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U.N. Assessment of Islamic Extremist Terror Threats – Europe and Africa

By Sam Jacobsen A United Nations Security Council communication released in July warned that although the incidence rate of Islamic-motivated terrorism has declined in the last months, the terror threat is still high. The Security Council noted that while ISIL no longer has any geographic holdings, its presence in Iraq…

Kommersant Firings and Russian Free Speech

On June 3, 2019, Posted by , In Europe,Information Reports, With Comments Off on Kommersant Firings and Russian Free Speech

By Marren Haneberg Eleven reporters from Kommersant quit on May 20 after two of their colleagues were fired for refusing to reveal their sources in a report about “a possible change of leadership in the upper chamber of parliament” (RFE/RL). These reporters made up the entire political staff at Kommersant,…

Algerian Presidential Turmoil

On May 25, 2019, Posted by , In Africa,Information Reports, With Comments Off on Algerian Presidential Turmoil

By Sam Jacobsen Beginning in February 2019, Algeria played host to months of fierce protesting over wheelchair-bound President Bouteflika’s bid for re-election that was scheduled to take place in April. The election was subsequently postponed by interim President Bensalah to July 4th. Speculation has been rife in Algeria as well…

Current State of Russian-US Nuclear Relations

On May 18, 2019, Posted by , In Europe,Information Reports, With Comments Off on Current State of Russian-US Nuclear Relations

Recent developments in diplomatic relations between the United States and Russia have greatly impacted the nature of arms control in the two nuclear giants. Historically guided by various treaties, including the START, SALT, and INF agreements, nuclear tension has increased as the 2019 withdrawal from the INF Treaty by both…

Ramifications of A Tymoshenko Presidency

On April 4, 2019, Posted by , In Analysis Reports,Europe, With Comments Off on Ramifications of A Tymoshenko Presidency

By Sam Jacobsen As for the prospects of the presidential race, initial reports at the end of 2018 had Tymoshenko at the top of the pool of candidates. She began making inroads with many foreign leaders, stating via Facebook that “The presidential election is approaching, and it would be irrational…