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Needs Work: A Troubled U.S.-Russia Relationship | 10/16/14 David C. Speedie "The febrile hyperbole of criticism directed at Russia as a result of the crisis in Ukraine is misdirected and harmful to both Russia and the United States," argues David Speedie.

The Middle East in Crisis: a View from Israel | 10/16/14 Charles D. Freilich, David C. Speedie Chuck Freilich, former Israeli deputy national security adviser, speaks from Tel Aviv on turbulence across the greater Middle East, including the ISIL threat, Iran and the P5+1 negotiations, and prospects for the peace process.

Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy | 10/15/14 Francis Fukuyama What are the requirements for a liberal democracy? It's not just voting, says Fukuyama. It needs a distinction between public and private interest; rule of law; and accountability. Although the U.S. started off as a weak, corrupt state, it became a liberal democracy. Yet all political systems are subject to decay, and that's what's happening to the U.S. today.

The Ottoman Road to War: Mustafa Aksakal on the Ottomans' Fateful Decision | 10/15/14 Mustafa Aksakal, Zach Dorfman Why did the Ottoman Empire side with Germany in World War I? It was a rational decision, given the circumstances at the time, argues Akasal. But it brought down the empire and violently reshaped the region's borders at horrifying human cost. Indeed, WWI informs national identities even today.

Elite Perceptions of the United States in Europe and Asia | 10/13/14 Xenia Wickett, David C. Speedie An interesting new report finds that political and business leaders in Asia value U.S. hard power while Europeans focus on American values. Both, however, view U.S. business and entrepreneurial spirit more positively than the government. What do these attitudes mean for policymakers and civil society?

Security Threats in Africa: A Critical Perspective | 10/10/14 Claire Metelits The U.S. is still seeing Africa from a Cold War perspective rooted in political realist thought, writes Africa security expert Metelits. But characterizing non-Western institutions as having a lack of governance and generalizing about political violence can lead to grave errors in assessing the threat environment.

Data Threats: Hackers, Government Agencies, and Defending Data Online | 10/08/14 Lorrie Faith Cranor, Jeremy Gillula, George Kurtz, Bruce Schneier, Julia Taylor Kennedy Cybersecurity risks increases daily as more and more of our private information is stored online--and the biggest threat isn't necessarily hackers. This second episode in our series on big data looks at unauthorized uses of data, how cybercrimes are committed, why many experts think the NSA is a bigger threat, and how we can protect ourselves.

Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention | 10/06/14 Séverine Autesserre Why do international peace interventions often fail to reach their full potential? Based on 15 years of research in conflict zones around the world, Autesserre shows that everyday behavior, such as the expatriates' social habits and actions caused by lack of local knowledge, strongly influence the effectiveness of many peacekeeping operations.

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