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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
October 30, 2014
Para Pacem

The New Strategic Alignment with Iran

As the U.S. works towards a nuclear deal with Iran and fights along with it against ISIS, the two countries seem headed towards rapprochement. But making common cause with Iran raises serious questions about U.S. strategy in the Middle East.

October 29, 2014
Cold Reality

Renewables Threaten Europe’s Energy Security This Winter

A new report warns that, thanks to renewables’ increasing market share, Europe’s energy supplies may not be able to keep up with demand this winter if temperatures plunge.

The Francis Era

Catholic Opposition to Pope Francis Grows

The recent gathering of Catholic bishops to discuss the Church’s teachings on marriage, sexuality, and the family opened up new fault lines in the Church—and perhaps brought an end to this Pope’s era of good feelings.

Scotland Forever

Scotland to UK: You Can’t Leave The EU Without Our Say-So

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon declares that Scotland should have the power to veto any UK exit from the European Union.

Nordic NATO Realignment?

Nervous Swedes Eye NATO Membership

Russia’s latest provocations may be beginning to backfire.

Not Time Served

Majoring in Time-Wasting

The University of Pennsylvania, will offer a course in the spring of 2015 called “Wasting Time on the Internet.” It is exactly what it sounds like.

The Wilderness of Sinai

Egypt Clears out a “Smuggler Buffer” on Gaza Border

Egypt is clearing out a half-kilometer buffer zone along its border with Gaza following an attack on Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai. The buffer will also be to Israel’s benefit—another sign that Egypt and Israel’s interests are now in unusually close alignment.

National Insecurity

The President’s “Pathetically Weak” National Security Team

Former defense insiders spill their grievances about the security team’s insularity and incompetence to Politico’s Michael Hirsch.

The freezing cold war

Ukraine Won’t Get 2nd Round of IMF Funds in 2014

The finance minister of Ukraine announced that Kiev doesn’t expect to receive the next tranche of IMF funds within this year. Ukraine’s gas problems are only getting more acute.

Three Approaches to Social Liberalization

Rome, Canterbury and Moscow

As Pope Francis appears to be tacitly approving certain liberalizations in the Catholic Church, the Archbishop of Canterbury canceled the upcoming Lambeth Conference due to strong opposition from African clergy to the Anglican Church’s developing attitudes on gay clergy and bishops, same-sex couples, and generally tolerant attitudes toward homosexuality. Meanwhile, the Russian Orthodox Church seeks to “return Europe to its true self”.

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