Despite the Trump administration’s inability to understand why the war in Afghanistan has been such a massive failure, the reason for the failure is quite simple. The United States can never win this war, because the nature of this war will always favour the Taliban. Not only do the Taliban have every reason to fight, they also enjoy the advantage of being local to Afghanistan. Unlike the coalition...

OPEC mulls a long-term alliance with Russia to keep oil prices stable The Economist comments on the strengthening relationship between Saudi Arabia and Russia and puts forward the idea that the countries are set to reach more effective limits to the global production of oil. Resurgence of shale production in the U.S. makes it natural for the large producers whose economies are strongly dependent on...

Sixty-four candidates have applied for registration to the March 2018 presidential elections in the Russian Federation. Many names are familiar, such as Liberal Democratic leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky (now 71) and Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky (65), but others are new, including the nominee of the official Communist Party, Pavel Grudinin and socialite Ksenia Sobchak, well known as a TV star and the...

Ukrainian politics is always complex. For the past three and one half years the leadership, in the form of President Petro Poroshenko, has remained stable, though increasingly unpopular. He is likely to stand for reelection in 2019, if not sooner. Otherwise the clearest thing about the views of the electorate is that it it is not especially enamoured with any of the leading politicians. In fact, the third...

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