Saturday 31 January 2009
September 23, 2008
Domestic Pressure Is 'Only Sustainable Solution'
A leading corruption watchdog has published its annual report looking at how much officials in various countries abuse their public office for private gain. Of course, all of these activities are best done in secret, so it is hard for anyone to fully measure them. But the Berlin-based Transparency International tries to do the next best thing. It asks people who know a country best -- analysts and businesspeople -- how much corruption they perceive to exist there.
July 28, 2008
Former Ambassador Enjoys Macedonian Homecoming
The United States' chief negotiator in the ongoing talks over North Korea's nuclear program, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Christopher Hill, made a homecoming of sorts this week when he traveled to Macedonia to be decorated as an honorary citizen of its capital, Skopje.
July 25, 2008
Macedonia Moves Closer To The Abyss
Macedonia is in a tough spot. Internal ethnic and political tensions and incomplete recognition by its neighbors leave the country insecure, while it is also being passed over by the other Balkan countries one by one in joining the EU. Are conditions right for another Balkan "perfect storm" of ethnic conflict?