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Section: Foreign Policy (USA)

      What Would Ash Carter Do?
      Jan30

      What Would Ash Carter Do?

      As you might imagine, those of us who work at Harvard’s Kennedy School are pleased that our former colleague Ash Carter has been nominated to be the next secretary of defense. Ash and I don’t agree on certain aspects of U.S. foreign and defense policy (for example, he’s favored a more hard-line approach to Iran’s nuclear...

      Time to Put Up or Shut Up?
      Jan30

      Time to Put Up or Shut Up?

      Talk is not cheap for the new Greek government. But it’s unclear when new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will dispense with market-rattling rhetoric and get down to negotiating the promises he made during his campaign. While Tsipras has been shaking his fist at the painful austerity measures imposed by the European Union, depositors have...

      Russia May Need to Say ‘Do Svidaniya’ To Belarus
      Jan30

      Russia May Need to Say ‘Do Svidaniya’ To Belarus

      Over the course of his two decades in power, Aleksandr Lukashenko, Belarus’s autocratic president, has perfected the art of weaving between Russia and the West. But with the fighting in eastern Ukraine approaching his country’s doorstep and Russia’s struggling economy weighing down his own, Lukashenko has begun an unprecedented...

      FP’s Situation Report: The Pentagon has a Bergdahl problem; Congress’s make-or-break surveillance moment; American contractors killed in Kabul; and much more from around the word.
      Jan30

      FP’s Situation Report: The Pentagon has a Bergdahl problem; Congress’s make-or-break surveillance moment; American contractors killed in Kabul; and much more from around the word.

      By David Francis with Sabine Muscat The Pentagon has a Bowe Bergdahl problem. The Army is deciding whether to charge the former prisoner of war with desertion. Whatever the outcome, critics will slam the White House and revive the controversy over whether President Barack Obama should have traded five detainees for a soldier many believe...

      FP’s Situation Report: Jordan calls the Islamic State’s bluff; Hezbollah retaliates against Israel; Democrats jump ship on Iran sanctions; and much more from around the world.
      Jan29

      FP’s Situation Report: Jordan calls the Islamic State’s bluff; Hezbollah retaliates against Israel; Democrats jump ship on Iran sanctions; and much more from around the world.

      By David Francis with Sabine Muscat Jordan knows when to hold ‘em. Jordanian officials agreed to the release of Sajida al-Rishawi, imprisoned for plotting attacks in 2005, in exchange for the release of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh and Japanese journalist Kenji Goto. Early Thursday, their fates are still unknown. FP’s Elias Groll...

      Ukrainian Brides May Solve China’s Gender Gap, Chinese Media Claims
      Jan28

      Ukrainian Brides May Solve China’s Gender Gap, Chinese Media Claims

      “Their economy is depressed but beautiful women are running rampant,” the state-run Beijing News reported Jan. 22 in a story suggesting that Ukrainian women could be the solution to China’s woman shortage. The piece, illustrated with charts, bubbles, and cartoon illustrations of lonely Chinese men, was a breezy attempt to make light of...

      FP’s Situation Report: The Kurds set sight on Mosul; Former DoD brass take aim at Obama on Capitol Hill; Russia has a friend in Greece; and much more from around the world.
      Jan28

      FP’s Situation Report: The Kurds set sight on Mosul; Former DoD brass take aim at Obama on Capitol Hill; Russia has a friend in Greece; and much more from around the world.

      By David Francis with Sabine Muscat The Kurds set their sights on Mosul after taking back Kobani. The Islamic State appeared unstoppable when it swept Mosul with ease last June. Now, a senior Iraqi Kurdish official says government forces are readying to oust the extremists. But the Kurds are going to need help. FP’s Elias Groll: “Mosul is...

      Political Risk Analysts See Ukraine as a Risky Bet Over the Next 10 Years
      Jan28

      Political Risk Analysts See Ukraine as a Risky Bet Over the Next 10 Years

      Subject to Western sanctions and accused of stirring instability, Russia is, unsurprisingly, a bad bet for global investors. A new analysis out Wednesday concludes that a $100 investment in Russia over 10 years would lose $30 to political turmoil. But Russia’s chief victim in nearly a year of strife, Ukraine, is an even riskier place to...

      Lindsey Graham: Wrong on Everything
      Jan28

      Lindsey Graham: Wrong on Everything

      A week ago Sunday, Lindsey Graham found himself in a familiar place: on NBC’s “Meet The Press” trying to scare the hell out of Americans. Graham, a senator from South Carolina since 2003, is one of the Republican Party’s leading spokespeople on national security and international relations issues. This particular appearance, however,...

      Klaatu, Where Are You?
      Jan28

      Klaatu, Where Are You?

      Moscow is ending cooperation with the United States to secure nuclear material in Russia. But what about the aliens? No, not the illegal aliens. The space aliens. You know, extraterrestrials? E.T.? ALF? Bear with me here for minute. We’re Americans. We like to discuss really awkward or heavy topics using science fiction. And nuclear weapons...