Brett Smiley


NATO Proceeds with North Macedonia’s Accession Protocol 1

This week the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) approved the accession protocol for the newly named Republic of North Macedonia. North Macedonia has been seeking to join NATO but has been opposed by neighboring Greece. As a standing NATO member, Greece has vetoed its northern neighbor from joining the alliance […]


Theresa May’s Brexit Withdrawal Agreement Requires Compromise

In November, Theresa May and the E.U. finalized the terms for the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement (Brexit Deal) leaving both parties satisfied that Brexit could proceed following ratification from the U.K. Parliament. However, when the deal was brought back to the U.K., May faced serious opposition from both pro-E.U. lawmakers and […]


Greek Prime Minister Survives No-Confidence Vote Over Macedonia Name Change 1

Greek Prime Minister Alex Tsipras survived a no-confidence vote following the withdrawal of the nationalist ANEL party from the ruling coalition led by his Syriza party. The withdrawal was in protest to the progression of the Prespa Agreement between Greece and Macedonia, which aimed to settle the longstanding name dispute […]


European Union Imposes Sanctions On Iran

The European Union has enacted sanctions of two Iranian officials and a unit within the Iranian Intelligence Ministry following assassinations in the Netherlands and attempted attacks in Denmark and France. The sanctions have placed the intelligence unit and the individuals on the EU terrorism list in addition to freezing their […]


How An Independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church Could Have Geopolitical Ramifications 1

In October, Eastern Orthodox Church leader Patriarch Bartholomew I declared the Ukrainian Church’s independence from the Russian Orthodox Church. The Istanbul-based leader, considered “first amongst equals,” granted the Ukrainian Church a “Tomos of Autocephaly,” which allows the Ukrainian Church full independence. This has resulted in the largest schism in the […]