Tuesday, September 30, 2014
  1. Addicted to Putin

    Maxim Trudolyubov

    Addicted to Putin


     provides a glimpse into the mindset that is fueling ordinary Russians' support for their president.

    Vladimir Putin tshirt Anna Sergeeva/ZumaPress

    Watching Russia’s worrying trajectory under President Vladimir Putin, many foreign observers ask how a leader who is so apparently driving his country toward the abyss can remain so popular. The answer is simple: Putin’s supporters – that is, a hefty majority of Russians – do not see the danger ahead. READ MORE

  2. “Whatever It Takes” in Ukraine

    Jorge Mariscal

    “Whatever It Takes” in Ukraine

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    &  argue that the ECB's approach to the eurozone crisis should be applied in Ukraine.

    Ukraine Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sergii Kharchenko/ZumaPress

    Europe’s efforts to revive its economy and confront the crisis in Ukraine may seem to be two entirely separate challenges. But policymakers, struggling to contain Russia and find an acceptable long-term settlement on Europe's eastern borders, could learn a lot from the way ECB President Mario Draghi has managed to stabilize the eurozone. READ MORE

  3. Policy “Crimes”

    Michael J. Boskin

    Policy “Crimes”


     bemoans the trend toward delegitimation of ideological opponents.

    Nicolas Maduro Ridardo Hausmann Wikimedia Commons

    Many pressing crises around the world require attention and action. But we must also focus – in the media and in the classroom – on less dramatic but nonetheless dangerous attacks on democracy and democratic values, including in the Americas, where statist regimes and others have been attacking freedom of speech and of the press. READ MORE

  4. China’s Measured Embrace of India

    Minghao Zhao

    China’s Measured Embrace of India


     assesses the constraints on efforts to improve the two Asian giants' bilateral relationship.

    Xi Jinping Narendra Modi India Today/ZumaPress

    Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to India strongly suggests that China is determined to inhibit the bilateral rivalry from intensifying. But, despite Xi’s investment pledges, it is far from certain that Asia’s two giants can bridge the differences that continue to burden the bilateral relationship. READ MORE

  5. Reuniting the United Kingdom

    Chris Patten

    Reuniting the United Kingdom


     argues that, despite Scotland's rejection of independence, the UK will never be the same.

    Scotland votes no to independence Euan Cherry/ZumaPress

    In the end, democracy came to the rescue, and the people of Scotland voted by a comfortable margin to remain part of the UK. Still, the country's identity has been fractured, perhaps beyond repair, and things will never be quite the same again. READ MORE

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