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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
October 30, 2014
Blue Model Blues

Rhode Island’s Blue Unions Turn Red

Rhode Island’s public sector unions are so mad over Democrat Gina Raimondo’s support for pension reform that they may back Republican Alan Fung for Governor in order to send a message.

A World on Fire

What Is America’s Role in the World?

A crisis-driven foreign policy will inevitably succumb to disorientation and exhaustion. The United States needs a serious discussion about its role in the world—one that matches objectives and means.

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.

Bargaining Positions

China Wins in Ukraine

Thanks to the Ukraine crisis and subsequent Western sanctions, China has gained a better bargaining position in its dealings with Russia.

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