• Media Advisory:
    Sustainable Governance Ranking Shows US in the Middle

    Nordic countries’ top position among OECD and EU countries is wavering

  • B|Brief: To Counter Extremism, Europe Must Move Beyond Security and Focus on Neighborhoods

    Following a spate of deadly attacks in Western Europe, governments have adopted a largely military-oriented response to secure the homeland and counter violent extremism. Amid renewed calls for yet more security measures, and with Germany considering the deployment of soldiers to its streets for the first time since World War II, governments at the national and city level must not discount the efficacy of targeted, long-term countermeasures that seek to systematically demobilize radicalized citizens through policies that promote employment, social inclusion and mental well-being.

  • B|Brief: Inside Turkey’s Economy: Risks, Rewards and the Challenges Ahead

    On July 15, Turkey’s tumultuous 2016 took a shocking twist as elements within the country’s military attempted a coup against the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In the days following the attempt, Erdogan declared a three-month state of emergency and began purges of depth and breadth that extended beyond public ministries and into the private sector.

    Now, many question the extent to which Erdogan will consolidate power, and what implications this could have for Turkish democracy and for broader regional geopolitics.

    In the coming months, Turkey’s economic resilience could play an equally important factor in determining the outcome of the current upheaval.

  • B|Brief: A New Role for France: Europe’s Pivotal Nation

    The British referendum on membership to the European Union sent shockwaves in every conceivable direction. Many on the European continent pronounced the Brexit vote, the end of two unions – the United Kingdom and the EU.

    Germany, a country that has based its post-WWII foreign policy on consensus building, multilateralism and a strong Europe, now finds itself in a position with which it is decidedly uncomfortable – leader of Europe. Caught in the middle – both geographically and politically – of this Brexit maelstrom is France, which must now pivot between the United Kingdom and Germany, in equal measure, to strengthen the bonds in a Europe that is becoming increasingly fragmented.

  • B|Brief: Negotiators Advance TTIP Agenda but Several Key Issues Remain

    The latest round of negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) concluded earlier this month with an air of uncertainty, as U.S. and EU negotiators committed to continue the process of resolving differences and consolidating texts without concrete plans for when or where the next round will take place.

    Negotiators tabled a record number of text proposals this round and made progress on important technical details related to market access, regulatory issues and trade rules. However, the parties remain deadlocked on several critical elements of the agreement, including market access for services, government procurement and investment protection.

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