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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
October 24, 2014
Carrying a Little Stick

Degrade and Destroy ISIS…But Not For a Couple of Months

Iraqi and Syrian forces may not be ready to go for a few months—but don’t count on ISIS to sit still until then.

Reforming Delivery

Sam’s Club Creates Private Exchanges to Rival ACA

First Wal-Mart put licensed agents into its stores to help customers navigate a complex health care system; now a division of the company is launching its own private insurance exchanges that aim to be simpler to use than the public ones launched with the ACA. Wal-Mart might become a lead pioneer in making our health insurance system more efficient.

Countering Putin

Russian Jets, Ships, Subs Invade Europe

Little by little, Putin is continuing to test the boundaries of Europe’s tolerance for his egregious behavior.

Cameron in a Corner

EU to UK: Go On, Pay Up, Subsidize the French

The EU is making the United Kingdom pay handsomely for its economic success even as it sets aside a huge handout to struggling France. It’s a calculated move at a politically awkward time that is sure to strengthen the UK’s appetite for a BREXIT.

From the November/December Issue

Populist Illusions and Pluralist Realities

Trying to solve the problems of democracy with more democracy doesn’t work. Here’s why.

October 23, 2014
The Future of the GOP

Red Dawn in the Morning, Incumbents Take Warning

Many of the most conservative governors up for re-election are facing very challenging re-election campaigns, even in states that are further to the right than the nation as a whole. That’s not a very promising sign for any attempt to take the “red dawn” national.

Gazproblems

Europe’s Energy Supplies Are Anything But Secure

European policymakers have been busy these last few months looking for alternative energy sources to Russian gas, but at the end of the day, the continent is and will remain heavily dependent on Putin’s hydrocarbons.

The Brotherhood Out of Power

As Egypt’s Students Protest, Radicals Move In

A series of bombings following a wave of student protests in Egypt reveals that Sisi might have a Brotherhood youth problem, and a violent one at that.

The Fracas in Caracas

Venezuela Outdoes The Onion

Venezuela attempts to ration groceries by using fingerprint scanner—with predictable results.

A Greener Planet?

Modi Tackles Fuel Subsidies

Narendra Modi is starting to roll out some of his more significant macro reforms, including rolling out cuts to longstanding fuel subsidies. Greens should rejoice.

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