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      FP’s Situation Report: Iraq gives the U.S. a surprise of its own; Clapper wants guns for Ukraine; Russia brings its anti-gay agenda to the U.N.; and much more from around the world.
      Mar03

      FP’s Situation Report: Iraq gives the U.S. a surprise of its own; Clapper wants guns for Ukraine; Russia brings its anti-gay agenda to the U.N.; and much more from around the world.

      By David Francis with Sabine Muscat Iraq repays DoD’s Mosul leaks with a surprise of its own. Iraqi officials were angry after the Pentagon released details on plans without Baghdad’s approval to retake Mosul. They returned the favor Monday with an unexpected offensive to retake Tikrit from the Islamic State. FP’s Kate Brannen...

      Russia Tries to Block Benefits for Families of Gay U.N. Employees
      Mar03

      Russia Tries to Block Benefits for Families of Gay U.N. Employees

      Last June, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon issued a far-reaching administrative ruling that offered marital benefits for the first time to all of its lesbian and gay employees, as well as to other U.N. workers that had entered legally-recognized domestic partnerships. On Monday, the Russian Federation gave the plan a resounding nyet. Speaking...

      Clapper: Give Ukraine ‘Lethal Defensive Weapons’
      Mar03

      Clapper: Give Ukraine ‘Lethal Defensive Weapons’

      The U.S. government’s senior intelligence official said that he believes the Obama administration should give Kiev “lethal defensive weapons” for its struggle against the Russian-backed separatists battling the country’s military in eastern Ukraine Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the Council on Foreign Relations...

      Clapper: Give Ukraine “Lethal Defensive Weapons”
      Mar02

      Clapper: Give Ukraine “Lethal Defensive Weapons”

      The U.S. government’s senior intelligence official said that he believes the Obama administration should give Kiev “lethal defensive weapons” for its struggle against the Russian-backed separatists battling the country’s military in eastern Ukraine Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the Council on Foreign Relations...

      Putin’s Next Prize in Eastern Ukraine
      Mar02

      Putin’s Next Prize in Eastern Ukraine

      During the four-month-long “ceasefire” that followed the Sept. 5, 2014, Minsk agreement between Ukraine’s government and the Russia-backed separatist rebels, the shells never stopped falling on four key targets: Two of them — the Donetsk airport and the city of Debaltseve — have now been captured. Indeed, Russia’s second major...

      The Future of Wombs for Rent
      Mar02

      The Future of Wombs for Rent

      When Thailand’s parliament passed a law banning most forms of surrogacy late last month, its main motivations were clear. Last year, two major scandals brought to a head longstanding concerns that Thailand wasn’t doing to enough to protect the women hired to bear children for other people and the children born through surrogacy. Last...

      FP’s Situation Report: The man in the middle of the U.S./Israel spat; Defiant Russians take to Moscow’s streets; U.S.-backed rebels in Syria split; and much more from around the world.
      Mar02

      FP’s Situation Report: The man in the middle of the U.S./Israel spat; Defiant Russians take to Moscow’s streets; U.S.-backed rebels in Syria split; and much more from around the world.

      By David Francis with Sabine Muscat Meet the man in the middle of the U.S./Israel spat. American-born Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer was in Israel last week helping Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu draft his controversial speech to Congress, a testament to the closeness of their relationship. But Dermer’s absence from D.C. allowed the...

      Remembering Boris Nemtsov and His Dream of a Free Russia
      Mar01

      Remembering Boris Nemtsov and His Dream of a Free Russia

      With every passing year, the Putin regime engages in thuggish acts that turn the once-unthinkable into dreadful new norms. To cite just a few examples, the past decade has seen the cut off of gas to Europe, the invasion of Georgia, the state-sanctioned killing of Sergei Magnitsky, the expulsion of USAID because of its support for civil society...

      Death on the Kremlin’s Doorstep
      Feb28

      Death on the Kremlin’s Doorstep

      It was always hard to ignore Boris Nemtsov. You couldn’t help but notice when he came into a room. The physicist-turned-politician was smart, pugnacious, brash. And so it was when I last saw him, in November 2010. Almost inevitably our conversation turned to the topic of the violence that permeates Russian political culture. We talked...

      Russian Opposition Leader Boris Nemtsov Shot Dead in Moscow
      Feb28

      Russian Opposition Leader Boris Nemtsov Shot Dead in Moscow

      Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, 55, a leading critic of President Vladimir Putin, was shot dead in central Moscow early Saturday, according to Russian media reports. He was reportedly shot four times in the chest, while walking home near the Kremlin, by several assailants who opened fire on Nemtsov and a woman with him. A former deputy...