Links – June 6, 2017

The $110 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia is fake news.

The bottleneck in Rex Tillerson’s State Department. Tillerson is depending primarily on two aides who don’t have a lot of foreign policy experience, rather than the expertise in State’s various bureaus.

Apparently Donald Trump’s insistence on absolute loyalty is part of the reason that government jobs are going unfilled. More about why those jobs are unfilled.

That Russian bank that Jared Kushner (and, btw, Carter Page) was dealing with.

The Marshall Plan turns 70 this week. Here are four reasons it was so important. Lessons for the current administration, if anyone is listening.

Why does Moscow’s perennial quest for respect go nowhere? 

What happens when the government decides to follow junk science. Russia, Lysenko, and domesticated foxes. The story of selecting foxes over many generations for human tolerance and domestication is fascinating. Photo from here.

Long backgrounder on Belarus.

A long read by George Perkovich on the pros and cons of the nuclear ban treaty.

Figuring out our nuclear future is ultimately a political, not technical, problem.

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