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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
September 1, 2014
Crisis in Ukraine

Russia’s Choice: Putinism or Progress

Here are several things Western policymakers can do to help Russia reject the former and choose the latter.

August 31, 2014
Thai Coup

Thai Military Settles in for the Long Haul

The Thai military maintains that democracy will return to the country in late 2015, but in the meantime, the new Prime Minister, General Prayuth, is consolidating his hold on power.

Splish Splash

Libyan Islamists Party in U.S. Embassy Pool

Libyan Islamists play in the swimming pool at the abandoned U.S. Embassy residential annex in Tripoli. Meanwhile, they claim to have control over the embassy itself.

pension peril

Russia Takes Away Workers’ Piggy Banks

Russia is raiding money that was supposed to be invested for future pensions in order to make current pension payments.

the long war

The Grim Lessons of “Protective Edge”

Israel’s long-term strategy against Hamas will not bring clear, satisfying victories, but attrition is its only viable option.

August 30, 2014
Arabs Against Hamas

Abbas Blames Hamas for Extending Gaza War

Mahmoud Abbas thinks Hamas is to blame for many of the recent deaths in Gaza. Time for a BDS movement against the PA?

Rethinking Higher-Ed

Another Round in the Higher Ed Wars

William Deresiewicz’s Excellent Sheep is the latest book to bemoan the way higher education is failing to improve its students’ souls. But college is at least as important a means of preparing students for life in our increasingly changeable economy and society.

Gazproblems

Moscow and Kiev Can’t Reach a Gas Deal

The EU brokered talks between Russia and Ukraine on Friday, in an attempt to get gas flowing once again ahead of winter, when gas demand will spike. Neither side seemed willing to budge on key issues, and supply disruptions are looking more and more likely.

Russia vs. the West

Russia’s Public Enemy #1: McDonald’s

Twelve McDonald’s branches have now been closed in Russia, and one hundred more are under investigation. Putin’s campaign to de-Westernize his country is continuing apace.

August 29, 2014
the new world disorder

Is Obama Rethinking His “Trust the Mullahs” Strategy?

Increased sanctions on Iran may indicate that the White House is having second thoughts on its potential grand bargain with the regime.

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