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NATO steps up pressure along Russia borders

NATO recent exercises in Moldova and Georgia are part of a wider strategy aimed at increasing military pressure on Moscow in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus.

Economics Europe

Montenegro: another Balkan nation to experience unrest

Montenegro is currently experiencing instability over its proposed membership of NATO, corruption allegations and anticipated elections later this year. Uncertainty blights the countries of the former Yugoslavia. Crisis has gripped

Europe Middle East/North Africa

European military intervention in Syria

The European Union needs to correctly assess the risks and opportunities of sending land-forces into Syria and Iraq in order to fight the Islamic State.

Europe Politics

Political developments in Ukraine raise risk of instability

Recent developments do not bode well for Ukraine’s political stability and conflict resolution efforts. Following an ease of violence lasting several months, fighting has once again shot up in eastern

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