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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.

Hong Kong Democracy
Beijing To Intervene In Hong Kong Dispute

Beijing’s decision to intervene in a dispute about pro-independence legislators in Hong Kong could have far-reaching consequences.

Cyber Insecurity
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Inside the Surkov Leaks—and the Surkov “Fakes”

Hacked emails of a top Putin aide show Moscow’s role in the Ukraine conflict, but an apparent forgery has also muddied the waters.

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Blue Civil War

Keep an eye on whether and how the intra-Democratic fight over scarce resources shakes up politics in the Golden State.

Pipeline Politics

Keystone XL and DAPL never had much relationship with environmental health and safety.

Media Myopia

A new study casts doubt on the idea that the false stories peddled on the internet actually meaningfully moved the voting public.

RIP TPP?

With the U.S. out of TPP, the Pacific’s major powers are making their opening pitches on how a trade deal could be salvaged.

Why We Can't Have Nice Things

The myth of the “shovel-ready” project persists.

Intel Wars

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.

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