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    • How China Sees Russia

    • By: Fu Ying
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 25 mins
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    At a time when Russian relations with the United States and western European countries are growing cold, the relatively warm ties between China and Russia have attracted renewed interest. Scholars and journalists in the West find themselves debating the nature of the Chinese-Russian partnership and wondering whether it will evolve into an alliance.

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    • Russia's Perpetual Geopolitics

    • By: Stephen Kotkin
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 26 mins
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    For half a millennium, Russian foreign policy has been characterized by soaring ambitions that have exceeded the country’s capabilities. Beginning with the reign of Ivan the Terrible in the sixteenth century, Russia managed to expand at an average rate of 50 square miles per day for hundreds of years, eventually covering one-sixth of the earth’s landmass. By 1900, it was the world’s fourth or fifth-largest industrial power and the largest agricultural producer in Europe.

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    • How America Lost Faith in Expertise

    • By: Tom Nichols
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 34 mins
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    We are moving beyond a natural skepticism regarding expert claims to the death of the ideal of expertise itself. This is a bad thing. If trust in experts dissipates, expertise will serve not the public interest, but the interest of whatever clique is paying its bills. And such an outcome is already perilously near.

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    • Why Putin Took Crimea

    • By: Daniel Treisman
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 28 mins
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    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s seizure of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in early 2014 was the most consequential decision of his 16 years in power. By annexing a neighboring country’s territory by force, Putin overturned in a single stroke the assumptions on which the post–Cold War European order had rested. The question of why Putin took this step is of more than historical interest.

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    • China's Great Awakening

    • By: Ian Johnson
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 29 mins
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    In present-day China, hundreds of millions of people are turning to faith for answers they cannot find elsewhere in their radically secular society. This burst of religious activity poses risks for the Chinese Communist Party and as Beijing pursues a new, harder line on social change, striking the delicate balance between toleration and repression may become harder.

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    • The Calm Before the Storm

    • Why Volatility Signals Stability and Vice Versa
    • By: Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Gregory F. Treverton
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 27 mins
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    Instead of trying to predict "Black Swan" events such as coups or crises, forecasters should look at how political systems handle disorder. The best indicator of a country's future trajectory is not a lengthy past stability, but recent moderate volatility.

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    • Fine Taleb, but repeats some themes in other books

    • By Philo on 03-23-15

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    • How Populism Will Change Foreign Policy

    • By: Richard Fontaine, Robert D. Kaplan
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 8 mins
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    Washington’s foreign policy elites have been left just as disoriented by the rise of presidential hopefuls, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, as everyone else. In signaling the rise of populism as a dominant strain in US politics, Trump and Sanders challenge the basic assumptions on which decades of US foreign and domestic policy have been built.

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    • The Clash of Civilizations?

    • By: Samuel P. Huntington
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
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    World politics is entering a new phase, in which the great divisions among humankind and the dominating source of international conflict will be cultural.

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    • Clash

    • By AMP on 06-26-15

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    • The Game Theory of Terrorism

    • By: Jacob Olidort
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 15 mins
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    At what point does an extremist become a violent extremist? As the world - wakened by the recent terrorist attacks in Baghdad, Beirut, Paris, and now in California and London, too - struggles to defeat the Islamic State (also called ISIS), the answer is more important than ever.

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    • The Cultural Revolution Still Haunts China’s Communist Party

    • By: Nick Frisch
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 14 mins
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    Fifty years ago this week, the Cultural Revolution began with a sudden shift in power. China’s youth, raised to revere their teachers and Chinese Communist Party (CCP) cadres, were abruptly told to overthrow them instead. CCP Chairman Mao Zedong urged students to “bombard the headquarters,” smoking out crypto-capitalists and spies who had wormed their way into the party and betrayed the revolution. “To rebel,” the chairman assured the young, “is justified.”

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    • Salvaging Brexit

    • By: Swati Dhingra
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 28 mins
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    On June 30, a week after the British public voted to leave the EU, Theresa May gave a speech launching her candidacy for prime minister in which she declared, "Brexit means Brexit." Her message was straightforward: even though she herself had supported remaining in the EU, she would not hesitate to implement the will of the voters. Yet months after assuming office, May has yet to answer crucial questions about what a British exit, or Brexit, would mean for trade, immigration, and financial services.

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    • The Microsoft of Terrorism

    • By: Clint Watts
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 13 mins
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    If al Qaeda were a corporation today, it would be roughly equivalent to Microsoft: A big name but an aging brand, one now strikingly out of touch with the 18 to 35-year-old demographic.

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    • American Political Decay or Renewal?

    • By: Francis Fukuyama
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 29 mins
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    Two years ago, I argued in these pages that America was suffering from political decay. The country’s constitutional system of checks and balances, combined with partisan polarization and the rise of well-financed interest groups, had combined to yield what I labeled “vetocracy,” a situation in which it was easier to stop government from doing things than it was to use government to promote the common good.

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    • Interesting take on the politics of today

    • By Eric on 12-14-16

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    • Populism on the March

    • By: Fareed Zakaria
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 26 mins
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    Donald Trump’s admirers and critics would probably agree on one thing: he is different. One of his chief Republican supporters, Newt Gingrich, describes him as a "unique, extraordinary experience." And of course, in some ways - his celebrity, his flexibility with the facts - Trump is unusual. But in an important sense, he is not: Trump is part of a broad populist upsurge running through the Western world. It can be seen in countries of widely varying circumstances, from prosperous Sweden to crisis-ridden Greece.

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    • The Case for Offshore Balancing

    • By: John J. Mearsheimer, Stephen M. Walt
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 37 mins
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    For the first time in recent memory, large numbers of Americans are openly questioning their country’s grand strategy. An April 2016 Pew poll found that 57 percent of Americans agree that the United States should “deal with its own problems and let others deal with theirs the best they can.” On the campaign trail, both the Democrat Bernie Sanders and the Republican Donald Trump found receptive audiences whenever they questioned the United States’ penchant for promoting democracy.

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    • Trump and American Exceptionalism

    • By: Stephen Wertheim
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 11 mins
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    Since Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president on November 8, the liberal commentariat has been sounding the alarm on the fate of the international order: the Pax Americana is over. Four years after dismissing American decline as a myth, Robert Kagan now claims we’re nearing the “end of the 70-year-old U.S. world order.” Ian Buruma laments that those who voted for Trump and Brexit wish to “pull down the pillars” of liberal internationalism and retreat into isolation.

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    • The Resistible Rise of Vladimir Putin

    • By: Stephen Kotkin
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 55 mins
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    How did 21st-century Russia end up, yet again, in personal rule? An advanced industrial country of 142 million people, it has no enduring political parties that organize and respond to voter preferences. The military is sprawling yet tame; the immense secret police are effectively in one man’s pocket. The hydrocarbon sector is a personal bank, and indeed much of the economy is increasingly treated as an individual fiefdom. Mass media move more or less in lockstep with the commands of the presidential administration.

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    • Iran and the New Monroe Doctrine

    • By: Ilan Berman
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 9 mins
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    In Washington, conventional wisdom has long held that Iran’s presence south of the US border constitutes little more than an axis of annoyance. In this telling, Iran’s activities in Central and South America - from numerous commercial and trade deals with various nations to the establishment of cultural centers throughout the region - are disorganized, opportunistic, and ultimately of little consequence.

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    • The Fed and the Great Recession

    • By: Scott Sumner
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 25 mins
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    Today, there is essentially one accepted narrative of the economic crisis that began in late 2007. Overly optimistic homebuyers and reckless lenders in the United States created a housing price bubble. Regulators were asleep at the switch. When the bubble inevitably popped, the government had to bail out the banks, and the United States suffered its deepest and longest slump since the 1930s. For anyone who has seen or read The Big Short, this story will be familiar.

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    • Misreading the Nordic Model

    • By: Nima Sanandaji
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 14 mins
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    Bernie Sanders, the left-wing populist who for months competed with Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary, has popularized a simple vision for reform: introduce a Nordic-style welfare state in the United States.

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