1. European Powers to Supply Weapons to Iraq’s Kurdish Forces

    France and the United Kingdom give weapons to the Kurds who are battling an Islamist insurgency in Iraq.

    Leading European powers said this week they would provide weapons and military support to Iraq's Kurds as they battle an Islamist insurgency that seeks to dismantle the Iraqi state and establish…
  1. Ukrainian Troops Enter Rebel Stronghold, Jet Shot Down

    Ukraine says its forces entered the separatist redoubt of Luhansk after a fighter jet was shot down in the area.

    Ukraine said its forces had entered the city of Luhansk on Sunday after pro-Russian militants who declared a breakaway republic there shot down a fighter jet…
  1. Ukraine Claims Destroyed Russian Armored Column

    Ukraine claims to have destroyed Russian armored personnel carriers that crossed into its territory.

    Ukraine said on Friday it had destroyed part of a Russian armored column that had entered its territory overnight. Russia rejected the accusation as "some kind of fantasy" and blamed Ukraine instead for sabotaging its…
  1. Longing for Consensus: The Dutch Mentality

    Coalition building has been ingrained in the Dutch national character since before independence.

    In business as well as politics, Dutch culture is characterized by a longing for consensus. The origins of this polder mentality can be found in the country's geographical challenges. Partially situated below or just above sea level, the Dutch had to construct a complex system of canals, dams and sea…
  1. Keeping the Water and Neighbors at Bay: Geopolitics of the Netherlands

    Vulnerable to the sea and overland invasion, the Dutch had to be pragmatic to keep their nation secure.

    The geography of the Netherlands is primarily defined by the confluence of the Meuse, Rhine and Scheldt Rivers, giving the small country an extended network of waterways for movement and trade -- and strategic depth against invaders. The Netherlands' economic and political core of Holland developed around…
  1. By Promoting Autarky, Russia Condemns Its People to Poverty

    A nation that refuses to trade with others is by definition poorer. Yet that is now Russia’s policy.

    Following Russian sanctions banning the import of most farm products from Europe and North America, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday suggested the country should become agriculturally self-sufficient. This foolish longing for autarky…
  1. Russia Sends Aid Convoy to Ukraine, NATO Fears Invasion

    As Russian trucks supposedly carrying aid depart for Ukraine, NATO warns there is a “high probability” Russia will invade.

    A convoy of some 280 trucks carrying food, medicine and water left the suburbs of Moscow early Tuesday morning for the northeast of Ukraine. While Russia promoted the effort as a humanitarian operation, Western countries urged it not to use the delivery…
  1. Iraq’s Maliki Refuses to Stand Down After Successor Named

    Iraq’s president asks Haider al-Abadi to form a new government but Nouri al-Maliki refuses to stand down.

    Forces loyal to Iraq's Nouri al-Maliki took to Baghdad's streets on Monday after the prime minister refused to make way for his designated successor. Earlier in the day, President Fuad Masum -- a veteran Kurdish politician who was appointed…