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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
October 23, 2014
Essay

Power to the People, Softly

“Decentralization” is a dirty byword for federalization in much of Eurasia (cf. Ukraine), but it’s not a bad idea in Georgia, especially after the excesses of centralization under Mikheil Saakashvili.

After the Arab Spring

Tunisia Is Fertile Recruiting Ground For ISIS

Why is the Arab Spring’s sole success story producing more ISIS fighters than anywhere else?

October 22, 2014
Carrying a Little Stick

As Anbar Falls, Are Any Americans on the Ground There?

Reports suggest that, yet again, despite the Obama Administration’s bellicose rhetoric, American forces are being deployed too few and too late to the fight.

Shale Is Hale

Fracking Innovation Defying Oil Price Dangers

Plunging crude prices are affecting producers’ ability to profitably drill, and there’s a growing concern that the bear market could affect U.S. fracking. But continued innovation has firms producing more oil with lower costs, which suggests that the shale revolution may be more resilient than many think.

ACA Fail Fractal

Democrats Losing Public Trust on Health Care

In 2007, 50 percent of respondents to a WSJ poll said they trusted the Democratic Party to improve the U.S. health care system, compared to 28 percent who trusted Republicans. Now that gap is 36 to 32 percent. That is, so far, the political legacy of the ACA.

Israel the Energy Exporter

Israel Set to Export Gas to Egypt

A deal between Egypt and Israel would signal a changing energy market and growing ties between the two countries.

Gazproblems

Russia Moves the Goalposts in Ukraine Gas Deal

Yesterday, it looked as if Russia and Ukraine were going to sign an interim deal to supply Kiev with barely enough gas to get it through this winter, but at the last minute, Putin required assurances from the West that Poroshenko would pay his bills.

Prices Prices Prices

ACA Consolidation Push Sends Costs Skyrocketing

In part because of the ACA, hospitals are increasingly acquiring independent physician practices. When that happens, the cost of health care can increase by as much as 20 percent.

Reddit AMA

TODAY: Tune in to Walter Russell Mead’s AMA

TAI Editor-at-Large Walter Russell Mead will be conducting a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” today at 2 p.m. EDT, so start thinking of any questions you’d like to have answered!

Butcher Assad

Assad Ups Chemical Weapons Attacks

While the world looks away, Assad’s brutal campaign continues. Here’s a surprise: he’s still using chemical weapons.

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