Ursula von der Leyen, Germany's minister for defence, and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis speak to the press at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch, Germany, June 28, 2017. (DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jette Carr)

The Case for the EU’s ‘Defense of Democracy’ Package

European Union Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has stirred controversy over her proposal for a “Defense of Democracy package” — in fact, the package’s formal unveiling has just been indefinitely postponed. What’s the source of the pushback? The initiative’s core proposals entail reporting requirements on institutions that garner funding from third-country …

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Russian presence in Africa

Africa Is Russia’s New Resource Outlet

On April 13, Russia’s Institute of Technological Development for the Fuel-Energy Complex organized a panel to discuss energy cooperation between Moscow and African countries. One of the experts, Gabriel Anicet Kotchofa, who served as Benin’s ambassador to Russia, explained that “in Africa, we are waiting for Russia—for what Russia can …

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