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Russia, U.S. Need To Cooperate In The Arctic

by Commander David Slayton, Lawson W. Brigham
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Russia is in the news again. NATO ministers continue to discuss how to upgrade their response capabilities to contain Russia, an increasingly unpredictable neighbor. Pentagon officials advise Congress that Russia is a top military threat. Meanwhile, President Putin ramps up his military modernization. Could this finally be the end of strong Russia-U.S. cooperation in the one region where our interests have aligned since the end of the Cold War: the Arctic?

Michael McFaul, the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution
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What's It Like To Be Hated By The Russian Internet?

featuring Michael McFaulvia The Guardian
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Online abuse has got much worse since the annexation of Crimea: the Russian-language debates on Twitter are much more personal. Sometimes it’s just a few very unpleasant tweets. Sometimes it’s hundreds of Twitter messages saying the same thing, as if they are coordinated. Occasionally people send threatening tweets to me about my physical security, they even threaten my children. I’ve moved back to the US to teach at Stanford University and it’s only got worse.

Global Austerity
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Deficits vs. Austerity: New Facts, Same Old Keynesianism

by Niall Fergusonvia The Globe and Mail
Saturday, May 23, 2015

“If the facts change,” John Maynard Keynes is supposed to have said, “I change my opinion. What do you do, sir?” It is a question his latter-day disciples should be asking themselves today. Long before this month’s general election, which the Conservatives won by a margin that stunned their critics, the facts about Britain’s economic performance had indeed changed. Yet there is still no sign of the Keynesians changing their opinions.

Featured Commentary

Reflections On The Marshall Plan

by Henry A. Kissingervia Harvard Gazette
Friday, May 22, 2015

Henry Kissinger recalls when George C. Marshall, speaking at Harvard’s Commencement in 1947, extended America’s hand to a battered Europe, helping to create a stable postwar order.

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The Top 10 Experts On Economics & Investing In Russia

mentioning Paul R. Gregoryvia All Emerging Markets
Thursday, May 21, 2015

Russia has several obstacles to economic growth, including geopolitical tension, Western sanctions, and the decline in energy prices. Read these 10 experts for insight into this complex emerging market.

Michael McFaul, the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution
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Prominent Economist To Leave Russia, Cites Politics

quoting Michael McFaulvia The Moscow Times
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Growing nationalist rhetoric amid Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula last year and a diplomatic standoff with the West have raised fears of pressure on prominent academics and experts critical of official policy. Sonin will take up a position as a professor at the prestigious University of Chicago from September where he will work alongside internationally renowned economists, he wrote on his blog. "Russia's loss, Chicago's gain," former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul tweeted Wednesday.

Athens, Greece
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Speakers Gather At Emergency Economic Summit In Athens As Greece Reaches Moment Of Truth

quoting Thomas J. Sargentvia Vice News
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Greek exit from the Eurozone would have catastrophic consequences, according to speakers gathered at an emergency economics summit in Athens on Tuesday. While divided in their views about what should be done to solve the crisis — which has now really reached make or break time — the invitees were united in their certainty that a "Grexit" must not be allowed to take place.

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The Economic Consequences Of Mr. Osborne

by Niall Fergusonvia Project Syndicate
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

“If the facts change,” John Maynard Keynes is supposed to have said, “I change my opinion. What do you do, sir?” It is a question his latter-day disciples should be asking themselves now. Long before the United Kingdom’s recent general election, which the Conservatives won by a margin that stunned their critics, the facts about the country’s economic performance had indeed changed. Yet there is no sign of today’s Keynesians changing their minds.

british britain england
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Why Is Britain Missing In Action?

quoting Timothy Garton Ashvia Gatestone Institute
Monday, May 18, 2015

"Britain has taken leave from the world stage in an extraordinary and depressing way," says Timothy Garton Ash, professor of European Studies at Oxford University. "It's marginalized itself in Europe, and it's absented itself from most of the great issues on the world stage."

Trotsky in Exile
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Book Review: 'The Man Who Loved Dogs' by Leonardo Padura | 'The Obedient Assassin' by John P. Davidson

by Bertrand M. Patenaudevia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, February 7, 2014

Leon Trotsky's brutal assassination by a Stalinist agent in Mexico in August 1940 might seem an unlikely wellspring for fiction, but it has inspired more than one novelist in recent years. Barbara Kingsolver's "The Lacuna," published in 2009, centered on an aspiring writer, a Mexican-American, who is shown joining Trotsky's Mexican household as it braces for the Kremlin's assault. In the same year, in Spanish, Leonardo Padura's "The Man Who Loved Dogs" was published, making its central figure the real-life assassin himself, Ramón Mercader. That novel is just now appearing in an English translation, alongside, coincidentally, John Davidson's Trotsky-themed "The Obedient Assassin."

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