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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
September 19, 2014
Poroshenko Goes to Washington

US to Ukraine: Good Luck, and Have a Nice Day

The Ukrainian President’s pleas for arms and a special ally status before Congress have been rebuffed by the Obama Administration. By making it so obvious that his ultimate priority is avoiding a U.S.-Russia confrontation, the President may actually make conflict more likely.

Shia-Sunni War

Yemen Heading Toward the Abyss of Sectarian War

The Houthi rebel group is marching on Sana’a. Their gains, with Iranian backing, are rapidly turning Yemen into a new front of the Shia-Sunni wars.

Death on the March

Ebola Panic: Guinean Health Officials Slain, Sierra Leone Shuts Down

Efforts to fight Ebola, tragically, tend to undermine the social trust that is so vital to containing the disease.

Too Green to be True

China “Bans” Low-Quality Coal

Beijing announced a ban on low-grade, high-polluting coal earlier this week, but reports have emerged suggesting that power plants will be exempt from the new restrictions.

The One Certainty

How to Plan Better for Death

The Institute of Medicine has released a new report looking to fix end-of-life care through smarter Medicare reimbursements. But our reluctance to talk about death and dying works against advance planning, and that will be hard to overcome.

Messing with Putin

On Putin and Oligarchs

The arrest of Russian oil baron Vladimir Yevtushenkov tells us that, sanctions notwithstanding, Putin remains firmly in control of Russia’s oligarch class.

Medical Monopolies

FTC Puts Hospital Mergers in Its Crosshairs

The FTC has had three big wins recently fighting hospital mergers, and the whole industry is getting nervous. Given the way medical monopolies can reduce competition and increase prices, this move is coming not a moment too soon.

The No's Have It

A Union Survives

Scotland’s resounding “No” vote is a welcome demonstration of the moderation and practicality that has made Great Britain the envy of all the world. But the entire episode has sounded the death knell of centralized government. Washington and Brussels, are you listening?

Mr. Renzi's Neighborhood

The End of Europe’s Neighborhood Policy

If the EU is to meet the mounting foreign policy challenges on its southern and eastern peripheries, it must first come to terms with its past policy failures.

September 18, 2014
Treaty Trouble

UN Lowers Expectations for Next Week’s Climate Talks

Ahead of next week’s climate summit in New York City, the UN is trying to shift the focus away from crafting a global climate treaty.

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