Friday, August 29, 2014
  1. The Silence of the BRICS

    Jaswant Singh
  2. Endgame for Putin in Ukraine?

    Robert Skidelsky

    Endgame for Putin in Ukraine?

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     asks if the endgame in Ukraine will also mean the end for Vladimir Putin?

    Newsart for Endgame for Putin in Ukraine? kremlin.ru

    Vladimir Putin may (or may not) enjoy 80% public support in Russia for his Ukraine policy; but it has become increasingly clear that he has bitten off more than he can chew. The question is: At what point will his position as President become untenable? READ MORE

  3. The Containment Debate, Round Two

    Dominique Moisi

    The Containment Debate, Round Two

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     wants Western leaders to rethink their strategy toward the Islamic State and a revisionist Russia.

    Obama Clinton debate Brian Baer/ZumaPress

    At the Cold War’s outset, there was an intense debate in the US between those who wanted to contain communism and those who wanted to roll it back. The recent spat between President Barack Obama and his former secretary of state (and possible successor), Hillary Clinton, seems to have revived that debate. READ MORE

  4. The Overstretched West

    Joschka Fischer

    The Overstretched West

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     wonders how global security can be secured, given the decline of Pax Americana.

    Kurdish soldier Vianney Le Caer/ZumaPress

    Today’s accumulating crises, accompanied by America’s strategic fatigue, are forcing Europe to define what role it will play in the future of Western – and global – stability. But Europe cannot assume greater responsibility for global order without unifying politically, and too many European leaders cannot – or will not – understand this. READ MORE

  5. The Middle East Crack-Up

    Shlomo Avineri

    The Middle East Crack-Up

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     cautions that the region's current turmoil may not give rise to European-style nation-states.

    Desert Cracking Edward Musiak/Flickr

    The horror stories emerging from northern Iraq, as well as the continuing slaughter in Syria point to a tectonic shift in the Middle East. Almost 100 years after World War I, the regional state system that was established following the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire is unraveling. READ MORE

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