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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
October 25, 2014
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.

Carrying a Little Stick

Degrade and Destroy ISIS…But Not for a Couple of Months

Iraqi and Syrian forces may not be ready to go for a few months—but don’t count on ISIS to sit still until then.

Reforming Delivery

Sam’s Club Creates Private Exchanges to Rival ACA

First Wal-Mart put licensed agents into its stores to help customers navigate a complex health care system; now a division of the company is launching its own private insurance exchanges that aim to be simpler to use than the public ones launched with the ACA. Wal-Mart might become a lead pioneer in making our health insurance system more efficient.

Countering Putin

Russian Jets, Ships, Subs Invade Europe

Little by little, Putin is continuing to test the boundaries of Europe’s tolerance for his egregious behavior.

Cameron in a Corner

EU to UK: Go On, Pay Up, Subsidize the French

The EU is making the United Kingdom pay handsomely for its economic success even as it sets aside a huge handout to struggling France. It’s a calculated move at a politically awkward time that is sure to strengthen the UK’s appetite for a BREXIT.

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