Kazakhstan’s Nazarbayev Steps Down, But Not Out

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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

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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)


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) /

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,

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,

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,

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

In Search of Explainable Artificial Intelligence

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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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