transitions

Baltic Nations and the Continuing EU Refugee Crisis

January 4, 2016 - 10:15am

More than a million migrants and refugees escaped to Europe in 2015, creating divisions between the European Union member states over how to best deal with the crisis. The European Commission designed a quota system to distribute refugees among the member states, using criteria such as the size of the population, GDP, unemployment rates, and the number of asylum applications received in the past. The mandatory quota proposal has strained relations between western, eastern and central... Read more... Tags: European Union, European Commission, Refugree Policies, Baltic States, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Program on Democratic Transitions