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Weekly Roundup
The End of Erdogan, Putin's Unmasking, and the Climate Dangers of Cows

Good afternoon, TAI readers! We trust you’re enjoying a restful weekend. As you gear up for the week ahead, and for St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow, take the time to look back on the important stories you may have missed over the past week:

The beginning of the end for Erdogan? It looks like the Turkish Prime Minister’s party will scrape by in elections later this month, but the man’s hubris, his conspiracy-mongering, and his party’s noticeable lack of any kind of democratic culture all add up to irreparable damage to Erdogan’s legacy.

The media that cried “fascist.” In Russia, both the media and politicians are insisting that Moscow is acting to confront fascism in Ukraine. That crude political insult is a powerful weapon for the Kremlin, but Andrew Wood writes that “there are elements in its bloodstream that should disqualify Moscow from so slandering others.”

Doctorless and broke, America lumbers on. Here’s a potent one-two punch for Obamacare proponents: President Obama conceded this week that some Americans will have to switch doctors under the new ACA exchanges, while Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius acknowledged premiums are likely to go up. The reality of the ACA is much different from what we were sold.

Has the West fallen in to Putin’s trap? Lilia Shevtsova thinks so, as she writes that in the run-up to today’s Crimean referendum, the world’s liberal democracies seem to have assumed the Crimean annexation as a foregone conclusion.

Cows are worse for climate change than natural gas. That’s the conclusion of the EPA, which found methane emissions from America’s cattle herd outstrip those of its burgeoning natural gas industry. We’re fracking more and emitting less, and that’s a good thing.

Putin is no Hitler, but Adolf would recognize his moves. Russia seems to be fomenting more widespread violence in Ukraine over the weekend, a move that could possibly presage an invasion. The real nature of Putin’s policy—and in particular, his ruthlessness—is on full display, but how will the West react?

Pakistan’s foreign policy is up for sale. Pakistan has a long history of renting itself out to the highest bidder, making foreign policy decisions in exchange for economic support. But its recent decision to align itself with Saudi wishes in Syria could be the most dangerous “sale” Pakistan has made yet.

Putin opens up Pandora’s box with his appeals to nationalism. Moscow has justified its invasion of Crimea by insisting it has a duty to protect ethnic Russians’ interests abroad, but Raymond Sontag points out that this could be Putin’s undoing. “A Russia that defines itself in ethnic terms will be unable to integrate territories in the North Caucasus peacefully,” he writes.

Step one: contain the disease. Vladislav Inozemtsev argues that the first step in the global fight against corruption ought to be to limit its growth in the developed world. In other words, we should, for the moment, be concerned with quarantining corruption in the developing world, rather than eliminating it there.

It takes three to tango. The equation for a peaceful solution to the Ukrainian crisis involves three different variables: a strong EU-US alliance, responsible Ukrainian leadership, and an honest broker in Russia. World leaders ignore this trinity at their own peril.

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