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Europe Politics

Deconstructing Serbia and Macedonia’s 2016 elections

Upcoming elections will consolidate the ruling party’s grip on power in Serbia and could well return a disgraced government to power in Macedonia. EU leaders will gloss over the former,

International Politics The Week Ahead

Weekly Risk Outlook

New Hampshire holds primary. Obama sends budget to Congress. NATO Ministers meet. Google execs appear before UK Parliament. South African President releases address. All in the Weekly Risk Outlook. New Hampshire holds nation’s first primary,

Europe

EU clout in Western Balkans: predictions for 2016

Amid concerns over increased Russian influence in the Western Balkans, the progress of two countries – Serbia and Macedonia – in early 2016 will act as a good indicator of

Asia Pacific Politics

Book review: The China challenge: Shaping the Choices of a Rising Power

GRI’s Robert Shines reviews Thomas J. Christensen’s lastest book, “The China Challenge”. Shines argues that holes exist in the author’s main thesis. In “The China Challenge: Shaping The Choices of

Europe Politics

Belarus Walks a Tightrope

Five years after the United States and the European Union imposed sanctions on Belarus for violently suppressing political opposition in the 2010 presidential elections, the sanctions have been lifted after

Europe Politics

What to expect in Europe in 2016

In addition to the continuation of current crises, Europe will face new matters of contention in 2016. Nationalism and fragmentation within the EU will keep growing, including on the Brexit

International Security

Opinion: Putin’s political calculus in Syria harms Russian interests

In precluding cooperation with NATO in the pursuit of a number of narrow and limited benefits, Putin is missing the greater benefits of what Russia could achieve by working with,

Middle East/North Africa Security

Are Turkey and Russia headed for confrontation?

Turkey shoots down a Russian fighter jet. Sam Leonard explores what this means for the future of Turkish-Russian relations in this GRI Guest Post.  The news this morning that Turkey

Europe Security

France’s war on terror may overextend its resources

With France in open war with the Islamic State after the November 13th attacks in Paris that left 129 people dead, its commitments and ability to credibly fulfill them is

Europe Security

Will NATO trigger a war with Russia?

Heads of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are considering sending 4,000 ground troops in to Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia as a response to Russia’s actions in the Crimea