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September 5, 2012 | Redefining the West's Relations with Russia

John Taylor: Although over 20 years have passed since the end of the Cold War, tensions between Russia and the West continue to exist. The West needs a new approach that takes into account Russia’s own foreign policy perspective and shows an understanding of its domestic challenges. ...More

September 5, 2012 | Did Obama Really Abandon Central Europe?

Daria Wiktoria Dylla: Romney has attacked current US security policy for a missile defense plan unfavorable to NATO allies in Central Europe. Especially Poland may be in a vulnerable position without the external security balance provided by the US, but the removal of troops will be compensated for by the positioning of missiles. Thus, Poland has nothing to worry about. ...More

September 2, 2012 | Border Policies: Lessons for Improvement

Editorial Team: The United States and the European Union both have their share of illegal immigration. During times like these, of economic crisis and high unemployment, tensions around illegal immigration restrictions become especially salient. Do the US and the EU stand to learn anything from each other? How can they move forward with just and fair policies? ...More

September 1, 2012 | The EU Has the Wrong Approach and Wrong Attitude

Anna Morticelli: Even though EU policy grants member states substantial autonomy in matters of illegal immigration, a coherent across-the-board approach would be more effective. Illegal immigrants should be decriminalized and viewed as a resource, and their countries of origin should continue to receive financial support. ...More

August 31, 2012 | EU Fares Better in Preventing and Reducing Irregular Migration than the US

Franck Düvell: In the EU irregular migrants mainly enter legally and overstay whilst in the US they mainly enter clandestinely. Thus, in the EU, irregular immigration is primarily an internal control issue, whilst in the US it is primarily an external border control issue. In the EU where there are more regularizations and legal migration channels, there are less irregular immigrant populations. This seems like a viable solution. ...More

August 30, 2012 | Immigration Policy Needs Penalties and Incentives

Edward Alden: Increased internal and external border enforcement as well as economic crisis has decreased the population of unauthorized immigrants in both Europe and the US. Policies should provide incentives to encourage legal migration rather than just disincentives against illegal migration. Guest worker programs are a good place to start. ...More

August 30, 2012 | Towards More Strategic Immigration Enforcement in Europe

Elizabeth Collett: The deportation of unauthorized immigrants can be enacted through various policy initiatives, each with its own challenges. European governments should adopt a more 'nuanced' approach to enforcement policies - both return and regularisation - based on an understanding of risk, effectiveness and need. ...More

August 28, 2012 | Governing Irregular Migration: No Power Politics but Deliberation

Bastian Vollmer: The policy domain of irregular migration has reached a new level of politicization. ‘Power politics' increasingly set the stage for policy-making subject to forces and logics that do not serve the public good but rather political careers. Instead, the high-risk policy domain of irregular migration needs deliberation - a high quality of a well-informed and balanced discourse in the EU and the US. ...More

August 27, 2012 | A More Efficient and Just EU Policy

Anna Triandafyllidou: EU illegal immigration policy may have come up short with the Mobility Partnerships, but the Directive has paved the way for success. To improve its approach even more, the EU should realize the inevitability of illegal immigration and justly consider it as the demographic solution to an unfulfilled labor market. ...More

August 24, 2012 | Divided We Fall: The Case of ASEAN

Justin Lau: The unprecedented disunity within ASEAN can be attributed to both internal and external factors. With rising tensions between China and the Philippines, and neighboring states picking one side or the other, the emerging US-Chinese rivalry for regional influence further threatens the institutional cohesion and economic collaboration of ASEAN. ...More


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