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New World Order
Ukraine Reckons With Trump

Will Trump’s election and a surge of fighting in the east put Ukraine’s leaders in a deal-making mood with Russia? Don’t count on it.

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.

Year In Review
The Eight Great Powers of 2017

In 2016, Russia surpassed Germany, and Israel joined the list for the first time.

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.

Tightening the Belt
Russia No Longer A Top 5 Defense Spender

Russia is increasingly flexing its military muscle on the world stage these days, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at the raw numbers.

Liberal Disorder
The ICC’s Credibility Crisis Laid Bare

Six years after charging Sudan’s president with genocide, the ICC still has no leverage in securing his arrest.

The Populist Surge
Italy’s Euroskeptic Scuffle

Italy’s constitutional referendum faces formidable opposition from a diverse collection of Euroskeptics and populists.

Syrian Civil War
Aleppo Teeters on the Brink

Assad’s forces have recaptured a third of the rebel stronghold, in what could be a major turning point.

Violence in Myanmar
Separatist Conflict Comes Roaring Back In Myanmar

The resurgence of ethnic violence in Myanmar comes at a critical moment for its leader.

Russian Soft Power
Another Opening for Russia, This Time in Estonia

A government collapse in Estonia provides an opening for a pro-Russia party, as similar parties make headway in Georgia and Moldova.

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Higher Education Watch

GOP legislators are beclowning themselves by proposing utterly unworkable solutions that infringe on academic freedom and in any case would make things far worse.

Asia's Game of Thrones

On behalf of ASEAN, the Philippines has issued a rare expression of unanimous concern over China’s actions in the South China Sea.

Climate Obsession

The Gray Lady sees the climate change bogeyman behind every closet door. In the case of Mexico City, it’s a profoundly shoddy diagnosis.

Disunion

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.

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