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In Brief: The Death of Alexei Navalny

A lot happens every day. Alliances shift, leaders change, and conflicts erupt. With In Brief, we’ll help you make sense of it all. Each week, experts will dig deep on a single issue happening in the world to help you better understand it. *** On Feb. 16, 2024, Russian opposition leader and activist Alexei Navalny collapsed and died after a walk in the...

Wed Feb 28, 2024 20:31
A Framework for Foresight: Methods to Leverage the Lessons of History

The Scottish poet, novelist, and historian Andrew Lang once quipped that politicians use statistics the way a drunkard uses a lamppost: “for support rather than illumination.” Indeed, the same line might be applied to the way policymakers use, or rather misuse, history. From incongruous analogies to procrustean parallels, the lamentable catalogue of...

Wed Feb 28, 2024 10:48
Why Washington Should Side with Argentina’s Milei Against Beijing

The presidential campaign of Javier Milei of Argentina was one of a kind, from the chainsaw he wielded at rallies to his promise to create a marketplace for human organs. He shouted “long live liberty” to screaming crowds and described his cloned dogs as his closest advisers. Those idiosyncrasies, however, overshadowed the most radical item on Milei’s...

Tue Feb 27, 2024 10:47
Managing a Managed Decline: The Future of Indian-Russian Relations

In Moscow last December, Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar praised the “exceptional” nature of Indian-Russian relationship, describing it as the “one constant in world politics.” The reality, however, is that this relationship is a shell of its former self and, rather than being a constant, it is in fact undergoing a managed decline. This...

Tue Feb 27, 2024 10:47
Africa’s Coup Calamity: What Happened to Deterrence?

Senegal, one of West Africa’s most stable democracies has the unfortunate distinction in becoming the first member in 2024 to join the democratic backslider club. Although not yet a coup, President Macky Sall has announced the postponement of the upcoming presidential election, triggering international and regional concern. Sierra Leone and Guinea-Bissau...

Mon Feb 26, 2024 10:46
The Russo-Ukrainian War at Two

On the second anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Ryan and Mike Kofman sit down to chat about where the war stands today and where things are heading. It is, to be candid, a pessimistic conversation. They cover the fall of Avdiivka, military leadership changes, Ukraine’s mobilization challenges, Congressional dysfunction, European...

Sat Feb 24, 2024 18:59

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