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Analysis & Opinions - METRO U.N.

European Security: Shifting Ground

| Mar. 06, 2019

As NATO enters its 70th year of existence the challenges to Europe’s security are as much in flux as are the appropriate answers to deal with them. Moreover, the framework of dealing with European security has extended beyond the present members of NATO and the EU as former members of the Soviet Union struggle to become democracies whose fate has therefore become a concern to the West.

Some Countries Believe Nicolás Maduro (left) is Still the President While Others are Backing Juan Guaidó (right)

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Venezuela: Consequences

| Feb. 20, 2019

For years outside observers of Venezuela have followed the disastrous developments in the country under the leadership of Chavez and his successor Maduro with growing concern: the steep decline of the economy, growing violence and repression of human rights, the catastrophic living conditions of people without food or health care and the flight of 3 million Venezuelans into neighboring countries. The geopolitical implications of a growing influence of and indebtedness to China and Russia in addition to Cuba’s role in upholding the repressive regime created additional worries to Western governments. But reluctance to violate the principle of non-interference – always a particularly sensitive issue in Latin America – allowed the Venezuelan situation to deteriorate uninhibited over a long period.

Analysis & Opinions - The New York Times

Rift Between Trump and Europe Is Now Open and Angry

| Feb. 17, 2019

The Europeans no longer believe that Washington will change, not when Mr. Trump sees traditional allies as economic rivals and leadership as diktat. His distaste for multilateralism and international cooperation is a challenge to the very heart of what Europe is and needs to be in order to have an impact in the world.

Ukrainian Soldiers on their Tanks showing the Ukrainian Flag.

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Analysis & Opinions - METRO U.N.

Ukraine: Root Causes of a Prolonged Conflict

| Jan. 23, 2019

Today Ukraine remains the scene of Europe’s most destructive and potentially most dangerous conflict. It is here that the East West understanding forged after the end of the Cold War came to a halt with Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its military intervention in East Ukraine to support separatists. The danger of an escalation to open war is always present, and Russia’s blockage of the Kerch Strait to the Sea of Azov in November 2018 is the latest reminder of the tenseness of the situation.

The Gate of Yemen surrounding the old city of Sana'a

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Analysis & Opinions - METRO U.N.

Yemen – What Each Party to the Conflict Has to Do Now

| Dec. 19, 2018

If one contemplates necessary steps of the parties to the conflict, the nature of this war must be kept in mind. It started as a UN supported intervention by a Saudi-led coalition against the Iran-supported Houthi rebellion opposing the Hadi government. The domestic struggle for supremacy is inextricably linked to its international ramifications: Given the potentially enormous geopolitical consequences the prevention of an Iranian foothold on the Southern tip of the Arabian peninsula is by no means a goal of only Saudi Arabia. 

Eleanor Roosevelt presenting the Declaration of Human Rights

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Human Rights: A Western Policy Tool?

| Dec. 05, 2018

It was not until after World War II that human rights ceased to be considered the exclusive prerogative of the sovereign state. The horrors of fascism and the holocaust created a slowly growing consensus around human rights as an international norm culminating in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, now celebrating its 70thanniversary that enshrines these values. Though legally non-binding it became the foundation of a multitude of global and regional measures that established a body of human rights law.

Henry Kissinger and Karl Kaiser during the interview.

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Analysis & Opinions - Bonn University Press

Video: Henry Kissinger on World War One, Asia, and Germany's New Role

| Nov. 27, 2018

Karl Kaiser, Senior Associate at the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship, interviewed Henry A. Kissinger in honor of his 95th birthday and the 200th birthday of the University of Bonn.