Brookings: David Cameron’s European Spa

Brookings: David Cameron’s European Spaghetti Bowl – British Prime Minister David Cameron’s “Europe” speech, delivered on January 23, was powerful, polished, contained a bold vision, and offered good arguments. In particular, he got three things right. But translating those arguments into institutional reality will be a nearly impossible challenge. First, Cameron is correct to emphasize the urgent need for a renewal of popular support for the European Un… http://ow.ly/2uFRWZ

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Brookings: Dealing With the Real Putin

Brookings: Dealing With the Real Putin – The Obama administration has decided it’s time to “reset the reset” with Russia. The reset was one of the administration’s first foreign policy initiatives in 2009 and certainly reduced bilateral tensions for a period. But President Obama now faces Vladimir Putin as Russia’s president instead of Dmitri Medvedev, and the entire premise of U.S.-Russia relations will have to be reviewed. After 12 years at… http://ow.ly/2uFujW

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Vladimir Putin as Statist

Brookings Institute: Vladimir Putin as Statist: Restoring the Greatness of Russia http://ow.ly/2uCDOt

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The Five Personalities of Vladimir Putin

Brookings Podcast: The Five Personalities of Vladimir Putin http://ow.ly/2uCtc1

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Baltic States feel NATO’s real protection

GPF Europe: Baltic States feel NATO‘s real protection – President Dalia Grybauskaite and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen discussed the overall implementation of NATO’s plans to defend the Baltic States, reported BC the presidential press service. http://ow.ly/2uC07u

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The European Commission will scrutinise the German system of renewable energy subsidies

OSW: The European Commission will scrutinise the German system of renewable energy subsidies http://ow.ly/2uB9iX

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Future of the British Army

IISS: Future of the British Army – The institute’s Ben Barry has contributed to a piece published by the BBC today, asking how recently announced defence cuts will shape the British Army of the future. The restructured force will be cut from 102,000 to 82,000 by 2017, while the number of reservists will double to 30,000. Brigadier Barry, who left the army in October […] http://ow.ly/2uAVKd

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France in Mali: Now or Never for European Foreign and Security Policy

SDA: France in Mali: Now or Never for European Foreign and Security Policy http://ow.ly/2uANt4

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Georgia, EU discuss association agreement

GPF Europe: Georgia, EU discuss association agreement – The Georgian Foreign Ministry has held 13 plenary negotiation sessions to develop the text of an association agreement between Georgia and the EU. http://ow.ly/2uABwZ

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Turkish History Revisited: Uniting or Polarizing?

GMFUS: Turkish History Revisited: Uniting or Polarizing? – 

In and around Turkey, both the dark and glorious pages of Ottoman and Republican Turkish history are being evoked in parallel battles. How the political leadership reframes various pages of Turkish history sheds light not only on the ongoing re-conceptualization of Turkish identity and domestic power struggles, but also on Ankara’s regional strategic vision and strategy. http://ow.ly/2uzNls

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