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An Illiberal Polity in the Euro-Atlantic World: Lessons from Hungary’s Backsliding

Following the 1989-90 democratic transition, Hungary experienced two decades of solid liberal democracy until 2010, when the Fidesz Party gained a two-thirds majority in the parliament and introduced a new constitutional system eliminating checks and balances and guarantees of fundamental rights.

Polish Foreign Policy: End of the “Golden Years”

From 2008 until recently, Polish foreign policy enjoyed “golden years.” Once Poland was firmly anchored in Western institutions like the European Union and NATO, Warsaw’s voice started to gain prominence and respect across Europe and even globally.

Canada in the Transatlantic World

During nine years in power, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative government have transformed Canadian foreign policy.

On the Paris Attacks

By Sir Michael Leigh

We are all still under the shock of the murderous attacks on Charlie Hebdo and the Hyper Cacher (kosher) supermarket in Paris in which 17 French citizens died. Other attacks had been planned in Belgium but were prevented by police action, with the loss of two lives.

Russia, the Islamic State, and Emerging Non-Traditional Security Challenges for NATO

The year 2014 was an annus horribilis for transatlantic security, with Russia invading Ukraine and the emergence of the so-called Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. NATO’s European members suddenly find themselves facing simultaneous threats on two fronts — Russia in its eastern flank and a potential terrorist state in its southern flank in the Mediterranean.

Consociationalism: The Last Best Hope for the Middle East?

The vicious situation in the Middle East continues to deteriorate, with the Sunni-extremist army of the Islamic State group (ISIS) demonstrating a reinforced ferocity.

A Dangerous and Bloody 2014 in the Middle East

Although each year seems to witness yet more bad news from the Middle East, the events of 2014 were the most dangerous and bloody since the 2003 invasion of Iraq by the United States and its allies. In April, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ended nine months of intensive diplomacy to establish a two-state solution to the Arab-Israeli crisis.

Italy’s Foreign Policy Activism: The Quest for Sustainability

After years of foreign policy sclerosis, Italy is making a noticeable comeback on the international scene. While confirming its traditional attachment to European integration and to the transatlantic alliance, Rome is playing an increasingly active role in the Mediterranean and the Middle East.

The EU: Made in Britain

Britain is in the grip of a prolonged political crisis concerning its own constitutional order and its membership in the European Union, exacerbated by acrimonious and misleading arguments over immigration. As in other European countries, a demagogic anti-EU, anti-immigration movement has driven the established parties into a defensive posture.

Galapagos Europe

In March 2014, Europeans woke up in Vladimir Putin’s world: a place where borders can be changed by force, where international institutions are powerless, where economic interdependence is a source of insecurity, and predictability is a liability rather than an asset. Russia’s intervention in Ukraine forced the European Union to recognize that its idea of postmodern European order had dissolved.