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Macron’s View of a Europe in Flux Is Music to Putin’s Ears


President of France Emmanuel Macron recently set the tone for a somber reassessment of the state of Europe. As festivities were going on in Berlin marking the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Macron spoke of “the exceptional fragility of Europe.” Europe is on “the edge of a precipice,” the French president said in an interview with the Economist magazine. Europe needs to wake up or “we will no longer be in control of our destiny.”

The First Six Months: An Assessment of Zelenskyy's Achievements


Independence, Transition of Power, and Political Parties in Uzbekistan

Since the 2018 presidential elections in the Republic of Uzbekistan, the country has introduced extensive civic, economic, and governmental reforms. In the weeks before the December 22 parliamentary elections, the issue of expanding these reforms to parliament is drawing increased attention. In this talk, Dr. Zeev Levin will discuss the future of the division of power and relations between the government and political parties in Uzbekistan.

Belarus: Often Overlooked, It Will Reward Historians and Social Scientists


Belarus is a visible presence in Eastern European politics and on all kinds of maps, yet very little is written about it. An independent country for thirty years, it is the size of Austria in terms of area and twice the size of Finland in population terms. Its capital, Minsk, is a thirty-minute flight from the nearest European capital, Vilnius.

China in Africa Case Study: Zambia

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we speak with Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Scholar Emmanuel Matambo. Matambo discusses his project which focuses on China's relations and investment in Zambia and how this has shaped politics and recent elections in that nation. The project also compares China’s influence in Zambia with other African nations as China has increased its economic investment and political influence on the continent.


New Critical Spaces in Transitional Justice: Gender, Art, and Memory

Since the 1980s, transitional justice mechanisms have been increasingly applied to account for mass atrocities and grave human rights violations throughout the world. Over time, post-conflict justice practices have expanded across continents and state borders and have fueled the creation of new ideas that go beyond traditional notions of amnesty, retribution, and reconciliation.

Has Russia Discovered a New Foreign Policy Template? An Interview with Angela Stent

Photo Caption: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayip Erdogan meet in October 2019 (Source:

Following latest talks, Russia has agreed to help Turkey create a “safe zone” in northeastern Syria that is free of Kurdish fighters Ankara views as a terrorist threat, as the U.S. withdraws troops from the region.