China’s Rise Continues

The rise of China continues unabated. In a Western world that is constantly seduced by bearish sentiment about China’s economic and political prospects — and ultimately by the idea that its rise is unsustainable — this deserves to be constantly repeated.

No Solidarity? Growing Refugee Inflows and the Need for EU Asylum Policy Reforms

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the global number of refugees has significantly increased during the past five years. By the end of 2013, the agency reported there were 51.2 million forcibly displaced persons worldwide, including 33.3 million internally displaced (IDPs), 1.2 million asylum-seekers, and 16.7 million refugees under UN protection.

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.