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  • Commentary

    Kyrgyzstan: A Test for Mutual Security

    The crisis in Kyrgyzstan presents an opportunity for the three multilateral groups working in the area to do real, immediate good while building trust and demonstrating that cooperation is possible in the increasingly interconnected and fragile Eurasian security space.

  • Commentary

    The All-Too-Real Phantom Balance Sheet

    In the world of modern, interconnected markets, implied liabilities are everywhere that assets or countries or industries are seen as having a shared fate. In order to assess financial risks accurately, implied liabilities must be taken into consideration.

  • Commentary

    Iran's Intimidation Worked

    Intimidation by Ahmadinejad's regime succeeded in keeping opposition protesters off the streets on the first anniversary of Iran's rigged election. To regain its momentum, the Green Movement must tackle five key challenges.

  • Commentary

    Let the Renminbi Depreciate Rather than Appreciate

    The collapse of the euro presents an opportunity for China to introduce greater exchange rate flexibility and let the renminbi depreciate, in order to prevent dangerous speculative capital inflows.

  • Commentary

    Risk and Opportunity in the New Middle East

    With its increased regional and global influence, Turkey is in a position to seize a leading role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to challenge Iran for leadership of regional public opinion.

  • Commentary

    Turkey's Moment of Inflection

    The Turkish government’s handling of its Kurdish minority and the state of its civil-military relations will determine the longevity of the current improvement in Turkish political economy.

  • Commentary

    Why is Obama Calling Merkel?

    The United States has a vital interest in containing the Euro crisis, and Germany’s leadership or lack of it will determine whether the response to the crisis succeeds or the euro zone unravels.

  • Commentary

    Obama Needs to Support Egyptians as Well as Mubarak

    Obama's Cairo speech had the admirable goal of improving relations with the Muslim world, but the administration has focused almost exclusively on building bridges with leaders and governments rather than supporting political and human rights.

  • Commentary

    The Initial Outcomes of the Foreign Policy of Viktor Yanukovych

    In his first 100 days in office, Ukrainian President Yanukovych has set a positive new tone in his country's relations with Russia and reaffirmed Ukraine’s strategic orientation towards Europe.

  • Commentary

    Turkey Emerges as Middle East Leader

    The flotilla incident is the culmination of a slow drift in Turkish-Israeli relations. As the Israelis are increasingly subject to international opprobrium, Turkey’s strategic importance in the region is ascendant.

  • Commentary

    Freely Elected Mayors a Dying Breed

    The Russian government has been stepping up efforts to cancel the direct election of mayors following the cancellation of direct gubernatorial elections in 2004.

  • Commentary

    Ban Nuclear Tests in Middle East

    A nuclear-test-free zone in the Middle East would be a realistic and practical way to lower regional tensions.

  • Commentary

    A Hollow 'Reset' With Russia

    Russia’s engagement with the United States on Iran’s nuclear ambitions has not changed significantly since 2007, in spite of the Obama administration’s emphasis on the success of the ‘reset.’

  • Commentary

    China Falls Victim to Greek Deficit Contagion

    China’s steps to limit the damage from the Greek crisis will necessarily shift the brunt of the economic adjustment to other countries, unless the major trading powers can reach a burden-sharing agreement.

  • Commentary

    Turkey is the Only Middle Eastern Country Pointing Toward the Future

    Turkey is an increasingly important player in the Middle East. It has embraced modern economic realities and has created a space for the coexistence of democracy, secularism, Islam, science, individuality, and community all in the same society.

  • Commentary

    Risks of Maghreb’s Excessive Economic Reliance on Europe

    The countries of the Maghreb need to shape their policies and programs in order to diversify their trade and financial partners and sever the ties that bind them to the fate of the European economy.

  • Commentary

    Lift EU Visas for Russians

    Lifting visa requirements on travel from Russia to the European Union is likely to bring Russian citizens further into the institutional, normative, and cultural pathways of Europe.

  • Commentary

    The U.S.' Eurozone Problem

    • Uri Dadush
    • May 14, 2010
    • Council on Foreign Relations

    The economies of the United States and Europe are tightly linked via trade, investment, and financial markets. If the Euro crisis spreads, U.S. banking and export sectors will suffer.

  • Commentary

    Europe Bought Time and Not Much Else

    Europe’s massive rescue package has bought time for its most troubled economies, but, unless these countries move forward with necessary—and deeply unpopular—reforms, the newly available money will do little to save them.

  • Commentary

    A Far-Away Country in Need of Help

    Most Europeans rank Yemen low on their list of priorities. Yet the country threatens their interests more than they recognize, and they can do more about it than they might think.


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