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      Obama Can Thank Ted Cruz For Helping Him Fill Key Posts
      Dec16

      Obama Can Thank Ted Cruz For Helping Him Fill Key Posts

      Republicans are ripping Texas Senator Ted Cruz for inadvertently helping the Obama administration push through the controversial nominations of a number of key foreign policy nominees, including Tony Blinken for deputy secretary of state and Frank Rose for assistant secretary for verification and compliance, a key arms control post. Those...

      FP’s Situation Report, presented by Lockheed Martin: More than 100 dead in Taliban attack at Pakistan school; U.S. doubts Iraqi PM’s commitment to reconciliation; Obama says the Islamic State has lost momentum; and much more.
      Dec16

      FP’s Situation Report, presented by Lockheed Martin: More than 100 dead in Taliban attack at Pakistan school; U.S. doubts Iraqi PM’s commitment to reconciliation; Obama says the Islamic State has lost momentum; and much more.

      By David Francis and Sabine Muscat More than 100 die in Taliban attack at a school in Pakistan. In one of the bloodiest attacks in years, Taliban gunmen stormed a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar, killing as many as 100 students and teachers and wounding at least 80, according to initial reports. The attack occurred around 10 a.m. this...

      Can Israel Solve Europe’s Energy Woes?
      Dec16

      Can Israel Solve Europe’s Energy Woes?

      Israel has grand plans to ride to Europe’s rescue by offering a ready supply of natural gas to help the continent shake off its reliance on Russian energy. On paper, getting gas from the eastern Mediterranean holds plenty of appeal for the world’s most energy-import-dependent region, which was on the prowl for alternative suppliers...

      Asia’s Pivot to Asia
      Dec15

      Asia’s Pivot to Asia

      Much has been made of the intensifying strategic competition between the United States and China, with Beijing working to edge America out of its Asian neighborhood even as Washington doubles down on its regional partnerships and presence. Less attention has been paid to regional dynamics underneath the umbrella of a U.S.-China relationship that...

      White House on the Fence on New Ukraine Sanctions
      Dec15

      White House on the Fence on New Ukraine Sanctions

      President Barack Obama has yet to decide whether he will sign legislation passed by Congress last week that would allow him to provide weapons to Ukraine’s ramshackle military and increase the penalties on Russia’s energy sector, setting up a confrontation with the GOP-held Congress in the new year. The Ukraine Freedom Support Act of...

      Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, December 15, 2014
      Dec15

      Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, December 15, 2014

      To keep up with Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. William Armstrong examines the Turkish government’s new strategy of information warfare. Christian Caryl interviews a Ukrainian reformer who explains why the fight against corruption may be even more important than resisting Vladimir Putin. Anna Nemstova reports...

      FP’s Situation Report, presented by Lockheed Martin: Australia’s fears are realized with hostages crisis in Sydney; Fallout from the torture report continues; Congress raises the stakes with Russia; and much more.
      Dec15

      FP’s Situation Report, presented by Lockheed Martin: Australia’s fears are realized with hostages crisis in Sydney; Fallout from the torture report continues; Congress raises the stakes with Russia; and much more.

      Australian fears are realized as gunmen believed to be radical Islamists have taken hostages in Sydney. Australian officials have long warned that its citizens were fighting in the Middle East under the Islamic State banner, leading to concerns that the fight against the group could land on Australia’s shores. It now appears if their fears...

      Who Will Foot the Bill in Ukraine?
      Dec13

      Who Will Foot the Bill in Ukraine?

      When it comes to fighting the economic battle over Ukraine, the West has been much more willing to hit Russia in its pocketbook than play sugar daddy to Kiev. The International Monetary Fund, after hinting in September that Ukraine would come up short, officially sounded the alarm this week, acknowledging that Kiev’s coffers face a $15...

      New Russia Sanctions from Departing Congress
      Dec12

      New Russia Sanctions from Departing Congress

      On its way into the history books, the 113th Congress is ladling up a fresh batch of sanctions on Russia, especially targeting the energy sector and authorizing military aid, in a bid to force Moscow to end its aggressive and destabilizing incursions into the eastern Ukraine. The lame-duck Senate passed the Ukraine Freedom Support Act Thursday....

      A Blast from the Past in Grozny
      Dec12

      A Blast from the Past in Grozny

      On a recent afternoon, during a visit to Grozny, the capital city of Russia’s Chechen Republic, I walked with several local reporters down Putin Avenue, a street that was named after the Russian leader in the early years of this century, not long after the Kremlin’s armed forces succeeded in tamping down a long-simmering rebellion and...