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Thu, Sep 19, 2019

Trump’s Iran policy is widening the battlefield

The world remains shocked by the unprecedented attack on major Saudi oil facilities carried out by either Iran or one of its allies, Yemen’s Houthi rebels. Whoever was responsible, it seemed to have crossed one of the unstated red lines that have governed armed conflict in the Middle East and maintained a fragile state resembling […]

IranSource by Borzou Daragahi

Wed, Sep 18, 2019

The promise and peril of Ukraine’s borders

Many Ukrainians work abroad, and Ukraine’s western regions feel the labor shortage most acutely.

UkraineAlert by Ruslan Minich

Economy & Business Migration

Wed, Sep 18, 2019

What holds Ukraine back

It’s time for prison terms and the assertion of the rule of law. It also is time to draw the proverbial line in the sand, that the corrupt oligarchical practices in the economy, in politics, and in greater Ukrainian society will no longer be tolerated.

UkraineAlert by Yuri Polakiwsky

Corruption Democratic Transitions

Wed, Sep 18, 2019

More haste, less speed?

The focus needs to be broadened to include the entire range of oligarchs and not simply keep the spotlight on Kolomoisky.

UkraineAlert by Bohdan Nahaylo

Democratic Transitions Political Reform

Spotlight: Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

Critical Issues

Resilience

The growing threats of climate change, migration, natural disasters, and spillover from violent conflict are forcing policy makers to focus on the resilience of their societies and institutions. While not all crises can be avoided, societies can be made more resilient through proper preparation before, during, and after a disaster or shock occurs. 

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Disinformation

The rise of the internet and online social networks has altered the scope and scale at which people access, consume, and communicate information. But the same technologies that have democratized access to information have also enabled malicious actors who seek to undermine our democratic values and processes. Disinformation is false or misleading information spread with the intention to deceive.

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NATO

NATO is the bedrock of transatlantic security, encompassing nearly thirty democracies across North America and Europe. Created to defend against the Soviet Union, the Alliance today protects member states against conventional attack, engages in peacekeeping and stabilization operations, and leads counterterrorism and piracy efforts. NATO works with partner countries around the world and continues to promise an “open door” for countries to become members if they fulfill the Alliance’s democratic and operational standards.

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Critical Regions

Africa

A continent of fifty-four nations, Africa holds vast opportunity and promise. Its 1.2 billion population is expected to double by 2050 and become the world’s largest region. Alongside this demographic boom, Africa is home to almost half the world’s fastest-growing economies as its leaders are taking steps to expand the movement of goods, people, and capital within the continent. Demand for democracy is high and protest movements have proven that citizen activism can unseat consolidated African strongmen.

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Europe & Eurasia

Stretching from the shores of the Atlantic to the mountains of Central Asia, the European and Eurasian landmass contains both some of the most stable and wealthy countries in the world, as well as some of the poorest and those led by repressive regimes. After centuries of devastating conflicts, new institutions and organizations for economic, political, and security integration provide an opportunity to bring stability

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Middle East

Stretching from the Western Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean, the Middle East continues to be a region struggling with violent conflict, political repression, and poor development. Numerous pro-democracy protest movements, a burgeoning youth population, and efforts to reform governments and lessen economic dependence on oil, however, are causes for optimism. The United States and the international community must remain engaged with the region to provide support for these positive moves and to address the many remaining challenges.

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