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    The Foreign Policy Story of the Year
    Dec31

    The Foreign Policy Story of the Year

    The top foreign-policy story of 2014 sneaks up on you. It generated precious few headlines. It is even a bit counterintuitive. But if you measure the importance of foreign-policy stories in any given year in terms of their likely impact on international relations in the years ahead, this one stands out from the other candidates. It is not a...

    Energy Deals Keep Lights On for Ukraine’s New Year Festivities
    Dec31

    Energy Deals Keep Lights On for Ukraine’s New Year Festivities

    Ukraine will have stable enough imports of coal and electricity to welcome the New Year with well-lit festive trees in homes and illuminations on the streets, national energy authorities said Wednesday. “All Ukrainians will be able to greet the New Year with light. There will be no outages in the near future,” Volodymyr Demchyshyn...

    Obama Reaching Out To Russia Behind The Scenes, Kissinger Used To Woo Putin
    Dec31

    Obama Reaching Out To Russia Behind The Scenes, Kissinger Used To Woo Putin

    The Obama administration has worked under the radar to heal relations with Vladimir Putin’s government in Russia for months, according to a Bloomberg report. Those plans included sending Secretary of State John Kerry to meet with Putin and to have former Secretary of State and Cold War point-man Henry Kissinger call Putin to discuss an end...

    The Wonkiest Yard
    Dec31

    The Wonkiest Yard

    Since the 2014 midterm-election rebuke, President Barack Obama has been talking about the coming two years – his last two years in office – as the “fourth quarter” of the football game. Here at Shadow Government, we think this is an illuminating metaphor for thinking about the foreign policy challenges and opportunities confronting Team Obama....

    Putin hails Crimea annexation as ‘most important milestone’
    Dec31

    Putin hails Crimea annexation as ‘most important milestone’

    Russian President Vladimir Putin used his New Year’s address to hail the March annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region as “the most important milestone in the country’s history.” …read more Source: Los Angeles...

    Watch North Korea’s Supreme Leader Fly A Plane
    Dec31

    Watch North Korea’s Supreme Leader Fly A Plane

    North Korea’s supreme leader, Kim Jong-un, is depicted in propoganda as a man of extraordinary abilities. A couple of years ago, the hermit nation announced that its supreme leader mastered the art of driving at the young age of three. And by the time Kim reached his eighth birthday, the future despot could pilot automobiles at speeds of up...

    What U.S. Intelligence Predicted the World Would Look Like in 2015
    Dec31

    What U.S. Intelligence Predicted the World Would Look Like in 2015

    Nine months before the September 11 attacks—and just days after the Supreme Court halted the Florida recount, handing the presidency to George W. Bush—U.S. intelligence officials published an 85-page prediction for what the world would look like in 2015. It’s a world that seems familiar in some ways, and utterly foreign in others. And...

    The Best Worst Quotes of 2014
    Dec31

    The Best Worst Quotes of 2014

    What a year it’s been. In 2014, we discovered new purported threats (Ebola/Islamic State), militarily intervened in yet another country (Syria), and got reacquainted with old interventions (extending combat operations in Afghanistan and redeploying troops to Iraq). In thousands of press conferences, congressional hearings, speeches, and...

    The Ruble Is Plunging
    Dec31

    The Ruble Is Plunging

    The ruble is collapsing again. The currency dropped another 5% on Wednesday. Over the course of the day, it got as weak as 62.03 rubles to $1, but right now it’s around 60.2 rubles to $1. The ruble closed on at 56.71 on Tuesday. The currency’s plunge coincides with Brent oil falling to a 5.5-year low on Wednesday — down as low as...

    Putin Praises Crimea’s ‘Return Home’ in New Year Address
    Dec31

    Putin Praises Crimea’s ‘Return Home’ in New Year Address

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a televised New Year’s address on Wednesday that the “return home” of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula to Moscow’s control would forever remain an important chapter in Russia’s history. Putin is facing the biggest challenge of his 15-year rule as the Russian economy is sliding...