At the new year, France will hand over the EU presidency to the Czech Republic.  In addition to a probable marked decline in summits (Mr. Sarkozy's specialty as of late), the incoming Czech leadership has many European bureaucrats worrying: the French successor, Czech president Václav Klaus, is a fervent Euroskeptic. 

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Atlantic Council chairman and National Security Advisor-designee Jim Jones continues to get widespread plaudits.  While Hillary Clinton is a household name and Bob Gates is an incumbent getting widespread praise for his performance, Jones is a relative unknown outside establishment circles.  

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Pakistani security forces have conduced a raid on a major Laskhar-e-Taiba training camp and captured a dozen terrorists, including Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, allegedly the mastermind of last month's Mumbai massacre.  It remains to be seen whether these are in fact the responsible parties and what follow-up action will be taken.

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As the world gears up for the UN Climate Change extravaganza (UN Framework Convention on Climate Change or UNFCC) in Copenhagen in December 2009, achieving a serious accord to establish post-2012 commitments that could slow or halt global warming increasingly appears a mirage. This was foreshadowed in the failure of last week's preparatory meeting in Poland.

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A prankster put India and Pakistan on the brink of war.  That this is possible demonstrates just how fragile that relationship is. That it didn't escalate, though, tells us something important, too.

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Tim Fernholz, a writing fellow at The American Prospect, explains "Why Jim Jones Will Make or Break Obama's Foreign Policy." 

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It's official – NATO will not offer Georgia and Ukraine Membership Action Plans (MAPs), Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said after a two-day summit of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels. 

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It's an article of faith that Barack Obama's inauguration will usher in a new era of transatlantic comity.

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The British papers are having a field day with a German parliamentary report's finding that Bundeswehr forces in Afghanistan are fat and drunk. 

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Analysts suggest that Iran is only one to two years away from being able to enrich the uranium needed for a nuclear bomb, and according to the most recent IAEA report Tehran remains silent over possible weaponization activities. How then does President Barack Obama address this growing crisis when he takes office in January?

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