EA January 2016

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“5G” Angst: Europe’s Bid to Drive Future of Wireless Technology

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spellmanIn summoning the heads of Europe’s top telecommunications companies to a recent meeting (January 12), the European Commission has signaled that it wants Europe to lead development and implementation of the next generation of technologies that cellphones and other wireless devices will use, the so-called “5G” bundle of software and hardware expected to be widely available around 2020, if not sooner.

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Political Stability Takes a Siesta in Spain

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ryan barnes photo 2The Spanish political system has been turned upside down. The bipolar political stranglehold of the center-left Socialists (PSOE) and center-right Popular Party (PP), who have alternated in power for most of the post-Franco democratic era in Spain, has eased. Upstarts from the both the right and left, Ciudadanos and Podemos, respectively, have crashed the party. Add a resurgent Catalan independence movement to the mix and politics in Spain have never been as turbulent and unpredictable. The December 20th elections, which were supposed to provide some clarity, have created an even more uncertain political landscape.

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Perspectives: The Polish Enigma

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markusziener2015Poland—The Next EU crisis? The Good News: This time it's not about money.

There is reason to be cautious when judging current events in Poland. And observers are well advised not to automatically use heavy artillery when criticizing the new right-wing government in Warsaw. Why? Because Poland stands for nothing less than the biggest success story to date in Eastern Europe. Poland, a country once notorious for inflation, strikes and government turmoil, has orchestrated, in the past 26 years, a remarkable political and economic turnaround. Poland was the first Eastern country to rid itself of communism and then consequently followed a clear-cut path of integration into Western structures like NATO and EU. This happened to a large extent during the ten years of the presidency of Alexander Kwasniewski, a former minister in a communist cabinet.  Poland deserves credit and recognition for those achievements.

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2016, a tale of two Europes? Anti-terrorism, Refugee Crisis, and Economic Headwinds to Test EU Institutions

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spellmanOn many fronts, Europe is at a watershed entering 2016.

Its agility in negotiating economic, political, and social challenges ahead goes to the heart of the European Union’s future—its purpose, effectiveness, resiliency, and evolution.

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“Hubris: the Tragedy of War in the Twentieth Century,” by Alistair Horne; Harper; 382 pages

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BarrettThe battles of Tsushima and Verdun raged in different decades on opposite sides of the globe between different adversaries. Russian and Japanese fleets dueled off Korea’s southeast coast in 1905 at Tsushima. Massed French and German ground forces soaked Verdun’s acreage in blood in 1916. To discern a common relevance of these disparate conflicts, and to project their impact forward to wars of the 1940’s and 1950’s requires a military historian of unusual imagination and erudition.

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