Saturday, August 2, 2014
  1. Russia’s Eurasian Vision

    Nouriel Roubini

    Russia’s Eurasian Vision

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     maps out the Kremlin's plan for a re-divided world.

    Vladimir Putin Mikhail Metzel/ZumaPress

    The escalating conflict in Ukraine between the Western-backed government and Russian-backed separatists has focused attention on the Kremlin’s long-term objectives. Though Russian President Vladimir Putin’s immediate goal may have been limited to retaining some influence in Ukrainian affairs, his longer-term ambition is much bolder. READ MORE

  2. Unholy War

    Naomi Wolf

    Unholy War

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     argues that what really is at stake in Gaza is Israel's soul.

    Destroyed Mosque Gaza City Majdi Fathi/ZumaPress

    Someday, the details of Israel's Operation Protective Edge in Gaza will be investigated and history will be written. But, before that happens, Israel has two moral paths open before it, one of which leads to a very dark place. READ MORE

  3. The End of the Arab State

    Christopher R. Hill

    The End of the Arab State

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     asks why sectarian and tribal allegiances have replaced civic conceptions of national identity.

    Abu Dhabi Sunset Asim Bharwani/Flickr

    In a region where crises seem to be the norm, the Middle East’s latest cycle of violence suggests something bigger: the beginning of the dissolution of the Arab nation-state, reflected in the fragmentation of Sunni Arabia. And, as state authority weakens, tribal and sectarian allegiances strengthen. READ MORE

  4. Reassurance and Resolve in East Asia

    James Steinberg

    Reassurance and Resolve in East Asia

    &  call for a US regional strategy that does not rely solely on offensive escalation.

    Chinese destroyer Zha Chunming/ZumaPress

    As territorial frictions involving China and many of its neighbors persist in the East and South China Seas, the US needs a clearer regional strategy. America must simultaneously uphold its interests and alliance commitments and avoid counterproductive confrontation, or even conflict. READ MORE

  5. The Global Security Deficit

    Michael Spence

    The Global Security Deficit

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     warns that political instability and conflict are now the main threat to the global economy.

    Airport Security hazelisles/Flickr

    Summer is normally a time to take a break from the risks and worries of everyday life, and perhaps to take stock of where we are and where we are heading. But this is increasingly difficult, because our everyday lives are becoming so much riskier and more worrying. READ MORE

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