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Russia's Ruble
Russia's Ruble banknote


Ruble Trouble: The Politics Of Russia’s Financial Crisis – Analysis

By Chris Miller* The Russian ruble’s wild ride—starting the week at 58 to the dollar, spiking to nearly 80 on Tuesday, and settling back near 60 by Thursday—has left many questioning Russia’s political and economic stability. Since the ruble’s sharp fall on ‘Black Tuesday,’ a series of measures, from a 6.5 percentage point hike in […]

Moscow International Business Center. Photo by Dmitry97ken, Wikipedia Commons.
Moscow International Business Center. Photo by Dmitry97ken, Wikipedia Commons.


Russia’s Frozen Economy – Analysis

By Chris Miller December temperatures in Russia’s Siberian cities often reach 40 below zero, but the freeze that threatens Russia today has nothing to do with the winter cold. Russia’s economy is frozen. Western sanctions designed to punish Russia for invading Ukraine have deterred investment, while plummeting oil prices have substantially reduced Russia’s main source […]

Location of Ayn al-Arab, also known as Kobani, in northern Syria near border with Turkey.
Location of Ayn al-Arab, also known as Kobani, in northern Syria near border with Turkey.


As ISIS Takes A Pounding, Nusra Takes Ground In Syria’s Security Vacuum – OpEd

By Clint Watts The U.S. led coalition appears to be slowly rolling back ISIS in Iraq and Syria.  Fighting in Kobane to the north and the slow push of the Iraqi Army west has been mirrored by al Qaeda’s arm in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra, taking ground in Syria, namely Idlib, reiterating the futility of a […]

China claims to South China Sea
China claims to South China Sea


Lines In The Water: US And China’s Claims In South China Sea – Analysis

By Felix K. Chang Last Friday, the U.S. Department of State released a 26-page technical report on China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea.  It detailed the confusion that surrounds those claims. Starting with the unexplained differences between China’s claim lines on its 1947 and 2009 maps of the region, the report went on […]

Iran-Islamic State-US flags
Iran-Islamic State-US flags


The Islamic State, Iran And The US Strategy Deficit – Analysis

By Mackubin Thomas Owens The emergence of the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq has threatened to destabilize the Levant and Iraq, in many respects obscuring the challenges still posed by Iran. The Obama Administration originally dismissed the IS as a “JV” offshoot of al Qaeda, but its seizure of large swaths of […]

Palestine
Palestine


The Partition Of Palestine – Analysis

By Bernard Wasserstein One Palestine, Complete was the title of a book about the early history of the British mandate in Palestine by the Israeli historian, Tom Segev. It arises from a true anecdote about the first High Commissioner (governor) under the mandate, Sir Herbert Samuel. On 30 June 1920 he arrived at Government House […]