May 2018

John Besemeres: Perhaps we mark the end of the period of Western passivity in the face of Russia's increasingly impudent acts

By Ivan Yusypiuk

Australia was the only country outside the EU and NATO to support the international campaign to expel Russian diplomats in response to a chemical attack in Salisbury. It caused a significant squall of criticism from the Russian side. The Russian Embassy in Canberra accused the Australian side of destroying the "the relatively small but substantial positive asset in relationship, which was created by a joint effort during the last years." Russia expelled two Australian diplomats in response.

How GDPR Could Affect the Transatlantic Relationship

By Susan Ness, Peter Chase

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) — the most comprehensive regulation on the protection of personal data that currently exists — comes into effect on May 25. It will profoundly impact global debates about privacy and freedom of speech; cybersecurity and disinformation; citizen and consumer relationships with technology and technology companies; innovation and entrepreneurship; and the future of the transatlantic economy.

Ambitious nuclear programs

By Arthur Dunn

Recently, at least 40 developing countries around the world - from the Persian Gulf to Latin America - have appealed to UN officials in Vienna to indicate their interest in deploying programs to develop nuclear power. Experts in the field of nuclear non-proliferation are concerned about this trend, which, they say, can lead to the fact that at the disposal of a number of countries will be the elements necessary for the creation of a nuclear arsenal.

Commissioner Johannes Hahn on the Prospects of EU Integration

By  Jonathan D. Katz

On April 20 the German Marshall Fund in Washington hosted Johannes Hahn, EU Commissioner for EU Enlargements Negotiations and EU Neighbourhood, for a discussion focused on the EU’s relations with its neighbors in the Western Balkans, Turkey, Ukraine, Eastern Europe, and the Caucasus and on the process of reforms and the prospects of greater EU integration.

Foreword — Decline, Decay and Disintegration: Russia’s Future in the 21st Century

By Paul Goble

Russia currently faces three existential challenges that already point to its decline, decay and even disintegration in the coming decades. It has an economy oriented to the past rather than the future, one incapable of supporting a worthy standard of living for its people or even the plans of the Kremlin elite. It has a set of center-periphery relations in which Moscow increasingly views the regions and republics as burdens rather than partners, and the latter, in turn, view the center as an occupying power. And it has geopolitical ambitions which it is not in a position to support but that guarantee neither Russia nor its neighbors will be able to live in peace and prosperity in the coming decades.