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European Disunion
Brexit and Break-up: Rushing Toward the Endgame

The clock is ticking, and the odds of a messy British exit from the European Union are only rising. The stakes for Washington, too, are enormous.

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Stop the Bloodletting
Empower Political Parties to Revive Democratic Accountability

The shrill cry that American democracy is dying rests on a misdiagnosis. If anything, we have introduced too much democracy in the wrong places.

Pipeline Politics
Can Nord Stream 2 Really Replace Groningen?

The EU faces a collapse in its domestic gas production. Russia claims it wants to help by providing more natural gas supplies via Nord Stream 2. Is this claim yet another example of a Russian disinformation operation in action?

Macedonian Name Referendum
More is at Stake Than Just the Name Deal

A high-stakes vote is set to take place in the Western Balkans this weekend.

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With Friends Like These
The Dark Side of Malaysia’s Democratic Fairy Tale

Positive electoral developments notwithstanding, Malaysia remains tied to a host of rogue states and extremists.

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Trade Talk
NAFTA on the Brink?

NAFTA is the ultimate example of technocratic policymaking—but for precisely that reason, it may not survive this age of populist protectionism.

Serbia & Kosovo
The Case for a Territorial Swap

The presidents of Serbia and Kosovo have proposed an audacious resolution to the two countries’ longstanding conflict. They are prepared to take ownership of the process, and the proper response from the West is supportive non-interference.

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The Baltic Model
A New Hanseatic League?

The Baltic states’ model of pragmatic cooperation proves that a bloc doesn’t need supranational ambitions in order to be successful.

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Memorializing McCain
America Through the Looking Glass

For all the media portrayals of McCain’s memorial service as unifying moment, Trump’s supporters are more likely to see it as the Swamp in arms.

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Pipeline Problems
Russian Gas and the Case for Sanctions

Today, Washington has two tools for easing Europe’s vulnerability to Russian energy influence: the threat of sanctions on the Kremlin’s pipeline project, and exports of American liquefied natural gas to Europe.

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