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Russia in the Arctic: Friend or Foe?

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Russia is making great strides in the Arctic. Should other Arctic Council states be concerned?

Global Forecast (04-17-2018)

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Ambivalence in the United States on new Russia sanctions, a Jupiter rises to defend democracy in Europe, and the IMF predicts solid global growth for 2018.

Legal Ramifications in the Self-Driving Car Era

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The advent of self-driving cars will inevitably give rise to difficult legal questions.

Hungarian Voters Deal a Blow to the European Union

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Viktor Orbán’s decisive election victory sets the stage for a long-delayed East-West battle over what lies at the heart of the European Union.

Mass Strikes Grind France’s Rail Network to a Halt

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President Emmanuel Macron is taking on an institution that has bested many of his predecessors: France’s state-owned rail network.

The End of British Influence?

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The twin pillars of UK foreign policy – its ‘special relationship’ with the U.S. and central presence in the EU – have collapsed, and the ensuing diplomatic isolation is on full display following the Skripal poisoning.

Rising Tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean: Another South China Sea?

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Border disputes, lucrative energy resources, and an aggressive regional hegemon – the similarities between the Eastern Mediterranean and the South China Sea are striking.

Lithuania’s Choice: Nuclear Safety or Spare Vehicle Parts

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Lithuania doesn’t need to rely on EU funding to advance key projects like Rail Baltica and decommissioning the Ignalina nuclear power plant.

Italy: Still Part of the PIGS Club?

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Has austerity and EU intervention forestalled the possibility of a Greece-like repeat in Italy, or merely delayed it?

Global Forecast (03-08-2018)

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A slog expected in Italian coalition talks, more details of President Trump’s tariffs come to light, and the Japanese economy didn’t have such a bad fourth quarter after all.

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