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The Daily Wrap
Putin Narrows Russia’s Horizon as the GOP Takes the Senate

Take a break from watching election returns on TV and have a look at what we published today on the site.


Expect Minor Tremors in Foreign Policy

In the September/October 2014 issue of the magazine, we asked Michael Barone what we should expect should the GOP take the Senate. In foreign policy, at least, he didn’t foresee that much changing.

Watch the Courts

Kyle Kondik, on the other hand, sees a GOP majority in the Senate being most felt in a showdown over judicial appointments.

The Putin Era and the Narrowing of Russia’s Horizons

Part two of Ambassador Andrew Wood‘s rumination on Russia takes us through the present day, and concludes that Putin’s project for restoring Russia to a mythological past greatness amounts to a dangerously empty banality, with potentially profound consequences for the West.

Via Meadia

Will Egypt’s Champion in Libya Take Benghazi?

Libya’s Gen. Haftar may be winning back Benghazi from the Islamist militias. That’s good news for the internationally recognized parliament in Tobruk, and its worried neighbor and backer, Egypt.

Obama and Kerry Squabble Over State Department

The friction over who should be #2 at the State Department hardly inspires confidence after a tough week for the administration’s foreign policy team.

Russia to the Rescue on Iran

With the deadline for nuclear negotiations with Iran fast approaching, can it really be that Obama Administration officials are counting on Vladimir Putin’s Russia to be a lynchpin for a final deal?

US Troops Could Stay in Afghanistan Past 2016

The U.S. commander in Afghanistan is considering a recommendation to keep troops there past the President’s 2016 withdrawal date. Everyone has Iraq on the brain but the situation in Afghanistan looks different.

China and S. Korea Concur: N. Korea Could Have Nuke Warheads

China and South Korea concur with America’s military commander in South Korea: Pyongyang may have the technological capacity to build a nuke small enough to fit on a missile.

Red Dawn Shines On

If Gov. Scott Walker ekes out a victory in Wisconsin, the Red Dawn could very well continue at the state level, challenging the narratives that only ‘purple’ moderates like Ohio Gov. John Kasich can win elections.

The EU’s Open Borders Problem

Europe’s open borders are a big problem for national security services trying to track jihadists returning from the battlefield.

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