April 17, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula caught Western leaders by surprise, but it shouldn’t have. The Russian strongman clearly professes a nationalist, authoritarian, expansionist ideology that defines Russia in opposition to the West.
Putin’s Expansionist Ideology Seeks to Fill Post-Soviet Void
Russian President Vladimir Putin looks on during a press conference on Ukraine at his country home, Novo-Ogaryova, outside Moscow on March 4, 2014. (Alexey Nikolsky/AFP/Getty Images)
European Union Struggles to Cope With Immigration Crisis
April 17, 2014
A growing flood of desperate migrants seeking asylum in the European Union is straining the bloc’s ability to curb human smuggling and protect its borders. As the EU’s 28 member countries are prohibited from using force to stop the refugees, the unending tide of immigrants from the Middle East, Russia, and sub-Saharan Africa is forcing the EU to work with the African Union to develop solutions to stem the humanitarian crisis.
Japan: Abenomics at Risk as Scared Investors Pile into Yen
April 17, 2014
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s controversial strategy of increasing exports by undermining his own currency is being undone by nervous foreign investors flooding into the yen for safety. A weaker yen makes Japanese exports cheaper, but the forex tide has reversed on Abe as China’s economy falters and events in Ukraine have led capital to exit Russia as well.
Nigerian Security Suffers as Boko Haram Grows More Brazen
April 16, 2014
Nearly a year after Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan established a state of emergency in three northern states to overcome the radical Islamist group Boko Haram, the insurgents appear undaunted by the government’s crackdown. With the death toll mounting, Boko Haram continues to destabilize Africa’s largest oil producer, biggest economy, and most populous country.
Growing Forex Scandal Taints Global Banks Again
April 16, 2014
A new, growing investigation of global banks over exchange rates has echoes of the 2012 Libor rate-setting scandal, with one big difference — Swiss banking giant UBS, which escaped the previous scrape by playing whistleblower, now seems to be caught in the dragnet, and central banks in Britain and Singapore are involved.
Inside the Marine Corps Plan to Stop the Next Benghazi
April 16, 2014
A new strategy being developed by the U.S. Marines would focus on expeditionary warfare that is “fast, austere and lethal,” partly in response to budget cuts and partly to prevent a future Benghazi-like embassy disaster. Called Expeditionary Force 21, the Marine Corps playbook will maintain the branch’s fighting prowess while adding surprising changes to improve crisis response.
Poland and Ukraine: Once Close Neighbors Now Worlds Apart
April 15, 2014
Special Economic Analysis
by Peter Warburton, PhD

Just 25 years ago Ukraine and Poland were alike. Both were populous nations, one a former Soviet state and the other a Soviet client state. Both were suffering legacies of uncompetitive, inefficient heavy industry and poor physical infrastructure. Now, the comparison could not be starker.
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