Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Russia in Review - Harvard - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs | South American Left in Retreat as Economic Crisis Deepens - ABC News | U.S. facing 'unprecedented threat environment' in wake of ISIS' rise - CNNPolitics.com

Can We Trust Vladimir Putin? - Breitbart | 'Putin Involved in Drug Smuggling Ring', Says Ex-KGB Officer | Putin and drug trafficking - Google Search | Vladimir Putin: 'the godfather of a mafia clan' - Telegraph | Russia is sharing information with the Taliban to fight the Islamic State - The Washington Post | Putin Casts Covetous Eyes on Sweden and Greece

The Seven Deadly Sins of Russia Analysis: "As former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates remarked on our ability to predict the nature and location of the next conflict, “our record has been perfect” given that “we’ve never once gotten it right.” The same should be said of our ability to judge regime brittleness. The point is not that neo-Kremlinology or assessments of political stability are a waste of time, but that this is a single layer of analysis that should be taken with a healthy dose of skepticism."

"As former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates remarked on our ability to predict the nature and location of the next conflict, “our record has been perfect” given that “we’ve never once gotten it right.” The same should be said of our ability to judge regime brittleness. The point is not that neo-Kremlinology or assessments of political stability are a waste of time, but that this is a single layer of analysis that should be taken with a healthy dose of skepticism."