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GMF: Romania, Bulgaria, and the EU's Future

by Robin Shepherd
Romania and Bulgaria have entered a European Union that has stalled at a crossroads, says this commentary from the German Marshall Fund of the United States. The paper discusses the various ways the new EU members will influence policymaking in the EU.
Analysis Brief

Bird Flu Makes Gains

by Mary Crane
The deadly H5N1 strain of the avian flu virus has now crept well into Europe—infecting birds in Greece, Bulgaria, Italy, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, Austria, and Denmark—and now also threatens Africa. Experts are at a loss over how to best tackle what could be an imminent global pandemic.
Backgrounder

The Russian Military

by Jonathan Masters
Military power has reemerged as an importantcomponent of Russian foreign policy, which some believe aims to reestablish Russian hegemony in the region, explains this Backgrounder.
Article

The President Who Ate Turkey

by Steven A. Cook
In evaluating Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's first ninety days in office, CFR's Steven Cook writes that Erdogan has become so power-hungry that he is expanding the powers of the presidency that ever before. As Erdogan makes himself indispensable to all areas of Turkish politics, the more he is rolling back democracy.
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Remarks by Ukrainian President Poroshenko to the U.S. Congress

with Petro Poroshenko
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko spoke to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on September 18, 2014. He asked for U.S. military assistance and aid in Ukraine's conflict against Russia, referencing mutual protection agreements such as Budapest Memorandums on Security Assurances, 1994 and the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.
Op-Ed

Is the Ukraine Crisis Unwinding?

by Stephen Sestanovich
Sestanovich disucsses the difficulty in coordinating energy policy between the United States and Europe as Ukrainian President Poroshenko signs natural gas agreement with the EU.
Op-Ed

This is NATO's Version of 'Netjets'

by Janine Davidson
Writing in Defense One, Janine Davidson explores the dynamics behind the Strategic Airlift Capability program (SAC), a multilateral initiative that successfully shares three C-17 transport planes among twelve nations.
Task Force Report

Promoting Sustainable Economies in the Balkans

by Michael B.G. Froman with Steven L. Rattner
The conflict in Kosovo, less than four years after the brutal civil war in Bosnia, was a wake-up call to the international community. The West and others had once again underestimated the powerful forces of ethnic hatred and historical grievances in the Balkans. According to this independent Task Force report, economic reconstruction alone will not be sufficient to bring long-term peace and stability to the Balkan region, although raising living standards could foster sustainable economic growth and reduce political tensions.