Follow Up to Yesterday’s Post

In an article that I posted last night, I argued that the political cost of Russian sanctions are too high — notably for French and British leaders.  Julia Ioffe of the New Republic published an excellent article today essentially proving that the blowback sanctions would have on European economies are limited.  Furthermore, Ioffe argues that Russia […]

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Matches, Mistrals, and Moscow: The Politics of Sanctions

British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party was criticized this weekend for accepting a 160,000GBP donation from a Russia Oligarch with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.  This adds to a week where European governments have had to weigh foreign policy decisions against domestic considerations. Following the tragic downing of MH17, Europe has resorted […]

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Some Key Facts Behind Pakistan’s Energy Crisis

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has implemented a new electricity subsidy for the poorest consumers in Pakistan. This subsidy covers all households with up to 300 units of electricity consumption which strikingly amounts to 68%. This subsidy points to underlying developmental and economic challenges for Pakistan. The Woodrow Wilson Center, on of DC’s top think […]

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A New European Strategy for Defense

Very important article in the FT today by Philip Stephens on the need for a new vision in European defense strategy.  I really appreciate the fact that rather than looking for some innovative new policy, Stephens argues for a renewal of deterrence.  It is important to stress the difference between deterrence and aggression and I […]

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Banning Rationality: How France’s Government Fueled Radicals

French authorities have estimated that roughly 14,500 people demonstrated today in Paris in support to Palestine. This march comes after a weekend marked by clashes between Palestinian supporters and French police. The pro-Palestine march organized in Paris tonight occurred with almost no abuses or any indications of violence. This is a far cry from the […]

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The FN Divided over Israel

Wonderful article in Le Figaro (in French) today explaining the radio silence coming from the FN over the violence that happened this weekend in Paris during a pro-palestinian demonstration.  I have been working on an article (that I plan to post tomorrow) detailing my view of this event, and more specifically how I believe that the government […]

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Powering Peace: The Case for Growing Gaza’s Energy Sector

The Gaza Strip has a major energy crisis. Estimates suggest that Gaza has a power shortage of roughly 49%, indicating that almost half of the day is spent without reliable electricity. Clearly, this tangible reality does little to help the cause of the Israeli’s but rather incites radicalization. I want to begin this post by […]

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The EU Position Scramble: FT Article

Great article today in the Financial Times showing the disunity that the fight over the top 3 remaining EU jobs (Council President, Eurogroup President, and High Rep) is creating. I took a look at this at the beginning of the week and concluded that the only solution to clashing national interests is the independent choice […]

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