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Is the Comey Firing Proof of a Smoking Gun?

Given what we know right now, probably not. But that in no way diminishes the consequences Donal Trump’s decision will have, both within the United States and beyond our borders.

Of Moscow Meetings
When Rex Met Sergey

Behind all the talk of tension and impasses, one can see the outlines of Donald Trump’s transactional diplomacy taking shape.

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Trump Turns Up the Heat on North Korea

With a carrier group en route to the Korean peninsula, Pyongyang should be nervous after the Syria strikes.

Dinner with Don Corleone
What the Syria Strikes Mean

A strong message was sent to Xi and Putin—in that order.

Managed Democracy
Russia’s Protests Fizzle?

With Alexei Navalny behind bars, government threats issued, and the internet lightly censored, very few people turned out to the Russian streets this past weekend.

Pipeline Politics
Israel Plans a Pipeline to Europe

It’s an audacious project. But will it work?

Pretenders to the Throne
The Kremlin Intrigue Behind the Anti-Corruption Protests

The story is more about a power struggle than about people power.

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Another Adventure
Is This Russia’s Opening Move in Libya?

If so, it could be a repeat of the Syria strategy: do just enough to achieve an acceptable outcome.

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.

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