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Kazakhstan’s Nazarbayev Steps Down, But Not Out

KazakhPres, cc Flickr http://en.kremlin.ru/catalog/persons/43/events/55823/photos/50782, modified, Kremlin.ru

News of Nazarbayev’s departure may be premature. Despite letting go of the presidency, the long-time ruler will be in a position to control Kazakh politics for many years to come.

Brexit Drama Comes Down to the Wire

Brexit, cc Flickr Mark Ramsay, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

With the March 29 deadline looming, Prime Minister May is desperate for a short-term extension to take her twice-defeated deal back to Parliament.

Global Forecast (03-19-2019)

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Trump meets his tropical doppelganger in Bolsonaro, a sea change unfolds in Slovak politics, and one of Central Asia’s longest-running leaders suddenly steps down.

Back to the Future: The Security Challenges of Afghan Reconstruction and Development

Former Taliban fighters hand in their guns / GHŌR, Afghanistan (May 28, 2012) – Former Taliban fighters line up to handover their Rifles to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan during a reintegration ceremony at the provincial governor’s compound. The re-integrees formally announced their agreement to join the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Program during the ceremony. (Department of Defense photograph by Lt. j. g. Joe Painter/RELEASED) / https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Former_Taliban_fighters_return_arms.jpg

If Afghanistan is to be stabilized and rebuilt, then all foreign and domestic forces are going to have to get on the same page.

Germany’s Export Dip: Harbinger of an EU Recession?

GermanyFactory, cc Flcikr Oliver Liegmann, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The latest economic data out of Germany does not bode well for growth on the Continent. Are we headed for a new European downturn?

Asleep at the Controls: Boeing and the 737 MAX Debacle

737 MAX 8, cc Flickr Liam Allport, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Boeing should have acted on signs that pilots were unaware of crucial systems, and it should have acted months ago.

Kashmir Conflict (March 9, 2019)

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Zac and Nick discuss the recent flare-up in India and Pakistan's decades-long conflict over Kashmir. Is there a real threat of more military clashes, or was this just political theater for domestic consumption in both countries?

US-China Trade Deal (March 9, 2019)

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Zac and Nick discuss whether the rumored terms of the US-China trade deal are a win for the Trump administration.

Ukraine Elections: Too Close to Call

Tymoshenko2, cc Flickr modified, Ivan Bandura, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The story of the Ukraine elections is now a familiar one: establishment candidates vs. outsider dark horse.

In Search of Explainable Artificial Intelligence

ASIMO conducting post, CC Vanillase, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:ASIMO_Conducting_Pose_on_4.14.2008.jpg

If AI is to be the engine for a new economic and social revolution, people need to know what’s going on under the hood.

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