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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
August 20, 2014
Strange Bedfellows

Turkey’s Spymaster Meets Imprisoned PKK Chief, Promises Peace

A secret meeting between a Turkish spymaster and a Kurdish militant leader on a prison island—it’s a dramatic scene, and a promising sign of rapprochement between two old enemies.

Peace in the Pacific

Australia and Indonesia Patch Up Friendship

Indonesia halted some joint intelligence and military activities with Australia due to allegations that Canberra had listened in on the Indonesian President’s phone calls. Now the two countries have resumed relations—which is good for the whole region.

Religion & Other Curiosities

Exporting the American Culture War

America’s cultural left and right have globalized the battle over questions of sexuality.

Arabian Nightmares

Saudi Arabia and the Trouble with Terrorism

Alarmed by a swift and ravenous ISIS to the north, and al-Qaeda in the Arabia Peninsula to the south, Saudi Arabia is cracking down on terrorism at home and abroad.

August 19, 2014
Trust in the 21st Century

The Anti-Statist Alliance That Wasn’t

A burgeoning alliance between social conservatives and civil libertarians to oppose the nanny state might help end some particular abuses, but in the end the two camps want very different things. Their different goals represent two very different understandings of what human beings are and how they should live.

Profligate Pentagon

Canada Rethinking F-35 Due to High Cost

Canada might not order the F-35. The “next generation” fighter jet is already costing the Pentagon more than any other weapons program in history, and the more U.S. allies that were expected to order F-35s choose not to, the more unaffordable it will get.

Good News Everyone

Fracking Earthquakes Part IV: Shakes Down

A new study by a USGS geophysicist finds that fracking-induced earthquakes shake less and are ultimately less damaging than their naturally occurring counterparts.

Ukraine's Future

Ukraine’s Refugees and the Difficulties of State-Building

The refugee crisis caused by the war in Ukraine is a humanitarian disaster. And on top of that, it bodes ill for Ukraine’s state-building prospects.

China's Minorities

Beijing Pushes Intermarriage Between Tibetans and Chinese

A new set of Chinese policies in TIbet are aimed at promoting intermarriage between Tibetans and Han Chinese. It’s all part of China’s strategy for dealing with minorities, which aims to defuse ethnic tensions by using both carrots and sticks to erode the distinctions between cultures.

The Battle of Aleppo

Is Assad Turning on ISIS Near Aleppo?

With the writing on the wall for the moderate rebels in Syria, we may be seeing the beginnings of the next stage in the conflict.

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