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The Russian Orthodox Church and the Putin Regime: Still Bedfellows?

The Russian Orthodox Church and the Putin Regime: Still Bedfellows?

The Church leadership is proving to be a dividing force in Russia that antagonizes a relatively small but active and politically significant minority.

Localizing Islam in Europe: Religious Activism among Turkish Islamic Communities

Localizing Islam in Europe: Religious Activism among Turkish Islamic Communities

It may be premature to talk about a distinct European Islam. Yet, the diverse activism among Turkish Islamic organizations indicates that Islam is incrementally but surely localizing in Europe.

A Post-Structuralist Agenda for Development?

A Post-Structuralist Agenda for Development?

The deconstructive approach is similar to the agenda propounded by post-development analysts, but if anything it is more inclusive. Development should be considered as a continual process of improvement rather than as a final goal

Drones: The Future of Warfare?

Drones: The Future of Warfare?

Drones will be part of the future of warfare as their advantages can be exploited by political leaders. Yet, drones are only part of a wide array of surveillance and military options.

An Ominous Matryoshka Doll: Egypt’s Mediating Role in the New Middle East

An Ominous Matryoshka Doll: Egypt’s Mediating Role in the New Middle East

When violence broke out last month between Israel and Palestinian militants, Egypt once again stepped in to mediate a truce. In the wake of the Arab Spring and Iran’s rising power, however, Cairo and the parties to conflict will find it increasingly difficult to contain the fallout.

Japan’s Nuclear Future

Japan’s Nuclear Future

The great risk in Japan today and well into the future is that the lessons of Fukushima are being skewed, ignored or marginalized in a nation where nuclear energy represents a significant and abiding risk.

Regional Responses to the DPRK’s Satellite Launch

Regional Responses to the DPRK’s Satellite Launch

The international community approaches North Korea with a poor tasting carrot and a broken stick. This gives Pyongyang a great deal of leverage in regional diplomacy.

Northern Mali: The Things We Assume

Northern Mali: The Things We Assume

Events are developing quickly in Mali. The official press releases from both sides are untrustworthy, and mainly framed to justify actions or to generate a particular effect from outside.

Romney’s Foreign Policy in the Middle East

Romney’s Foreign Policy in the Middle East

On topics ranging from Iran’s nuclear program to American involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a Romney administration would bring no significant change.

Towards a More Secure Europe: A New Focus on Defence

Towards a More Secure Europe: A New Focus on Defence

Rethinking CSDP in times of austerity will require revisiting ideas that previously may have seemed politically unacceptable.

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