The recently proposed constitutional amendments could constitute an important move in the political reform process in Jordan, but they are only a first step in the path to promoting true separation of powers and checks and balances.
By arresting former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, the Ukrainian authorities were trying to both weaken the domestic opposition and get Moscow to soften its stance on the gas prices. They appear to have failed to achieve either objective.
Turkey’s Kurdish question is that country’s single most important problem. It is and has always been a political problem. Successive Turkish governments have sought to resolve it either through repressive military and occasionally economic means.
The criminal prosecution of Ukraine’s former prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, and her associates reveals the fragility of Ukraine’s democracy and the weakness of rule of law in the country.
The EU should expect tenser relations with Turkey should Cyprus assume the bloc's presidency before a deal reunifying the divided island is reached.
Although many of the ingredients are in place for an upsurge of political activism in Palestine and a confrontation with Israel, internal obstacles and divisions could undermine any attempt at popular mobilization.
In his speech, President Obama laid out a less ambitious approach to the war in Afghanistan that abandons the long-term goals of nation building in favor of improved intelligence, special forces, drone attacks, and a smaller footprint in country.
While providing support to Moldova is important, it’s essential that the EU be tougher on Chisinau regarding its inability to implement reforms.
If Europe wishes to prevent long-term high unemployment and stagnation, Spain must acknowledge its own debt problems and Germany needs to recognize its role in promoting regional and global imbalances.
In this week’s legislative elections, a few hundred thousand votes will determine whether or not Turkey’s ruling party can move forward unimpeded with the most radical change in the country’s constitutional order since the transition to multi-party democracy in 1946.
The West must look ahead to when President Lukashenka is no longer in office and help the people of Belarus develop its civil society.
The European Union’s response to the dramatic events in Egypt has shown that in a fast-moving environment the Union has difficulty reacting in the way required of a serious global player.
Western support towards democratic transformations in the Middle East will require walking a fine line between welcome support and unwelcome interference.
President Obama's visit to Warsaw serves as a geopolitical re-investment in a region that hosts Europe’s most pro-American populace, and which had developed very serious doubts over whether the United States was still the reliable friend and ally they want so much.
As Belarus faces increased isolation and potential economic collapse, it is time for the international community to come together and seek a least bad outcome for the short term, while laying the foundation for long-term positive change.
Turkey’s June elections will represent a critical turning point in the country’s evolution, as their results shape Prime Minister Erdogan’s attempts to transform Turkey from a parliamentary to presidential government through a new constitution.
Europe, as Egypt’s most important creditor and trading partner, can play a unique role in supporting Egypt’s transition to democracy and guiding it onto a sound economic path.
The constitutional declaration put forward by the Supreme Council of Armed Forces in Egypt is a complicated and problematic document that does not resolve the fundamental issues facing the transition process.
Protest in Bahrain is not simply a domestic struggle for political rights and liberal reform; it is also a sectarian conflict between a Sunni monarchy in a majority-Shia country that is rapidly becoming part of a growing conflict between Saudi Arabia and the United States.
In spite of predicted growth in 2011, the Russian economy faces a number of serious challenges as it recovers from the global financial crisis.