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BRIC House: Putin Edition

This week, Vladimir Putin was generous enough to provide me with a wealth of blog fodder in an interview with Japanese media (linked below). Putin addressed two issues of major concern to U.S. foreign policy (before going on to suggest that he might have to become president again): the North …

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BRIC Countries Gain Stature

Hello Everyone!  It’s good to be back in the game.  I have been largely severed from the internet world from several weeks as I traveled across Europe and Northern Africa.  I have returned to London, but am still in limbo as I prepare to return to the states.  Still, I …

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G20 Summit Hopes to Cure Economic Crisis

The G20 group of countries have suddenly taken on a new importance ahead of their April 2 meeting.  Amidst a global economic downturn, the people of each country–and those of the rest of the world–are tensely waiting for news of a unified recovery plan that will put everyone back into …

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Russian "Reset"

One of the ancillary benefits of bringing in a new administration is the opportunity to press a metaphorical reset button on all issues.  Despite coming under fire from some of the old guard for keeping a lot of things pretty much the same, the new administration has decided in its …

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Mutually Assured Destruction v. 2.0

Much has been made in recent weeks about what I like to call MAD 2.0–this time between the U.S. and China. Of course, the new MAD is not nearly as vindictive as the previous phase of international relations between the U.S. and the S.U.  It involves no bombs, posturing, or …

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Russia's Response? Drink It All In! (+ Other News)

When the world’s economy is in decline and your nation, run by a network of cartoonish oligarchs, is flexing its muscles more than Arnold Schwarzenegger–and you are Russian–there is always a solid response available: more vodka please! What better way to pacify your people than to keep them drunk?  Apparently …

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BRIC Roundup – January, 2009

There isn’t much new major news coming out of the BRIC countries this week, so instead, I will give you a quick roundup of some of the stories that have been developing through the weeks: Russia is continuing its expansion of influence over its neighboring countries in whatever way possible.  …

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