Tag Archives: European Union

Former House Intel Chair Mike Rogers: Widened European Privacy Laws Hurt Intelligence Collection

Former House Intel Chair Mike Rogers: Widened European Privacy Laws Hurt Intelligence Collection

Former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.)

Former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.)

As is the case in privacy laws created after World War II, and widened in the wake of the Edward Snowden leaks in Europe, “we’re going to pay a price” for limiting intelligence-collection when it comes to knowing what adversaries, terrorists and even allies are thinking, the former chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday. Read More

Opinion: What the Iranian Election Results Mean

Opinion: What the Iranian Election Results Mean

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani casts his vote during elections for the parliament and Assembly of Experts, which has the power to appoint and dismiss the supreme leader, in Tehran Feb. 26, 2016. Iranian Government Photo

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani casts his vote during elections for the parliament and Assembly of Experts, which has the power to appoint and dismiss the supreme leader, in Tehran Feb. 26, 2016. Iranian Government Photo

Last week’s elections in Iran served as a good barometer for gauging the mood of the Iranian electorate following the implementation of the P5+1 nuclear agreement in late 2015. Read More

Atlantic Council Report: NATO Alliance at Risk

Atlantic Council Report: NATO Alliance at Risk

100415a-HQ28-007 NATO Headquarters Brussels.

In Europe, “you find a kind of the perfect storm”—a resurgent Russia in the east, thousands of refugees and migrants arriving daily in the south, terrorist attacks in Paris, the rise of nationalist parties and economies flailing skewing political debates—that NATO is trying to weather. Read More

Opinion: Will Germany and Russia Decide Ukraine's Fate?

Opinion: Will Germany and Russia Decide Ukraine’s Fate?

Donbass residents vote in the referendum on the status of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic. RIA/Novosti Photo

Donbass residents vote in the referendum on the status of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic. RIA/Novosti Photo

The referenda held Sunday in Ukrainian regions Donetsk and Luhansk have been denounced by many—but deserve cold, rational consideration. This is the prequel to the upcoming 25 May elections, conducted in a state of civil unrest—near civil war—in eastern Ukraine. Read More

Policy Options for Ukraine Standoff

Policy Options for Ukraine Standoff

An anti-Putin protester. Reuters Photo

An anti-Putin protester. Reuters Photo

This is the second of two articles on the current crisis in Ukraine and on possible policy options for the international community. The first was on history of conflict in the region

The Ukraine’s current turmoil and the standoff in the Crimea make for a complex strategic issue in Russia’s near-abroad, where Russia holds many of the cards to advantage.

But the leaders of Western Europe, Ukraine, and the United States are not bereft of policy options either. Read More

A Brief History of Conflict in Ukraine

A Brief History of Conflict in Ukraine

Russian troops in the Crimea region of Ukraine. Reuters Photo

Russian troops in the Crimea region of Ukraine. Reuters Photo

This is the first of two articles on the current crisis in Ukraine and on the history of conflict in the region. The second will outline possible policy options for the international community.

The events of the last three weeks have catapulted Ukraine to the forefront of the U.S. policy agenda, sparking an intense crisis of confidence between the United States and Russia—the worst since 1979. Read More

Document: U.S.-EU Cooperation Against Terrorism

Document: U.S.-EU Cooperation Against Terrorism

The following is from a Sept. 4, 2013 Congressional Research Service report:
The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States and the subsequent revelation of Al Qaeda cells in Europe gave new momentum to European Union (EU) initiatives to combat terrorism and improve police, judicial, and intelligence cooperation among its member states.

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