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Russia vs. the West
Russia vs. the West
Russia’s Outsized Reaction to Planned NATO Drills

NATO, Finland, and Sweden are conducting a planned exercise that they hold every two years, but this time Russia arranges surprise counter-drills across the border that are three times larger.

Russia vs. the West
Russia Widens War Against McDonald's

200 more McDonald’s branches are under investigation in Russia. McDonald’s has become one of the main casualties of Putin’s attempt to de-Westernize his country.

Russia vs. the West
Russia's Public Enemy #1: McDonald's

Twelve McDonald’s branches have now been closed in Russia, and one hundred more are under investigation. Putin’s campaign to de-Westernize his country is continuing apace.

Russia vs. the West
The McDonalds Peace Theory Lives On?

Russia is closing a symbolically important McDonalds location in Pushkin Square. Could this represent a possible fillip of hope for McDonalds Peace Theory?

Russia vs. the West
Voice of Sanity in Russia?

A recent interview with a close economic advisor to Putin suggests that a minority at the heights of Russian power disapproves of isolationism and favors closer ties to the West. Anybody who wants to see Russia’s relationship with the West reverse its current course, take note.

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Why We Can't Have Nice Things

An expert working on the project cautions the MTA may miss its next deadline.

Higher Ed Shake Up

New low-cost programs are carving out a critical space in the U.S. higher education system.


Hint: it isn’t pretty.

Blue Model Blues

Kicking the can down the road is turning into a hobby for PA lawmakers.

Xi who must be obeyed

The Chinese President’s new status as “core” leader will strengthen his hand, but rifts remain within the Party.

Deal or No Deal

The answer isn’t straightforward, and it’s likely to be decided by our next president.

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