Can Anti-Corruption Progress in Romania Become Contagious?

The battle against authoritarianism engulfs much of Eastern and Central Europe. Romania may emerge as a beacon of democratic hope.

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Nord Stream 2: Falling at the Last Fence?

Thanks to interventions by Washington or Brussels, Nord Stream 2 may end up either not being completed or, once completed, find that much of the pipeline cannot in fact be used.

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Central Europe: Democracy Intact, But Under Pressure

Polarized and despondent, the Czech Republic is not a happy place. Despite rising living standards, Czechs are stuck in a national malaise.

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Hong Kong: Past, Present, Future

An updated article collection on everything Hong Kong.

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“Trumping” the World: Rising Powers Eye a Post-American Global Order

As the U.S. steps back from shaping the world order, there is no reason to despair. It presents a historic opportunity for regional powers to fill the vacuum.

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U.S. Democracy and the Age of American Impotence

Yet another school shooting. U.S. democracy has devolved into a kabuki show. No real reform, no matter how pressing, ever gets done.

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Trump and Erdogan’s Blind Spot

Black Sea falls by the wayside in impeachment controversy.

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Poland’s Catholic Neo-Communists

PiS aims to create a repressive, homogeneous society not much different from the late unlamented Polish People’s Republic — albeit in the name of Jesus Christ, not Karl Marx.

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Putin’s Oligarchs and Yeltsin’s Oligarchs: All the Same?

The Putin oligarchs are billionaires who serve at the discretion of the state. The original Yeltsin-type oligarchs owned the state.

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Battleground Ukraine: Trump Vs. the State Department

Reflections on the art of diplomacy.

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