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    Russia’s Shadowboxing with NATO
    Jan04

    Russia’s Shadowboxing with NATO

    Russia has a new National Security Strategy, signed by President Putin on the last day of 2015, an uncanny New Year’s message that Russia’s relations with the West have entered an even more volatile phase. The new Russian NSS accuses the United States and its NATO allies of “seeking to preserve their global domination in world...

    China just landed its first plane on an airstrip in the disputed South China Sea
    Jan04

    China just landed its first plane on an airstrip in the disputed South China Sea

    Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/CSISVietnam formally accused China of violating its sovereignty and a recent confidence-building pact on Saturday by landing a plane on an airstrip Beijing has built on an artificial island in a contested part of the South China Sea. Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh said the airfield, had been...

    Head of Putin’s military intelligence unexpectedly dies
    Jan04

    Head of Putin’s military intelligence unexpectedly dies

    Kremlinn Monday, news broke about the death of 58-year-old Colonel General Igor Sergun on January 3rd, head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff, better known as the GRU. No cause of death has yet been announced, but there has been no suggestion of anything shady or strange about his demise, even at this relatively young age...

    In Putin’s Russia, Art Looks at You
    Jan04

    In Putin’s Russia, Art Looks at You

    The only thing more disconcerting than coming face-to-face with a nine-foot-tall fighter-jet helmet is the moment when it comes alive. Suddenly, the goggles revealed a pair of eyes. They looked up, down, side to side, sweeping the room in panic. I was no longer looking at art—art was looking at me.It was Russian art, to be exact. This wild-eyed...

    Amid Russia Tensions, Ukraine To Call For UN Peacekeeping Mission In Conflict-Torn East
    Jan04

    Amid Russia Tensions, Ukraine To Call For UN Peacekeeping Mission In Conflict-Torn East

    Ukraine assumed its duties Friday as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and was already preparing Monday to call for a peacekeeping mission to be sent to the Donbass region, where a war between government forces and Russia-backed rebels continues. The move is likely to trigger objections from the Kremlin, which...

    Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, January 4, 2016
    Jan04

    Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, January 4, 2016

    To keep up with Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Rick Rowden explains why the optimists’ case for economic growth in Africa has failed to pan out – and what needs to be done to turn things around. Erica Marat warns that Ukraine’s much-praised police reforms could lead to trouble … …read more...

    Ukraine’s Poroshenko Prompts Meme Craze In Russia After Twitter Gaffe
    Jan04

    Ukraine’s Poroshenko Prompts Meme Craze In Russia After Twitter Gaffe

    In one day Ukraine’s Petro Poroshenko has transformed himself from his country’s President to the cover star of almost every major magazine, on Twitter at least. The Ukrainian leader, whose country is currently caught in an uneasy ceasefire with Russian-backed separatists in its eastern Luhansk and Donetsk regions, tweeted what he...

    Kremlin: Russian Military Intelligence Chief Dies Unexpectedly
    Jan04

    Kremlin: Russian Military Intelligence Chief Dies Unexpectedly

    The Kremlin says the head of Russia’s military intelligence agency, which is known as the GRU, has died unexpectedly. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    These Are the Top 10 Risks to the World in 2016
    Jan04

    These Are the Top 10 Risks to the World in 2016

    At the beginning of each year Eurasia Group, the political risk consultancy I founded and oversee, publishes a list of the top 10 political risk stories for the 12 months ahead. These are the risks and trends we believe are most likely to move markets in 2016. We’ve opened the year with a serious spat between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and a...

    Poroshenko’s Photoshop Fun Unleashes Torrent Of Russian Memes
    Jan04

    Poroshenko’s Photoshop Fun Unleashes Torrent Of Russian Memes

    The Ukrainian president’s “joke” magazine cover takes aim at Putin, elicits Russian mockery. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...