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The Identity Divide That Defines Central Europe’s Stance on Ukraine

As the more hesitant members of Europe’s pro-Ukraine coalition, Hungary, Austria, and Slovakia wield disproportionate sway over the EU’s consensus-driven decisions on Ukraine. Viktor Orban, Hungary’s right-wing Prime Minister, persistently hinders the approval of nearly every EU aid package for Kyiv. Left-leaning populist Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico pledged to likewise oppose these measures during the […]

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The West Can Still Get Things Done: The Ramp-up in Allied Ammo Production Is a Reminder of Our Inherent Strength

There is no hiding the fact that across key Western nations the mood is darkening in relation to the Ukraine war. Kyiv’s counter-offensive, which transfixed the world’s attention throughout most of this year, is now widely seen as a costly failure. When the Ukrainian army began its much-anticipated push back

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Kampfpanzer Leopard 2 A5 bei einer Lehr- und Gefechtsvorführung.

Not So Much Zeitenwende as Progressive Puffery

Not since Willy Brandt’s 1970s Ostpolitik has a German geopolitical term made such waves as Olaf Scholz’s Zeitenwende. Amidst the shock and horror of Russia’s onslaught against Ukraine last year, the Chancellor stood up in the Bundestag only three days into the war to explain how Putin’s aggression was a “historical turning point” – a Zeitenwende –

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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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