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Local elections in Hungary are free and fair

By Miklós Szánthó

As many commentators derive the “illiberal nature” of Hungary’s democracy from recent amendments in electoral rules, it is helpful to take a close look at the actual content and nature of these changes.

Illiberal Democracy and Beyond in Hungary

By Gabor Halmai

In a recent speech delivered to an ethnic Hungarian audience in Romania, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán proclaimed his intention to turn Hungary into a state that:

Iraq’s disaster shows the folly of our meddling

By Michael Bell

The events of the past several days in Iraq have been traumatic. Reports are confused, and events may be over-dramatized, but the fall to extremists of parts of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, and Tikrit, the birthplace of Saddam Hussein, seems certain.

Plunged into Chaos? The Future of Global Economic Cooperation

The financial crisis of 2008 and beyond proved without a doubt that the interdependent world must increasingly rely on global cooperation. However, in key economic areas, including finance, world trade, and development aid, regionalization has recently become an overwhelming trend.

Afghanistan's Election Isn't Over

The dust storm of controversy surrounding the recent release of U.S. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, and the nature of his initial capture, has seemingly obscured one of the most important and imminent events impacting U.S. national security interests: the June 14 run-off election in Afghanistan.

After Obama’s West Point Speech – Still a Foreign Policy Built on Partnerships?

One of the cornerstones of the Obama Administration’s first-term foreign policy was to establish new partnerships with rising powers and reinvigorate old ones across the Atlantic and the Pacific.

Recalibrating Transatlantic Aid in an Era of Emerging Donors

Spurred by the financial crises and the need to most efficiently utilize spending, the United States and European Union have in recent years aligned transatlantic objectives and cooperated more closely on development aid. This was formalized in 2009 with the EU-U.S. High-Level Consultative Group on Development (“EU-U.S.

China's Mediterranean Presence Is an Opportunity for NATO

At its Wales summit in September, NATO will focus on its future. But while the Ukraine crisis has refocused the alliance on collective defense and its immediate neighborhood, its international partnerships and cooperative security with rising powers will also become more relevant in an age of globalization, emerging non-traditional security challenges, and declining Western defense budgets.

Asia’s Fault Lines Stoke Tensions

Asia’s dramatic economic rise led some analysts to hastily conclude that the relative decline of the West is inevitable. Developments since 2013 highlight that dangerous new fault lines have emerged in Asia, posing a major risk to peace, stability and prosperity in the world’s largest and most populous continent.

China’s Increasing Role in the Mediterranean

Over the past three years, Mediterranean security has taken on new meaning in light of the Arab Spring and growing role of China to the security scene.