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A Never Changing World: Lessons from the Passover Seder

By Jessica M. Hirsch

Last week, Jews around the world gathered at their dining room tables for the ritual in-house service known as the Passover Seder. Marking the remembrance of the enslavement and subsequent exodus from Egypt, Passover is as much about teaching the next generation as it is about remembering the past.

European Union Energy Policy: 2013 in Retrospect and 2014 Looking Forward

After two years of intense debates and negotiations, European member states in April 2013 agreed to accept the EU regulation on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure. For the first time in history, European institutions will have a structural mandate regarding the construction of energy infrastructure, an area that had always been an exclusive domain of the member states.

European Union Environmental Policy at 40-something

Co-authored by Henrik Selin, Associate Professor, International Relations, Boston University.

The North American Energy Revolution: Fading Star or Wave of the Future?

Developments in North American fossil energy production over the last decade are impressive, well-known, and from the perspective of the climate, scary. Last year continues recent trends and provides further evidence that the global gas and oil landscape continue to be shaped by remarkable advances in technology and know-how that were largely home-grown in Canada and the United States.

Bridging the Energy Divide? EU-U.S. Energy Relations and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

Co-authored by Kirsten Westphal, Senior Associate, Global Issues, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP); and Julia Howald, External Economic Policy, Federation of German Industries (BDI).

Praising Turkish Policy Towards Syrian Refugees, Keeping An Eye On the Politics

In terms of asylum, 2013 represented an extraordinary year for Turkey: in 12 months, more than 500,000 refugees from Syria came onto Turkish territory, adding to the approximate 200,000 that had already arrived since April 2011. For reference, between 2001 and 2011, Turkey received between 4,000 and 16,000 refugees each year.

The U.S.-Turkey Relationship in 2014

2014 has not been a good year thus far in U.S.-Turkish relations. Beginning with the political uncertainty — stemming from a wideranging corruption probe that broke at the end of last year — Turkey, the region’s most stable democracy, is now more focused on its domestic rather than foreign policy priorities.

20 Years on from Rwanda, Can We Resuscitate R2P?

Last week marked the 20-year anniversary of mass genocide in Rwanda. Taking stock of what enabled Hutu extremists to slaughter as many as 1 million Tutsis and moderate Hutus, advocates, and pundits alike called for “never again.”

Turkey in Turbulence: Its Geo-strategic Meaning for the Transatlantic Community

The term “turbulence” is increasingly being used with respect to Turkish domestic and foreign policy as well as developments around Turkey’s neighborhood, ranging from Ukraine to the post-Arab Spring Middle East.

Turkey’s Political Turmoil and Its Transatlantic Implications

As it entered its twelfth year in government with increasing electoral support and a command of absolute majority in parliament, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) looked invincible. The AKP leadership, too, believed it was invincible, since the party held a firm grip on the legislative process from the day it got elected.