Friday, May 29, 2015
  1. The EU’s Growing Credibility Deficit

    Ghia Nodia

    The EU’s Growing Credibility Deficit

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     says that Europe’s Ukraine policy is driving its eastern “partners” into Russia's embrace.

    President Vladimir Putin Miao Zhuang/ZumaPress

    In their quest to deepen ties with the EU, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine are taking serious risks and enduring considerable hardships. The longer the EU responds to these efforts with indifference and indecision, the faster it will drive its eastern “partners” into Russia’s embrace. READ MORE

  2. The AIIB and Chinese Strategy

    Yuriko Koike

    The AIIB and Chinese Strategy

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     warns that China's new multilateral institution is riddled by potential conflicts of interest.

    Stacking Renminbi Yi Fan/ZumaPress

    Next month, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank will hold its first general meeting, the aim being to launch operations before the end of the year. Will it turn out to be a bank of China, by China, and for China, or will it pursue a multilateral agenda in the manner of the World Bank and regional development banks? READ MORE

  3. Europe’s Movement Against Moving

    Harold James

    Europe’s Movement Against Moving

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     explains why labor mobility has become an issue in recent European elections.

    Train moving in Europe Carlos Bryant/Flickr

    The European Union has been a single labor market for nearly 30 years, but it was only after the global financial crisis that migration really took off. The result has been a backlash against it, both in the countries where workers arrive and, as Poland’s recent presidential election showed, in those from which they are leaving. READ MORE

  4. Paradise in Peril

    Charles Tannock

    Paradise in Peril

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     fears that the Maldives’ democratic transition has been aborted by the security forces.

    President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed/The Commonwealth/Flickr

    The plight of Mohamed Nasheed – the former president of the Maldives who has now been sentenced to 13 years imprisonment by the military government that overthrew him in 2012 – seems to have fallen off the world’s radar. This is bad news for the Maldives, where a fledgling democracy’s fate is inextricably tied to that of Nasheed. READ MORE

  5. Thailand’s Stunted Transition

    Thitinan Pongsudhirak

    Thailand’s Stunted Transition

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     explains why the country remains trapped between authoritarianism and democracy.

    Bangkok skytrain sunset Bangkok/Diliff/Wikimedia Commons

    One year after its 12th military coup in 83 years under constitutional rule, Thailand is beset with more questions than answers. The country will regain its footing only when, through compromise and mutual accommodation, it reshapes its contested political order to reflect the principles of an electoral democracy. READ MORE

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