Leadership

Afghanistan: The Future of the National Unity Government

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The power dispute between President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah is imperilling Afghanistan’s… ICG To avoid the collapse of the U.S.-brokered National Unity Government, both actors must end political partisanship and… Executive Summary Two and a half years after it was created to prevent the… Afghanistan: The Future… Read More »

Renegade ultranationalists could derail Erdoğan

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Meet Meral Akşener, the wildcard ahead of Sunday’s neck-and-neck… ANKARA — As Turkey prepares to vote on the expansion of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s powers on Sunday, a small band of renegade ultranationalists may hold the… ZIA WEISE Politico The nationalist opposition has declared its support for Erdoğan, but a… At the forefront of this insurgency is Meral Akşener, a… Renegade ultranationalists could… Read More »

For Serbia’s Vučić, road to EU runs through Balkans

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Newly-elected president tells POLITICO how he intends to balance relations with the West and… BY MATTHEW KARNITSCHNIG  Politico BELGRADE — Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić vowed to deepen trade ties within the western Balkans after he takes over as president in June, saying closer economic relations were the… Vučić, in his first interview since winning the presidency on… For Serbia’s Vučić… Read More »

Burundi: The Army in Crisis

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Two years on, the Burundi crisis shows little sign of resolution. Political and ethnic polarisation are now tearing apart the integrity of the army, long seen as the primary achievement of the… ICG Executive Summary Two years in, the Burundi crisis shows little sign of… Following the July 2015 re-election of President Nkurunziza, whose April decision to run… Burundi: The Army… Read More »

The Presidency debate: Social inclusion

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After years of austerity, confidence in Europe’s capacity to care for the weakest and most disadvantaged has come under close… By Brian Maguire, Evan Lamos and Olivier Billot | EURACTIV.com The Maltese presidency pledges to lead by example advancing Europe social policy in close consultation with social partners, civil society and… The Presidency is a video series by EURACTIV, looking at the… The Presidency debate… Read More »

Kushner has a singular and almost untouchable role in Trump’s White House

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When Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, touched down in Iraq on Monday, his visit to the critical Middle East country preceded more traditional trips by either the… By Ashley Parker and John Wagner  The Washington Post Kushner’s unusual journey to Baghdad — including a… In an administration riven by competing factions and… Kushner has a… Read More »

More Flynn omissions as White House discloses Russia Today payment

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The ousted national security adviser itemizes payments, revealing at least $5,000 from Kremlin-funded media… By DARREN SAMUELSOHN and BRYAN BENDER Politico Former national security adviser Michael Flynn reported payments of at least $5,000 for a speaking engagement with the Kremlin-funded English… That RT payment and two… More Flynn omissions… Read More »

Erdoğan’s power grab

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MARCH 13:  A couple walk past a large banner showing the portrait of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Taksim Square on March 13, 2017 in Istanbul, Turkey. Turkey will hold its constitutional referendum on April 16, 2017. Turks will vote on 18 proposed amendments to the Constitution of Turkey. The controversial changes seek to replace the parliamentary system and move to a presidential system which would give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan executive authority. Campaigning will officially begin on February 25 with a pro referendum rally to be held in Ankara and attended by Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

What the upcoming referendum means for Turkey. Zia Weise Politico ISTANBUL — The cure-all for Turkey’s ills is close at hand — if you believe Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: a ‘yes’ result in next month’s referendum would restore security and stability, the president… Erdoğan’s power… Read More »

Non merci: French voters reject corruption in politics

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French voters just won’t tolerate corruption in politics anymore – that appears to be the message from the swift downfall of the country’s powerful… PARIS – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet It’s a notable shift from the past, when influence peddling seemed endemic and politicians untouchable, even when they were accused of… The change is the… Non merci: French… Read More »

Woolsey: Flynn discussed sending Erdogan foe back to Turkey

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(CNN) – Former Central Intelligence Agency Director James Woolsey told CNN Friday that former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn met with representatives of the Turkish government in 2016 and… Leigh Munsil CNN As a representative of his consulting firm, Flynn Intel Group, Flynn met with senior… Woolsey: Flynn discussed… Read More »

Leadership through ethics

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The call for ethics and transparency seems to have become a fairly standard issue, with just about every person in a leadership position — regardless of their background, affiliation, stance, independence or even qualification… Khalid Abdulla-Janahi Arab News It is so common, that it has become expected, almost required. These often loud… Leadership through… Read More »

Citizens should demand the type of leader they want

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Many times in the past, we have heard aspirants claim they are running for office in response to popular grass-roots demands. Godwin Murunga Daily Nation Often, it is difficult, even impossible, to verify these claims. In many more instances, those who make the claims end up losing spectacularly in the elections while others do not even make it to the final ballot. In most cases… Citizens should demand… Read More »

Ousted Egypt president Mubarak freed from detention, says lawyer

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Egypt’s ousted president Hosni Mubarak left a military hospital on March 24 where he had spent much of the last six years in detention, his lawyer… Hurriyet Mubarak had been cleared for release earlier this month after a top court finally acquitted him of involvement in protester deaths during the… “Yes,” his lawyer Farid al-Deeb told… Ousted Egypt president… Read More »

Who provokes, who rules, who benefits?

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Turkey, or let us say the Turkish president and the government, continues losing prestige in the West with his aggressive and provocative approach. Zakir Gul Euractiv Zakir Gul asks, is Erdoğan paving the way for a one-man-rule presidency with the upcoming constitutional referendum in Turkey? The tensions started… Who provokes, who… Read More »

In Donald Trump’s fantasy world, hints of reality are dawning

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From the travel ban to healthcare to Nato funding, the president is realising that there are limits to the power of his… Matthew d’Ancona The Guardian The great philosopher-novelist Umberto Eco once declared that we will always come up against “the hard core of Being” and the “lines of resistance” that tell us when we are talking rubbish, or… In Donald Trump’s…  Read More »

Paul Keating: Only a reckless government would raid super for housing

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Countries get one chance in history of putting into place a savings retirement scheme on the scale of the Australian superannuation… Paul Keating The Sydney Morning Herald The right conditions had to be there: a government which saw the need, a policy-induced surge of productivity to pay for it and an… The system is the envy of the developed… Paul Keating: Only… Read More »