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Damir Marusic
The Art of the Deal
Could Trump Pry Russia and Iran Apart?

The outlines for how the Trump Administration thinks a “reset” with Russia might work are coming into focus. The chances for it actually working remain lower than most think.

Intel Wars
Beyond the “Flynn Probe”

There doesn’t appear to be much to the so-called Flynn Probe itself, but it hints to a deeply dysfunctional dynamic existing between the intelligence community and the new Trump Administration.

Just How Effective Is Russia’s RT?

Regular readers know the answer: not very effective at all.

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A Last Effort at Sustaining Sanctions?

As opposed to many journalists, economists are evenly split as to whether sanctions on Russia will be lifted soon. Despite the President-elect’s campaign rhetoric on Russia, there’s reason to be skeptical that the sanctions’ end is nigh.

Assassination in Ankara
What the Murder of the Russian Ambassador Might Mean

It’s probably not Sarajevo 1914 all over again. But don’t be so sure that this event will bring the Russians and Turks together, either.

A Conversation with Mikhail Khodorkovsky
“Looking to the Future When Dealing with Putin Only Leads to Self-Deception”

TAI recently sat down with Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the outspoken former head of Yukos who was jailed for ten years by Vladimir Putin. We asked the Kremlin’s leading critic in exile about his views on the current Russian regime, Donald Trump, the rise of global populism, the thorny question of Crimea, and his political ambitions.

Understanding the Election Meddling
What Does Russia Really Want?

The hyperventilation by the press over Russian interference in our elections is playing right into Putin’s hands.

Fake News and False Consciousness
Getting Beyond the Blame Game

Fake news doesn’t make bad voters. Instead, it’s more likely that the apparent appetite for anti-establishment content on social media is a symptom of deep-seated anxiety and dissatisfaction with how things are going.

Europe's Mess
The Paradox of Renzi’s Referendum Defeat

A “No” vote many thought would strike a serious blow against the EU may have been more of a stay of execution. But that does not mean any of Europe’s underlying problems have gone away.

Trumpquake Cont'd.
Coal in Brussels’ Stocking in Early December?

Early next month, two pivotal votes will happen in Europe on the very same day. The establishment is worried.

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Walter Russell Mead & Staff

Trump voters were right that the nation needs change and that the “best and the brightest” are failing the nation the way they did during the Vietnam War.

Mullah Mismanagement

Many multi-ethnic states have broken down over the past 150 years, and Iran risks going the same way.

Presidents' Day

Presidents’ Day is a holiday about nobody that teaches nothing.

Crude Economics

They’re cutting consumption at home to keep exports up.


Europe’s elections may not offer the fertile ground for “fake news” that is commonly assumed.

the trillion dollar question

A massive infrastructure package is high on the administration’s list of priorities, but actually bringing this idea to fruition will be harder than it looks.

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