Tuesday, July 22, 2014
  1. World Affairs

    Putin’s Tipping Point?

    Nina L. Khrushcheva
    World Affairs

    Putin’s Tipping Point?


     draws a parallel between Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and the Soviet Union's downing of KAL 007.

    Malaysian Airlines crash Dai Tianfang/ZumaPress

    When incompetence in the Kremlin turns murderous, its incumbents can begin to tremble. As news of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine trickled into Russia, people with a long memory recalled the Soviet Union’s attack, 31 years ago this September, on Korean Air Lines Flight 007, and its political consequences. READ MORE

  2. World Affairs

    The New Thirty Years’ War

    Richard N. Haass
  3. Business & Finance

    The Fed in Denial

    Simon Johnson
    Business & Finance

    The Fed in Denial


     is not sure that America's central bank knows how to protect its independence.

    Janet Yellen Bao Dandan/ZumaPress

    Senior US Federal Reserve officials seem to have slipped back into their pre-2008 ways, ignoring concerns about dangerous financial-sector behavior. That is not only unfortunate; it is also dangerous, because the Fed’s political position is much more precarious than its leadership seems to realize. READ MORE

  4. Politics

    The Gallic Heart of Europe

    Javier Solana

    The Gallic Heart of Europe


     on why France needs Europe more than ever, and why Europe cannot survive without France.

    Eiffel Tower Bastille Day Etienne Laurent/ZumaPress

    Perhaps because of its very relevance to the making of Europe, France mistrusts the changes taking place around it – as though the weight of its nationhood were narrowing its horizons. But no country today can remain isolated from globalization, tame it, or lead it alone. So France must look again to Europe and political union. READ MORE

  5. Economics

    Europe’s Options

    Michael J. Boskin

    Europe’s Options


     sees three possible paths for the European Union, with the most likely also the least helpful.

    EU slow growth Klaus OhlenschläGer/ZumaPress

    The EU has three broad options as it confronts its economic malaise and increasingly frustrated voters. Unfortunately, the most likely option – business as usual, with improvised fixes to mini-crises – is the one least likely to deliver the growth that Europe desperately needs. READ MORE

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