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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
September 19, 2014
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.

India Ascendant?

A Bittersweet Meeting Between Xi and Modi

Xi is in India to meet with Modi, and the two have sealed some massive economic deals, with even more expected to be on the way. At the same time, things are only getting worse for their geopolitical rivalry over a half century-old border dispute and China’s maritime expansionism. For the time being, the world’s two most populous countries will continue to have a paradoxical diplomatic relationship: Economically sweet, and politically sour.

Reviews

Drunk History

A view of U.S. history through a whiskey glass reveals the central place of the bar in American life.

Gazproblems

Gazprom Bracing For Record Low Output

Russia’s state-owned natural gas firm looks set to produce less gas this year than it ever has in its history, in no small part thanks to the decision to cut off supplies to Ukraine.

erin go bragh

Ireland’s Economy Becomes Fastest-Growing in the Eurozone

In the three months leading up to June, Ireland’s economy grew faster than any other country’s in the eurozone. It still has a lot of work to do, but things could be looking up for a country with a great deal of native strength and resilience.

foreign policy is back

Democrats Lose Edge with Women Voters

Only a month ago, Democrats had big leads over Republicans among women voters in the pre-midterm polls, but now that edge has collapsed. Is resurgent Jacksonianism the cause?

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