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  • Be careful what you wish for: a tale of two prime ministers

    David Cameron started his career as party leader with a simple wish: to get the Conservative Party to ‘stop banging on about Europe’. However, he did not have a strategy for making his dream come true. Instead, he took a series of tactical decisions in hopes that each would silence Tory Eurosceptics committed to ‘banging

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  • Europe’s Leaders are Europe’s Greatest Weakness

    Europe’s leaders are Europe’s greatest weakness. Stockholm is a beautiful city, both solid and enticing in equal measure as it cavorts between land, sea, and sky. And yet behind the façade of Swedish steadiness worry lurks. So much so that Sweden is quietly resurrecting its old Total Defence Concept as it becomes ever clearer that

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  • 21st Century Challenges to American Democracy: Part 1

    Abstract: It requires several hundred pages to address the complex subject of challenges to American democracy in the post-Cold War era of a global multi-polar economic and political power structure. In this brief essay, I identify only a few of the current challenges to American democracy that appear permanent fixtures of society in the early

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  • Syriza’s Spinning, but Nobody’s Buying

    The Greek crisis is accelerating more rapidly than many anticipated. As CNN reports: Greek markets are tumbling after the European Central Bank raised the pressure on the country’s new anti-austerity government to stick to the terms of its massive international bailout program, a message Germany is likely to reinforce later Thursday. The ECB said late

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  • Who is Eurasia? The Advent of Politics into Geography

    One of the very first things I have learned after starting the school was “Turkey is a bridge between Europe and Asia.” This metaphor of “bridge” has been one of the basic official mottos of the Turkish Republic to help its citizens feel closer or even part Europe -so the Western world. This motto did

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  • Book Review: The EU, NATO and the Integration of Europe: Rules and Rhetoric

    By Frank Schimmelfennig Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003, 323 pp. $45 By Omer F. Orsun | 17 July 2010 In his scholarly and widely-cited book (229 times as of today) The EU, NATO and the Integration of Europe: Rules and Rhetoric, Schimmelfennig analyzes the reasons behind the Eastern Enlargement of both the EU and the NATO from the

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