Article of the Day: The Double Sting – A Power Struggle Between Russia’s Rival Security Agencies

The Double Sting – A Power Struggle Between Russia’s Rival Security Agencies Russia is fascinating. It has an impressive military, an disproportionately large role in international affairs, and a President who solicits either intense love or vitriolic hate. Yet, despite all the advantages of the country, Russia is run – and for all intents and […]

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School lunches around the world

There was an interesting Buzzfeed post today about school lunches around the world.  It’s really worth looking at.  I think there are some very interesting observations to make about foreign policy.  Beyond the obvious cultural differences, there are some interesting hints about economic development.  Obviously these are limited examples, yet you can see that countries […]

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Matches, Mistrals, and Moscow: The Politics of Sanctions

British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party was criticized this weekend for accepting a 160,000GBP donation from a Russia Oligarch with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.  This adds to a week where European governments have had to weigh foreign policy decisions against domestic considerations. Following the tragic downing of MH17, Europe has resorted […]

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The (Natural Gas) Land Down Under

Australia has proven Natural Gas reserves of 43.04 trillion cubic feet, yet the intense competition from Russian giant Gazprom threatens to curb the growth in Australia’s natural gas sector. French energy Giant GDF-Suez and its Australian partner Santos have announced today the scuttling of a $10 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) project planned in northern Australia – […]

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