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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
September 17, 2014
Putin & Al-Baghdadi

Genocidal Murders and Ordinary Thuggery

There is no moral equivalence between the Islamic State and Putin’s Russia—the first is a genocidal totalitarianism while the second is brutally authoritarian, but not genocidal. But both want to carve out new or enlarged states across internationally recognized borders, both threaten international stability, and both ultimately legitimate themselves in religious terms.

Asia's Game of Thrones

China Woos Sri Lanka, Wins New Port City

China is paying for a host of Sri Lankan infrastructure and developing projects as part of Xi’s plan to secure a “maritime Silk Road” for Chinese trade. China’s economic might gives it lots of leverage in the Game of Thrones.

Energy Weapons

Sanctions Threaten Future of Siberian Shale

Russia claims the most recent round of energy sanctions—targeting partnerships with foreign companies to extract unconventional oil and gas reserves—won’t have an effect on future production. Moscow’s creation of a crisis fund for sanctions-hit companies suggests otherwise.

September 16, 2014
Great Scot!

Scottish Devolution Pledges Provoke a Conservative Party Backlash

Backbench MPs promise a “bloodbath” even if the “No” vote succeeds. David Cameron has promised more to Scotland than some Conservatives will tolerate.

Jordan & Israel

Pay Attention to This Gas Deal

Israel is shaping up to be an unexpectedly important energy player in the Middle East, providing the promise of collaboration and economic growth in a part of the world in which both are in very short supply.

The Brotherhood in Flight

The Muslim Brotherhood in Exile Finds a Potential Home in Turkey

In a slight to Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkey would welcome senior members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Abortion in America

Reneging on an ACA Abortion Compromise

When the ACA was first passed, President Obama offered a compromise on federal abortion funding to pro-life Democrats whose votes he needed. Now a new GAO report suggests that compromise is lapsing in implementation.


Saying Goodbye

Today is the one-year anniversary of the death of Walter Russell Mead’s mother, Polly Mead. Here is the essay he wrote on the occasion.

Smart Diplomacy

State Dept.: Obama “Open to Conversations” with Iran about ISIS

A State Dept. spokeswoman says that the Administration is open to talking with Iran about ISIS, though opposed to “coordination.” These words are likely to annoy the Sunnis—exactly the people whom Obama is trying to recruit to fight ISIS.

ISIS' Foreign Fighters

ISIS Finds Followers among Turkey’s Vulnerable Populations

From alcoholics and drug addicts to divorced parents, the terror group finds recruits among the troubled and vulnerable in Turkey.

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