Links – January 7, 2017

Donald Trump continues as a one-man DDOS attack on coherent thought. He has been tweeting at an elevated rate the past few days. I am trying to tune most of that out, but it does slow down my productivity. Since the guy is going to be President of the United States, it’s hard to ignore him. David Brooks captures the problem.

Here’s the intelligence community’s report on Russian interference in the US election.

Everyday authoritarianism is boring and tolerable. This post, from a scholar of comparative politics, is consistent with what I have been told by people who lived in the Soviet Union. It’s why we need to be extra vigilant about trends and actions by Donald Trump and his government. More from Daniel Nexon.

Top scientists urge Trump to abide by Iran nuclear deal.

Washington’s dangerous drums of war on North Korea.  Is Kim Jong Un trying to tell Donald Trump something? This is one of the best articles I’ve read on what North Korea’s intentions may be. Top photo from here. I have reservations about taking Trump’s tweets too seriously, but it’s worth reading when James Acton does. Trying to learn more about North Korea’s nuclear tests from overhead photos. The North Koreans are very good at keeping information from getting out on their tests.

It’s hard to predict anything about how Trump and his government will interact with the rest of the world. The International Crisis Group is good at thinking things out. Here are the outlooks for ten conflicts in 2017.

Narva and Ivangorod: The contrast between these two cities, one in Estonia and the other in Russia, illustrates why Russia would have a hard time with hybrid war strategies in the Baltic States. The complexity of borders within the Soviet Union and Russia. Russia and Sweden have long been enemies; check out the Great Northern War, for example. That enmity is flaring up again. Update (1/9/17): Here’s the paper that last news item is based on.

Tales of Russian ascendancy in the Middle East are overblown.

Here’s some more on that Syrian reactor Israel bombed in 2007. Questions remain about the IAEA inspection.

Congressional Research Service report on the commercial space industry.

One comment

  1. The Blog Fodder · January 11, 2017

    Very good links. Read most of them. Love the blue ink, red ink joke. Too true. Russia is not authoritarian, it is totalitarian. Borders article was very good. Learned a great deal about some of the conflicts. “Why should I be a minority in your country if you can be a minority in mine?”


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