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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

Hezbollah (a.k.a. Hizbollah, Hizbu'llah)

by Jonathan Masters, Zachary Laub
Hezbollah's long-standing resistance to Israel gained this Lebanon-based Shiite political party and militant group broad support, but its involvement in Syria's civil war may jeopardize its domestic standing.
Primary Sources

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.
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Globalizing World Requires Transatlantic Partnership and Leadership

with Wolfgang Schaeuble, Robert M. Kimmitt
With the economic structural reforms enacted in many southern European countries now beginning to show results, German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble joins Robert Kimmitt of the American Council of Germany to discuss the current state of the European economic recovery.
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.