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Will the U.S. Act on IMF Reforms?

A widely-agreed upon proposal to reform the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been on the table since 2010. It is supported by the Obama Administration, but requires Congressional action and so far the US Congress has resisted calls for action from the White House and various advocates inside and outside the country.  Some have even considered procedures that would allow certain elements of proposed reforms to proceed without Congress.

Don't Doubt the Ceasefire

The second Minsk ceasefire agreement, signed on February 12, had an inauspicious beginning. Just after the ceasefire was supposed to come into effect, the separatist rebels forced Ukrainian troops to retreat from the encircled city of Debaltseve. The city’s fall, and the continued fighting along the front, could prove to be an early end to the ceasefire. But hope remains that it is actually a beginning, since other parts of the frontline have calmed down, and the sides have started to exchanges prisoners.

Bosnia: A new opportunity for getting closer to the EU?

Swiss Scholar Adis Merdzanovic’s opinion piece “Bosnia: A new opportunity for getting closer to the EU?” was recently published by EU Observer. Merdzanovic discusses Bosnia and Herzegovina’s political stagnation since the end of the war and the challenging power sharing arrangement between the major ethnic groups. In the past two years, however, the public has begun to fight back against the political system, holding protests that have attracted the attention of the international community.

Forecasting Nuclear War

Forecasting Nuclear War:

Stasi/KGB Intelligence Cooperation under Project RYaN

Between 1981 and 1989 the foreign intelligence branches of the Soviet KGB and the East German Ministry of State Security launched a combined effort to develop a system for detecting signs of an impending western nuclear first strike. Codenamed “Project RYaN”, this early-warning system constituted one part of the Soviet response to the perceived threat of a surprise “decapitation” strike by NATO nuclear forces.

Berlin 1989: Revisiting the Fall of the Wall

With the benefit of 25 years of hindsight, Duke University Professor Bruce Jentleson, looks back on the fall of the wall and its meaning then and now. He and NOW host John Milewski also discuss their firsthand experience in Berlin as part of a project that resulted in a televised town meeting between east and west Berlin residents that was seen nationally on C-SPAN.