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Featured Analysis

Russia’s Return to the Middle East

by Jakub Grygielvia The Caravan
Thursday, December 12, 2019

The reinsertion of Russia into the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East is one of the big stories of the past decade. Although Russia’s recueillement after 1991 resulted in its effective disappearance from the Middle East, her presence in the region is of course not a new reality in history. Tsars and Soviet leaders pushed their military might and political influence into the region for the last three centuries, clashing with various great powers, from the Ottoman sultanate to the British empire and the United States. But the speed at which the current Russian advance has occurred is surprising and troubling. Moscow has inserted an enormous level of instability and unpredictability to the already murky local power dynamics.

Featured Analysis

The Middle East in an Era of Great Power Competition

by A. Wess Mitchellvia The Caravan
Thursday, December 12, 2019

In 1920, a young Winston Churchill wrote a memorandum to the Cabinet outlining his concerns about British policy in the Middle East. Britain was, he wrote, “simultaneously out of sympathy with all the four powers exercising local influence.” The Arabs, erstwhile allies in the war, were already unhappy with the emerging postwar settlement. The defeated Turks, Britain’s traditional regional ally, were resentful and looking for new partners. The Russians, under new Bolshevik leadership, were skillfully courting Turkey and Persia. And the Greeks wanted greater British backing against Turkey.

In the News

Obamacare’s Role In Expanding Health Coverage Stumps Democrats

quoting Scott W. Atlasvia Bloomberg Law
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Universal health coverage remains a Democratic priority, but the party is still debating how it achieves that and what role Obamacare should play in the transition.

In the News

General James Mattis Joins The Washington Post Live’s Securing Tomorrow For A Conversation With David Ignatius

mentioning General Jim Mattisvia The Washington Post
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

On Friday, December 13 The Washington Post Live will welcome General James Mattis (Ret.) for Securing Tomorrow with Washington Post columnist David Ignatius closely following the recent Washington Post report detailing never-before-seen confidential documents about the war in Afghanistan.

In the News

Agree With Raghuram Rajan, Economy Suffering Because All Powers Centralised In PMO: Shiv Sena

quoting Raghuram Rajanvia India Today
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

In his essay for the India Today Magazine, Raghuram Rajan had said India is currently in the midst of a "growth recession" with signs of extreme centralisation of power in the PMO.

In the News

This Land Is Whose Land?

quoting Thomas Sowellvia American Thinker
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Of all the naïve nonsense that emits from the mouths of young people today, perhaps the most annoying is the constant and ignorant presumption that, somehow, the land within America’s borders doesn’t truly belong to the people who reside here, because the majority are the descendants of people who have migrated from European countries in centuries past. Ostensibly, this land was “stolen” by European settlers hundreds of years ago from the people who happened to live here before.

In the News

Pelosi’s Narrow Impeachment Strategy Could Help California Dems In Swing Seats

quoting Terry M. Moevia San Francisco Chronicle
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

House Democrats’ less-is-more approach to impeaching President Trump could be an election-year boon for lawmakers in purple districts who helped the party grab control of the chamber last year.

In the News

Repo Firepower Reduced By Falling Cash Levels At Big U.S. Banks

quoting Darrell Duffievia Yahoo Finance
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Even as hedge funds and smaller broker-dealers lean more heavily on the biggest U.S. banks for borrowing in repo markets, the lenders’ cash holdings have been declining, reducing their ability to jump in and relieve pressure when rates spike.

Analysis and CommentaryNational Security

Warship Visits To Taiwan Will Show China That The U.S. Holds The Winning Hand

by CAPT Chris Sharmanvia The Washington Times
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Navy cruiser or destroyer symbolizes America's ideals and hard power.

FeaturedPolitics

For Those Who Want A President By Popular Vote, An (Electoral) College Of Hard Knocks

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Much like the kid picked last in gym class, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren now finds herself a late addition Joe Biden’s list of running mates.

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