comparing superpowers
Asia Leads the World’s Rising Defense Spending

It’s not exactly the most auspicious sign for future peace, and it raises important questions about how sustainable the considerable American military advantage is.

Putin's Prospects
Laborers Protest Deadbeat Russia

Russian workers who have gone without pay due to the economic troubles are protesting at the national scale. Is this a serious threat to the Putin regime?

“Phi Kappa Psi protestor” by Bob Mical – https://www.flickr.com/photos/small_realm/15666366288
Culpability & Fallibility in Journalism
The Skeptic’s Credo

As the credulous Rolling Stone shows, abandoning skepticism in the service of a higher cause is a self-defeating proposition.

Theft and Development
Corruption Undermining China’s Soft Power

China’s ability to use foreign investment got a boost with the the AIIB. But Beijing is having some problems with leveraging soft power to achieve its geopolitical ends, in part because of its corrupt practices.

Game of Thrones: China vs. India
Modi Pitches Woo in the Indian Ocean

Indian PM Modi is on a trip to win favor and influence with the small island nations of the Indian Ocean. But they have another suitor, too—Beijing.

Naval Strategy
Top Admiral: China Outguns US Under the Waves

According to the congressional testimony of a top admiral, China has more diesel and nuclear submarines than the US. That spells trouble for American strategy in the region.

Cyber Insecurity
Hackers Pulled Off a Billion Dollar Heist

A cybergang pulled off a billion dollar heist by using sophisticated hacking techniques and exploiting human error. Both methods will continue to be dangerous as more of our lives move online.

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Year In Review
The Losers of 2014

We gave you the winners; now here are their opposites.

Don't Fly For Me Argentina
UK Eyes Fortifying Falklands Defense

The UK is eyeing bolstering its military defenses on the Falkland Islands in response to growing Argentinean threats to try to retake the territory.

The Pivot Pays Dividends
Friendlier Skies Over the East China Sea

China continues to walk back some of its aggressive policies, withdrawing a threat against foreign civilian aircraft within its ADIZ.

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