Balkan Tensions Revived by Soccer Stunt

At a soccer match between Albania and Serbia earlier this month in Belgrade, chaos broke out after fans of the visiting side perpetrated a bizarre stunt involving a miniature drone.  Jacob Brunell takes a closer look at what happened on the field that day, and what the consequences of the event’s aftermath will be on relations between the two historically estranged Balkan nations.  

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New Alliance, Old Fear

A report released last week on the U.S.-Japan alliance, which seems to prescribe a more powerful and assertive Japanese military, has put China on high alert.  Zihao Liu argues that, despite the lack of militaristic feeling in Japan, the vague and foreboding language of the report will likely reinforce China’s mistrust of the U.S.-Japan alliance. 

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Battle for Kobane: A Test of International Effectiveness

With the Syrian border town of Kobane under siege for the past weeks, calls among the international community have been growing stronger for international intervention to support the town in its fight against IS militants.  Chris Rodriguez looks at why Turkey is not likely to play any role in such an intervention, and why the U.S. should.

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