All Those Croatian Presidents

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A brief recap of those who preceded newly elected president Zoran Milanović.

Azerbaijan Election: Stability at the Crossroads of Europe and Asia

cc Flickr ResoluteSupportMedia, modified, The Azerbaijani national flag ripples from the wind during a recognition ceremony held by Regimental Combat Team 5 at Camp Ripper, Al Asad, Iraq, Dec. 3, 2008. The Azerbaijan forces provided security at the Haditha Dam since August of 2003. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Chad L. Simon/Released), https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The poll result will allow Azerbaijan to power ahead with its reform program.

Li Wenliang: Censorship’s Latest Martyr


Li Wenliang’s death serves as a tragic reminder of how censorship harms society.

Vietnam Red Flags China with Travel and Visa Bans

Vietnam Street, Photo courtesy of Bui Minh Long

The Wuhan coronavirus is just the latest chapter in a long and complicated history between the two neighbors.

The Enduring Legacy of the Nuremberg and Tokyo Trials

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Though imperfect, the legacy of post-WWII justice is important and must be preserved.

EU Asleep at the Wheel in the Next Space Race

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Space is back on the geopolitical menu for every major global player – except Brussels.

Give Me Religion that Does Not Polarize Society

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Deliberate distortions abound in Indonesia’s conception of Islam.

Revisiting the Ukraine-Russia-EU Triangular Dynamics

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Assessing the wider issues that must be resolved if peace is to return to Ukraine.

Corruption and Mismanagement Plague the Iranian Petroleum Sector

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If past record is any indication, a healthy skepticism is warranted concerning Iran’s new oil discovery in Khuzestan province.

Tobacco Kills in More Ways than One

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Tobacco smuggling continues to fund trans-national criminal and terrorist networks around the world. But it doesn’t need to be this way.

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