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Moldova: Where Putin Could Score Next

A massive corruption scandal, a reeling pro-European government, and a breakaway region currently home to Russian troops: All the ingredients are in place for a crisis on NATO’s southern flank.

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Russia’s Military Prowess Surprises Western Analysts

If Russia has managed to develop such capabilities so quickly, imagine what China can do.

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What Happened to New Europe?

Once the toast of Washington, the post-communist countries of Eastern and Central Europe are at risk of descending into corruption and drifting into Russia’s orbit.

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Putin: The Mask Comes Off, But Will Anybody Care?

Russia appears to be deliberately fomenting more violence in Ukraine, possibly in advance of an invasion. Putin is no Hitler, but Hitler would recognize his moves.

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Without China, Can Russia Make Ukraine Happen?

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is coming down heavily on the side of a “strategic partnership” with Russia, but without aid from China, Putin may have to buy Ukraine on his own.

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The Great Ukrainian Knife Fight

The Ukraine story, one of the most important geopolitical events of the past few years, is still up in the air. Right now, Russia has the advantage but with protestors swarming the streets of Kiev and President Yanukovych away in China, anything could happen.

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Why We Can't Have Nice Things

Déjà vu all over again.

Public Opinion

A new Gallup poll registers big increases in respect for police, including among Democrats and nonwhites.

Asia's Game of Thrones

Both Washington and Manila are doing damage control in the wake of Duterte’s latest comments, but the real test is yet to come.


Even the New York Times is beginning to acknowledge Obama’s sorry legacy in the Middle East.

beyond blue

Financial literacy has to become a basic element of the U.S. educational system.


The inability to pass the easiest of trade deals with Canada speaks to a deeper structural crisis at the heart of the continent.

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