April 18, 2014
SPECIAL REPORT
by James Robbins


The four-power deal regarding Ukraine concluded Thursday in Geneva gave hope to some for a de-escalation of the crisis and resolution of the outstanding issues. However, the deal did nothing to change the facts on the ground or to alter Moscow’s strategy to force Ukraine either to acquiesce to losing its eastern regions or face Russian military intervention masked as humanitarian assistance.
Putin Moving Toward Checkmate in Eastern Ukraine
Pro-Russian separatists guard a seized government building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 18, 2014. The rebels maintained control of government buildings they have seized a day after Kiev struck a deal with Russia and the West aimed at easing the crisis in Ukraine. (Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images)
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.
Indian Leadership Change May Bring Bolder Foreign Policy
April 15, 2014
As hundreds of millions of Indians take part in a massive, month-long voting process that began April 7, nationalist candidate Narendra Modi is offering the prospect of a redrawn Indian constitution, economic reforms and a more engaged foreign policy. U.S. interests could be affected heavily if he wins election.
Pressure Builds as Iran Nuclear Talks Enter Critical Stage
April 15, 2014
Three months of nuclear negotiations with Iran have yielded no breakthroughs, and considerable work remains if there is to be a permanent agreement that goes beyond the scope of last November’s interim accord. The final treaty is to be drafted beginning next month, with each side jockeying for advantage over the future course of Iran’s nuclear program.
‘Heartbleed’ Bug Triggers Global Cybersecurity Panic
April 14, 2014
CYBER WAR

A software bug undetected for two years has exposed millions of credit card numbers and other sensitive personal and financial data, causing a global cybersecurity panic of systemic proportions. Just discovered last week, the glitch affects two-thirds of the Internet, including technology deployed by industry giants Intel (NASDAQ: INTC), Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT).
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