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Russia’s Got Talent: Kadyrov’s Electoral Politics

Feb 03, 2016
Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Chechen Republic, a Russian region in the North Caucasus, has been the focus of conversation on Russia’s social networks since the beginning of the year. An exchange between Kadyrov, whose media of choice is Instagram, and Russian officials, parliament members, and other internet users took some bizarre turns even by Russian standards: it involved insults, gallows humor, and outright death threats.

U.S. Trade Strategy and The Trans-Pacific Partnership: A Discussion With Ambassador Michael Froman

Feb 03, 2016
In anticipation of the signing of the TPP, Wilson Center Director and President Jane Harman spoke with United States Trade Representative Michael Froman about the agreement and its importance to overall US trade strategy.

Missing From Geneva Talks: A Process That Could Lead to Peace in Syria

Feb 03, 2016
Peace conferences are usually good for two things: starting a credible process or ending one. What’s happening in Geneva, ostensibly aimed at stopping the conflict in Syria, lacks sufficient buy-in from key parties to produce either result writes Aaron David Miller.

Killing Jihadist Hackers Sets a Flawed Precedent

Feb 02, 2016
More and more, state and pseudo-state actors will draw on digital irregulars: patriotic or jihadist hacktivists, civilians with spare time and a working knowledge of the Internet. The anti-Islamic State coalition is setting a model for those wars, whoever fights them.

Between Bullying and Flattery: A Theory on Chinese Politics

Feb 02, 2016
Whether bullying or flattering the top leader, China’s bureaucracy always has its own interests at heart.