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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
July 28, 2014
Running on Fumes

A Coal Bubble in China?

Nearly three out of four Chinese coal enterprises are running in the red, the result of a supply glut that points to a broader slowing of the Chinese economy.

Asia's Game of Thrones

Japanese Activism Goes Global

Japan has signed major energy deals with Colombia and Mexico, and is increasing sanction on Russia. Japanese foreign policy is becoming increasingly active, as PM Shinzo Abe seeks to counterbalance China’s rise.

crackdown

China’s Persecution of Christians May Make Them Stronger

Chinese officials are continuing with their efforts to destroy crosses and churches. But this comparatively mild persecution may help Chinese Christians in the long run.

Testing the Waters

China Schedules Another ‘Routine’ Naval Drill

Nothing to see here. As the world burns and the West is transfixed by events in Ukraine and the Middle East, Chinese leaders quietly continue to test how far they can push things without eliciting a response.

Crisis in Ukraine

Finlandization Is Not a Solution for Ukraine

The term “Finlandization” is making a comeback as a proposed remedy for Ukraine’s delicate position between East and West. A look back at Finland’s postwar experience shows us why this is a bad idea.

 

July 27, 2014
New Commutarianism

The Upsides of Living with Your Parents

A recent Pew study finds that more young adults than ever before are living with their parents or grandparents. That has only deepened concerns about millennials’ economic prospects, but multigenerational households have significant advantages as well.

Weekly Roundup

Schrödinger’s Bank, Middle-Class Myopia, and the Fruits of “Smart Diplomacy”

Good afternoon, TAI readers! We trust you’re enjoying what’s left of your weekend. As you gear up for the week ahead, take the time to look back on what you may have missed on the site over the week behind:

The Weekend Read

A Sport of Nature

A Sport of Nature offers is a fictional meditation on the power of spontaneity in politics. It stands for the idea that no matter how dark the world the light of the human spirit can and will shine forth to bring a new day.

Enviro-Mental

The Ups and Downs of German Green Energy

Germany is paying its utilities record amounts to help balance out its increasingly volatile energy market, the result of the country’s green energy policy.

The World Ignites

Is the Middle East Fighting a New Thirty Years War?

The West is weary of war in the Middle East—but what about those who are fighting it? This could be just the beginning.

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