Opinion

Freedom and Fair Justice for Moldova’s Imprisoned Anti-Corruption Prosecutor

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The political persecution of Moldova’s Anti-Corruption Prosecutor stands as President Sandu’s first big test in office.

The Dawn of a New 30 Years’ Crisis

cc Flickr Official U.S. Navy Page, modified, Official U.S. Navy Page USS George H. W. Bush transits the Atlantic Ocean. ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 8, 2017) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) transits the Atlantic Ocean during exercise Saxon Warrior 2017. The U.S. and United Kingdom co-hosted carrier strike group exercise demonstrates allied interoperability and capability to respond to crises and deter potential threats. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Theron J. Godbold/Released)170808-N-FP878-041, https://www.flickr.com/photos/usnavy/35628757294/in/photolist-WhoGfS-EG1Nzr-2assCKb-ZUsqQM-is7w3K-26E3ycw-22kKzcb-9cmpaL-28rtL6f-YCTuj3-21gDB6K-Q6CfVy-ZenH6m-24JgvTn-KRdPSP-TyJhHB-2cehmVF-YWRbvu-nb4A3G-YRwRhB-26BBnR1-2cYoRiG-27LPmju-yggvFX-22hocKf-H1zxEt-2cXUuXN-qUZyYd-o62bew-27LPyp1-DDHT3Z-BD6BY2-i5ZEEB-TqpaWJ-22KpNhP-2cXUxpG-9sFHpc-GySAj8-29no4gT-oL7MbT-29LS2jb-21DvJN7-29R9ntN-25xHV9X-KRdJtn-qRDdCs-SuwpHw-29sGRX3-29LWHbh-i5osTb

The Trump era will have lasting repercussions for US power and the structure of the global system.

Trump Unveils a New Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific

Ships from the Royal Australian Navy, Indian navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and the United States Navy participate in Malabar 2020., cc Flickr Official U.S. Navy Page, modified, https://www.flickr.com/photos/usnavy/50613870887/in/photolist-2k7zjsk-2k8s7Fo-2k89r7Y-CwWaMh-VAfibR-WRGbUK-Vy11vY-VABjDi-Vy12ij-Vy11WY-VxZZwo-WLxHNh-Vy115Y-YyiLr5-2dTgKFL-ZKcBLA-ZMX6cZ-ZJdAZ9-FRntMV-W35JeS-WH1K2J-WEc1eM-WEbZ9k-XiQ3Wi-L1sqBu-L1sqks-L1sqSE-2dTg7Xf-2dAocUi-2dThcf1-2eZe3Pn-5DFc39-2853ShY-Vsm6Ad-VsYesT-VzHAWo-WASr2E-Wt8vjV-VsYdyD-WgyQ6J-WASqmG-W5saTj-WgyNP5-WgyP4y-WNhu1L-WJyqWR-WgyQHA-WgyPsu-W7bPss-2853RBu

But was it really secret before its sudden declassification?

Winners and Losers as the Afghan Peace Process Enters its Endgame

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The ‘new normal’ will be forged by Afghan actors, but the stakes remain high for foreign stakeholders like China, the United States, India, and Pakistan.

Why Consociationalism is Not Helping in Post-Conflict Settings

President Slobodan Milosevic of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, President Alija Izetbegovic of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and President Franjo Tudjman of the Republic of Croatia initial the Dayton Peace Accords. The Balkan Proximity Peace Talks were conducted at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Nov. 1-21, 1995. The talks ended the conflict arising from the breakup of the Republic of Yugoslavia. The Dayton Accords paved the way for the signing of the final “General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina” on Dec. 14 at the Elysee Palace in Paris., .S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Brian Schlumbohm, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Search&title=Special:Search&redirs=0&search=dayton+accords&fulltext=Search&fulltext=Advanced+search&ns0=1&ns6=1&ns14=1&advanced=1&searchToken=ckjw4dq0m30ngxyxzqwjc5kr2#%2Fmedia%2FFile%3ADaytonAgreement.jpg

Many of consociationalism’s benefits are short-lived, and come at the cost of increased corruption and deadlocked politics.

A New EU Deal for the Balkans: Time to Remake the Anteroom

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The EU should stop taking its influence in the Western Balkans for granted and re-commit to economic engagement with the region.

The Limits of Military Intelligence in the Sahel

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In the absence of a multilateral approach targeting transnational factors destabilizing the Sahel, even the best military intelligence won’t be enough to stem the tide of extremism.

North Korea’s Nuclear Coercion as Diplomatic Statecraft

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Calls in the United States to reassess strategic patience reflect major advances in North Korea’s nuclear diplomacy.

Unearthing the Secret to COVID-19 Successes in New Zealand and Taiwan

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These two island democracies share several features that allowed them to weather the COVID-19 storm better than their peers.

China’s Foreign Policy Adrift upon Rivers of Sand

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To understand China’s foreign policy toward India and bordering ASEAN countries, one must understand its national water crisis.

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