July 22, 2014
Elected Ukraine’s fifth president in late May, Petro Poroshenko arrived in office amid a crisis that could destroy his country. Russia’s illegal annexation of the Crimea has triggered a separatist movement, aided by Russia, that could permanently divide Ukraine. The crisis is far from resolved, and Russia could attempt to take other parts of the country by force.
‘Chocolate King’ Guides Ukraine in Greatest Test Since Cold War
Petro Poroshenko gives a press conference in Kiev after results of the presidential election were announced on on May 25, 2014. Poroshenko won the election with 56 percent of the vote, vowing to bring peace to Ukraine after months of turmoil and a pro-Russian insurgency that thwarted voting across much of the separatist east. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images)
Problem for US Diplomats: China's Military in Action Mode
July 8, 2014
By Gordon Chang

The Obama Administration's focus on "engagement" has failed to deter an increasingly belligerent China, as Beijing's top party leaders pay more attention to their increasingly powerful, but divided military.

EU Tax Probes Likely to Inspire Global Tax Reform Movement
July 8, 2014
The European Commission’s investigation of three European Union nations for providing unfair state support to multinational corporations like Google and Starbucks is a warning shot to EU countries with favorable tax agreements. The investigations are also likely to spur momentum for global tax reform, as the United States and the EU increasingly cooperate on tackling tax avoidance.
Why China’s Economy May Never Outgrow America’s
July 7, 2014
Special Economic Analysis
by Peter Warburton, PhD


The mainstream print media in Europe recently reported that China will become the world’s largest economy this year, overtaking the United States for the first time. As China’s reported growth rate has been running at 7 percent or more a year, the natural reaction of many was to find the predictions plausible.
Returning Jihadists Planning a Major Attack on Britain
July 7, 2014
Heard in London
by Jeremy Bradshaw


British security services are on red alert following revelations that returning jihadists from Syria and Iraq plan a major attack in Britain. Around 500 individuals from Britain have traveled to Syria to join al-Qaeda-linked groups in Syria. Tracking these jihadists as they return to the UK has become a top priority for MI5.
Confusion Reigns Over ISIS Leader Video, Iraqi PM Election
July 7, 2014
SITUATION REPORT

The fate of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is currently unknown after a video of a man claiming to be Baghdadi surfaced over the weekend amid other claims that Baghdadi was gravely injured during a battle with Iraq security forces and has fled to Syria.
Armed and Trained, But Which Arab Armies Can Actually Fight?
July 3, 2014
By Brian M Downing

In June of 2014, well equipped Iraqi troops, trained by the US and other powers, broke and ran before a smaller and less well equipped force led by men who had little military experience until they plunged into wars in Iraq and Syria.

Shadows of doubt have been cast on the reliability of other armies in the region, Saudi Arabia’s foremost among them. Training missions can get troops to shoot well and march crisply, especially in front of politicians and media, but they cannot ensure cohesion or prevent disintegration. Effective armies are based on social systems, not simply on training programs.

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