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Marathon for Navalny: How Should the Russian Opposition Act in Order to Succeed?

May 22, 2017 · Abbas Gallyamov

The growing protest movements in Russia and the recent gains of the opposition, such as the anti-corruption marches led by Alexei Navalny, did not lead to a radical weakening of the Putin regime. The government’s power is not currently ...

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New Moon on the Rise, but No Revolution?

May 18, 2017 · Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein

Through the run-up to South Korea’s presidential election that took place on May 9, 2017, much of the international attention was focused on Moon Jae-in—the clear favorite to win—and his foreign policy ideas and pronouncements. Tensions on the Korean ...

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Getting Peshmerga Reform Right: Helping the Iraqi Kurds to Help Themselves in Post-ISIS Iraq

May 16, 2017 · Samuel Helfont

As the United States looks toward developing policies for a post-ISIS Iraq, preventing violence between Kurdish factions in Iraq will continue to be a key strategic interest. As this report argues, the United States would benefit greatly from a ...

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Tolerating the “Intolerable Partner:” Once Shunned, Bulgaria’s United Patriots Joins the Governing Coalition

May 12, 2017 · John R. Haines

Several weeks after winning a plurality in Bulgaria’s late March parliamentary election, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov did something unprecedented: he brought the nationalist United Patriots (Obedineni Patrioti) into his coalition government. The United Patriots is an electoral alliance of ...

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President Macron’s France: Between Internal Turmoil and External Crossroads

May 10, 2017 · Hajnalka Vincze

“One only comes out of ambiguity to their own detriment,” this maxim often repeated by former President François Mitterrand sounds like a premonitory warning in the aftermath of Emmanuel Macron’s election in France. Indeed, for the new president whose ...

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The Future of Mexico, Part II: As Mexico City Turns

May 9, 2017 · David Danelo

On January 29, 2016, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto signed a law changing the official name of Mexico’s capital region from Distrito Federal, or D.F., to Ciudad de Mexico. Beyond altering nearly two centuries of dialectical urban description—the region ...

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The First Hundred Days: Trump Meets Asia…and Reality

May 1, 2017 · June Teufel Dreyer

The first 100 days of a president’s term—the “honeymoon period,” during which his power and influence are believed to be their greatest—are, whether rightly or wrongly, regarded as a predictor of a president’s success during the remainder of his ...

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Can a Hydra Ever Be a Good Pet? Federal Information Technology Modernization’s Likely Failure

April 24, 2017 · Lawrence Husick

In Greek mythology, the Hydra was a many-headed serpent (accounts range from six to more than 50 heads) which grew back at least two heads for each one lopped off. The Hydra had poisonous breath and blood so virulent ...

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Birds of a Feather: As Viktor Orbán’s Cronies Unload on President Trump, Orbán Sidles Up to President Putin

April 17, 2017 · John R. Haines

The Hungarian proverb Madarat tolláról, embert barátjáról translates roughly as “You can tell a bird by its feathers, and a person by his friends.” If so, it says much about Hungarian President Viktor Orbán. ...

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Mar-a-Lago: The Summit that Wasn’t

April 10, 2017 · June Teufel Dreyer

Palm Beach heaved a collective sigh of relief as Chinese President Xi Jinping’s plane lifted off from the county airport. Gone were the noisy cheers of his supporters and the anti-Xi banners and jeers of Falongong practitioners, human rights ...

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