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What’s The Future Of The E.U.’S Eastern Partnership Program?
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What’s The Future Of The E.U.’S Eastern Partnership Program?

The politically-divisive Eastern Partnership Program (EPP) has been in existence for nearly a decade. The European Neighborhood Policy—the program’s predecessor—was initiated in 2004 to promote cooperation and stability in former Soviet European states. Five years later, the Eastern Partnership Program was inaugurated. The program encourages countries—specifically Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine—to undertake democratic reforms...

COVID-19: Diplomatic Obstruction Or Opportunity?
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COVID-19: Diplomatic Obstruction Or Opportunity?

As the pandemic novel coronavirus  (COVID-19) spreads globally, diplomatic relations among countries have inevitably been affected. The current behavior of states, governments, and other international organizations shows that maintaining diplomatic ties and channels are seriously challenged. COVID-19, as a global health problem, is now testing the role of diplomacy as an instrument of international relations....

Why North Korea Blew Up Its Détente With the South
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Why North Korea Blew Up Its Détente With the South

What a difference two years makes. The spring and summer of 2018 saw an extraordinary rapprochement between the two Koreas, as their leaders held successive face-to-face meetings, culminating in a landmark visit by South Korean President Moon Jae-in to Pyongyang. The flurry of diplomacy produced a number of joint declarations, agreements, hotlines and other confidence-building measures,...

Trump To Sanction ICC Officials Investigating Alleged US War Crimes In Afghanistan
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Trump To Sanction ICC Officials Investigating Alleged US War Crimes In Afghanistan

The Trump administration announced sanctions and visa restrictions against International Criminal Court officials investigating alleged American abuses in Afghanistan, firing shots at a longtime conservative target and taking implicit aim at European allies that support the court.  In March, the ICC appeals chamber authorized an investigation by Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to look into possible crimes by all parties...

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