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      Dear Ukraine: Please Don’t Shoot Yourself in the Foot
      Apr27

      Dear Ukraine: Please Don’t Shoot Yourself in the Foot

      Despite the unceasing flare-ups of separatist violence in the Donbass, Ukraine’s new government has managed to take some steps to move the country forward: it has passed legislation to combat corruption, secured funding to stabilize the economy, and reined in its oligarchs. But the country’s national parliament, the Supreme Rada, has...

      U.S. Assumes Arctic Council Leadership Amid Increasing Tension in the Far-North
      Apr25

      U.S. Assumes Arctic Council Leadership Amid Increasing Tension in the Far-North

      Last weekend, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin sparked a minor diplomatic crisis when he decided to visit the Norwegian island of Svalbard. Blacklisted from entering most of Europe due to sanctions related to Russian actions in Ukraine, Rogozin stopped on the Arctic island en route to a Russian scientific mission on the North Pole. He...

      No Deal in Sight for Greece
      Apr24

      No Deal in Sight for Greece

      Greece is one step closer to running out of money, after a meeting of European finance ministers Friday closed without a deal or any indication that a compromise over a needed influx of bailout money was likely before the end of the month. The impasse is bringing Athens closer to default and the possible need to leave the eurozone. Instead of an...

      Situation Report: Mystery cash in Afghanistan; bigger guns for U.S. troops in Eastern Europe; Russia continues to bulk up; and more fun stuff
      Apr24

      Situation Report: Mystery cash in Afghanistan; bigger guns for U.S. troops in Eastern Europe; Russia continues to bulk up; and more fun stuff

      By Paul McLeary and Ariel Robinson When too much still isn’t enough. Seems that for a brief time, U.S. military commanders in Afghanistan found a new way to fund their wartime projects by pulling cash out of a fund set aside for small reconstruction projects. Unsurprisingly, we have no real idea where that cash went. Between 2008 and 2014,...

      EU to Gazprom: Play by the Rules
      Apr22

      EU to Gazprom: Play by the Rules

      The European Union charged Russian energy giant Gazprom Wednesday with using unfair competitive practices in the natural gas business in Central and Eastern Europe, opening up another contentious flank between Brussels and Moscow at a time of heightened tension over Russian aggression in Ukraine. EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager...

      Europe Throws Down the Gauntlet at Gazprom
      Apr22

      Europe Throws Down the Gauntlet at Gazprom

      European Union competition officials will likely throw the book at Russian energy giant Gazprom on Wednesday, flexing Brussels’s strongest muscle and potentially reshaping an energy sector that has worked largely to Moscow’s advantage since the 1970s. EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who leapt into global headlines last...

      Situation Report: China looking at floating bases; Islamic State’s weed; defense contractors eye two big prizes; and lots more
      Apr21

      Situation Report: China looking at floating bases; Islamic State’s weed; defense contractors eye two big prizes; and lots more

      By Paul McLeary and Ariel Robinson I’m on a boat. Forget about China building its own islands out of rocks in the South China Sea. Two Chinese companies are working on constructing massive, 2 km long floating sea bases that can move around according to need, and conduct a range of military operations. The idea is to build multiple...

      Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, April 20, 2015
      Apr20

      Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, April 20, 2015

      To keep up with Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Yuliya Bila urges Ukraine to decentralize, arguing that devolving power to local authorities will strengthen the quality of governance and bolster democracy. Robert Looney warns that Ethiopia’s economic miracle threatens to run out of steam unless the government...

      Situation Report: More chemical weapons in Syria; Islamic State kicked out of Baiji; French weapons for Lebanon, Chinese oil pumping through Pakistan; and more
      Apr20

      Situation Report: More chemical weapons in Syria; Islamic State kicked out of Baiji; French weapons for Lebanon, Chinese oil pumping through Pakistan; and more

      By Paul McLeary and Ariel Robinson New Day Rising? On April 19, the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said that Iraqi forces “regained full control” over the Baiji oil refinery after having cleared the massive facility of Islamic State fighters. The facility has been a flashpoint for months, with Iraqi forces inside slugging it out with waves of...

      Anna’s Army
      Apr17

      Anna’s Army

      At 4 a.m., two Ford Transit vans barrel down an otherwise empty road on their way to a military camp at an undisclosed location in the Donbass region of Ukraine. The temperature is a brutal negative 13 degrees and with no working heat, the vans’ passengers are bundled in sleeping bags, as they have been all through the night. Just 10 hours...