Good evening, podcast listeners! We have an excellent episode for you this week, as we invite Andrew A. Michta on to discuss the West’s tepid response to Moscow’s aggression, and talk to John Bew about David Cameron’s recent cabinet reshuffle.
In the wake of the Malaysia Air shoot down, Many Western leaders are calling for a ceasefire and a political solution to the conflict in Ukraine. They’re making a big mistake—one that could end up creating yet another “frozen conflict” along Russia’s periphery. The West should instead be helping the leadership in Kiev restore full sovereignty over Ukraine’s territory.
ISIS has expelled virtually all Christians from Mosul, and persecution against Christians is worsening throughout Asia. Radicals in Sri Lanka and government officials in China are both cracking down on Christian communities.
Sen. Rand Paul is making a big push in the Golden State. Is Silicon Valley starting to see the benefits of playing the political field?
India’s parliament has refused to accept a resolution to censure Israel for its military campaign in Gaza. For a country historically sympathetic to the Palestinians, this is a notable change.
Indonesia’s General Election Commission is set to release its official results to the hotly-contested presidential elections tomorrow. It’s not likely to put an end to the matter.
The Turkish PM had extraordinarily ugly words for Israel, as riots nearly overran the Israeli embassy in Ankara. Turkish-Israeli relations are definitely back on the rocks.
Genetically modified crops could feed millions of hungry Africans and bolster the continent’s shaky food security, but Luddite anti-GMO campaigners have so successfully smeared the technology that no African government has approved its use.
EU leaders are set to meet on Tuesday to discuss further sanctions on Russia, and Putin’s billionaires appear to be scared. But will the Europeans follow through?
U.S. drone strikes have begun again in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal areas after a six-month hiatus.