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relationship between Turkey and the European Union is on the rocks. Turkey
cannot be considered eligible for membership, but the accession process remains
officially ongoing. A collapse of the talks seems likely – but that would cause
more problems than it would solve. Forging a new kind of partnership would have
plenty of benefits, but would require ending accession negotiations. Sticking
with the status quo gives both sides what they want, for now.
Dr. Michael Leigh
Recent political developments in Hungary and Poland have been interpreted as portending a reversal of westernization. If history is any guide, this perception is wrong. It is true that the region appears headed for institutional turbulence that could foster growing political and economic volatility. But a more serious upheaval is virtually precluded by the region’s...
External shocks and structural problems are threatening the viability of the Gambia, the smallest economy on the African mainland. While the government has implemented a few corrective measures recommended by the International Monetary Fund, the outlook remains decidedly gloomy.
<i>The country’s un...
Teresa Nogueira Pinto
Latin American countries are beginning to develop a stronger sense of regional identity and with it a collective power. Several new regional organisations are emerging to portray this collective identity and to develop interests in trade and in common standards of governance, human rights and democracy.
LATIN American cou...
Dr. Joseph S. Tulchin
The global security order is under severe stress - and severe threat. And much of the current trouble has been caused by a shift in how Western academic and political circles approach problems of international security. A move towards ‘universal values’, of orchestrated regime change, and the West’s promotion of its own vision of democracy has produced global compl...
Professor Stefan Hedlund