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Crisis in Venezuela: the United States’ Duty​ to Respond

If you turn on the news today, you will most likely hear about the recent government shutdown, our military presence in the Middle East, or a number of other domestic and international issues. But what will most likely not be discussed, or at least at length, is the threat the Venezuelan crisis poses to the United States.

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Civil Society Europe Governance & Law Policy & Politics

EU Outliers: The Limitations of the EU in Reforming Illiberal Democracy in Bulgaria and Romania

Author Abigail Adams examines the primary obstacles to EU accession that faced Romania and Bulgaria, as well as the difficulties in maintaining EU standards that both countries have faced since 2007, and offers prescriptions on how to develop more successful EU accession processes.

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Civil Society International Development Middle East Security & Conflict

Iraq’s Post-American Future: Requiem for an Occupation

In this three-part series, Nate Rosenblatt, a 2009 SAIS graduate, discusses his experience building an American-style university in Iraq. In the first part of the series, Nate looks back at the difficulties faced by the Americans during the occupation. In his subsequent posts, he reflects on the future of an independent Iraq, and examines the role that America might play in the wake of its $750 trillion dollar investment in Iraq’s future.

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Democracies Can Hit the Pause Button

Democracies on both sides of the Atlantic are facing challenges — causing chatter amongst pundits about decline or dissolution.