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Why China, a geopolitical teenager, is finally growing up

December 16, 2015

A woman walks past corrugated iron fencing at a Chinese construction site in Kenya's capital Nairobi September 2, 2015. Picture taken September 2, 2015. To match CHINA-AFRICA/ REUTERS/Noor Khamis - RTX1WHJ6

A woman walks past corrugated iron fencing at a Chinese construction site in Kenya's capital Nairobi September 2, 2015. REUTERS/Noor Khamis

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Russia’s payback against Turkey over shoot-down may turn deadly

December 15, 2015

Russia's diesel-electric submarine Rostov-on-Don sets sail in the Bosphorus, on its way to the Black Sea, in Istanbul, Turkey, December 13, 2015. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Russia's diesel-electric submarine Rostov-on-Don sets sail in the Bosphorus, on its way to the Black Sea, in Istanbul, Turkey, December 13, 2015. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

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Chaos in Libya: It’s the oil, stupid

December 13, 2015

One of the members of the military protecting a demonstration against candidates for a national unity government proposed by U.N. envoy for Libya Bernardino Leon, is pictured in Benghazi, Libya October 23, 2015. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTS5V4X

One of the members of the military protecting a demonstration against candidates for a national unity government proposed by UN envoy for Libya Bernardino Leon, is pictured in Benghazi, Libya, October 23, 2015. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori 

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Europe’s got its own Donald Trumps

December 10, 2015

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Presidential candidate Donald Trump views his Scottish golf course at Turnberry.
Action Images via Reuters/Russell Cheyne

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Will this be the catalyst for the next Holocaust?

December 9, 2015
Participants: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Timothy Snyder

We live in the shadow of World War Two and the Holocaust.

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If Vladimir Putin carries through on latest threats, it would only hurt Russia

December 9, 2015

 

An employee stands near pipes made for the South Stream pipeline at the OMK metal works in Vyksa in the Nizhny Novgorod region April 15, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin (RUSSIA - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY) - RTR3LET2

An employee stands near pipes made for the South Stream pipeline at the OMK metal works in Vyksa in the Nizhny Novgorod region April 15, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

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What a climate deal means for oil markets

December 8, 2015

An employee of Indonesian oil company Pertamina walks on the top of drums at the oil storage depot in Jakarta September 1, 2005. Indonesia's state oil company Pertamina increased prices of high octane gasoline by more than 40 percent and hiked the prices of some other industry fuels on Thursday to catch up with the rising cost of crude oil. REUTERS/Beawiharta  BEA/PN - RTRM69Y

An employee of Indonesian oil company Pertamina walks on the top of drums at the oil storage depot in Jakarta, September 1, 2005. REUTERS/Beawiharta

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The best science fiction movie of the year has a contradictory message

December 6, 2015

A location on Mars associated with the best-selling novel and Hollywood movie, "The Martian is seen in an image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter taken May 17, 2015.  This area is in the Acidalia Planitia region and in the novel and the movie, it is the landing site of a crewed mission named Ares 3.  REUTERS/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona/Handout via Reuters  THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - RTS39QM

A location on Mars associated with the best-selling novel and Hollywood movie, "The Martian is seen in an image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter taken May 17, 2015. REUTERS/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona/Handout via Reuters

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Vladimir Putin targets Turkey first, terror second in state-of-Russia speech

December 3, 2015

Honour guards stand at attention during the funeral ceremony of Oleg Peshkov, a Russian pilot of the downed SU-24 jet, at a cemetery in Lipetsk, Russia, December 2, 2015. Peshkov was awarded the Hero of Russia award posthumously. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1WTKJ

Honor guards stand at attention during the funeral ceremony of Oleg Peshkov, one of the pilots of the downed Russian SU-24 jet, at a cemetery in Lipetsk, Russia, December 2, 2015. Peshkov was awarded the Hero of Russia award posthumously. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

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Vladimir Putin: 25 percent violence, 75 percent propaganda

December 1, 2015
Participants: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Peter Pomerantsev

The media in Russia is lively, often entertaining and largely state controlled. Still, an illusion of freedom remains key for the Kremlin to maintain its grasp over a country that spans 11 time zones. In this episode of War College, we look at how Vladimir Putin crafts his message for both internal and external consumption.