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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
October 25, 2014
Reefer Madness

Colorado Thinks Twice on Pot?

Colorado’s tax revenue from pot sales is lower than expected, causing its Governor to suggest that other states ought to re-think legalization for tax purposes. Meanwhile, some Colorado voters are having second thoughts about legalization.

Higher Ed Transformation

New Degrees Challenge “Time Served” Model

A regional accreditor has just approved a new competency-based Masters program at the University of Michigan. This is one of the first programs of its kind at a public institution, and more than 300 schools will soon be experimenting with similar degrees.

FIsh Or Cut Bait on Ukraine

George Soros Sounds Wake-Up Call on Ukraine

George Soros attacks the West for not doing enough to safeguard Ukraine.

Gazproblems

Putin Tells West to Pay Ukraine’s Gas Bill

Putin told the West it needs to cover Ukraine’s gas bill if it wants to prevent supply disruptions this winter. This has likely been his aim all along.

After Sykes-Picot

The Erased Borders of the Middle East

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon says the borders of the Middle East as we know them are defunct. He’s right.

October 24, 2014
The Mess in the Middle East

Is ISIS Using Chemical Weapons Too?

Sources suggest chlorine attacks against the Iraqi Army, and potentially more to come.

On Europe & Security

Europe’s Moment of Blinding Strategic Clarity

European leaders are finally beginning to admit to themselves that Putin’s goal is to decompose NATO and alter Europe’s normative framework. But will they do anything about it?

Fracas in Caracas

Venezuela Burns Money, China

Venezuela had already made it perfectly clear that it could not manage its finances and keep its people in good living conditions, even with the help of the world’s largest oil reserves. Now, it has has made things even worse by defaulting to China, its only real friend.

Political Order and Political Decay

Francis Fukuyama, Next Week in Washington DC

Political Order and Political Decay is out, and Frank Fukuyama is coming to DC to discuss it with our editor Adam Garfinkle. Come join us!

Targets Acquired

EU Sets New 2030 Climate Goals

The EU pushed through a number of new green targets for 2030 in Brussels today, including a 40 percent emissions cut as compared to 1990 levels.

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