BBC News - Ukraine unrest: Nato condemns crackdown on protesters
Some points on the dynamics between EU and Russia. A clear Russia edge with Ukraine. To understand this dynamic helps see where Russia wants to go
Strategy: A History, by Lawrence Freedman - FT.com -
This looks like a book I need to add to my must read list.
BBC News - EU and US edge toward trade deal -
Trade update. The fact that many contentious issues remain outstanding tells me that negotiations are no where near complete. Would it be beneficial for the US to focus here or the Pacific? Or can interests be maximized by pursuing trade deals in each sphere simultaneously?
BBC News - China Third Plenum: Leaders unveil key reforms -
Interesting report if we are to infer from the statements tone there will continue to be more market based reforms. “Improving the governments role” and establishing a committee to monitor unrest are a few take a ways. I would be interested in knowing if the committee on unrest was decided on before or after the recent attacks.
BBC News - US Navy christens first Ford-class aircraft carrier
'No deal' at Iran nuclear talks
BBC News - Blasts at China regional Communist Party office kill one
Below are two articles that focus on Russia’s present standing in the world with one concluding that Russia is in a state of emergence (especially in Asia) while the other argues it is struggling. Both make some interesting points. While Russia faces some demographic and economic challenges it is also increasingly shedding its 1990’s posture. How it will reemerge is a significant topic for consideration.
By Zachary Keck
By Stephen Sestanovich
BBC News: Iran guards 'killed in border clash' -
Fourteen Iranian border guards are killed in a clash with gunmen on the south-eastern border with Pakistan, the official Iranian news agency says.