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)
Tense Japan-S. Korea Ties Undermine Allied China Response
July 3, 2014
Deep-rooted tensions between South Korea and Japan appear to be complicating efforts by the United States to form a united front against China’s mounting regional belligerence and North Korea’s nuclear program.
New Risks But no Exit from West’s Economic Slump
July 3, 2014
The West appears headed for Japanese-styled stagnation because politicians and central bankers have failed to apply the right policies to recover from the economic malaise caused by the global banking collapse in 2008.


Why Did the West Not See ISIS Threat Earlier?
July 2, 2014
Heard in London
by Jeremy Bradshaw


The suddenness and speed of the surge by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) took all by surprise. Yet this al-Qaeda splinter group now threatens to run from Iraq and Syria in to Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Why was this threat not recognized sooner? Were Western intelligence authorities asleep on the job?
Exclusive: British Intelligence Sees Putin Still Eyeing Ukraine
July 2, 2014
British intelligence experts are convinced that Russian President Vladimir Putin still has contingency plans for the additional annexation or conquest of Ukrainian territory, possibly while the West’s attention is focused on the jihadist crisis in Iraq.
Iraqi Parliament Fiddles While Country Burns
July 2, 2014
SITUATION REPORT

Recent events in Iraq are culminating in major setbacks that will make it more difficult to restore stability to the rapidly disintegrating country. Sunnis and Kurds yesterday staged a walkout on the first session of Iraq’s new parliament while working to reinforce local autonomy. Meanwhile, the advancing forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) declared a new “caliphate” across wide, connected stretches of both Syria and Iraq.

Hezbollah Militants Entering US From Mexico
July 1, 2014
The porous Mexican border that has allowed millions of illegal immigrants into the United States is increasingly used by the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah to slip into America and set up fundraising networks to support terrorist activity at home. The growing presence of Hezbollah in the United States is also in effect creating a web of sleeper cells that could be used in the future to launch attacks on Americans.
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