A Week of Rising International Risk
The most consequential story in international politics right now is the sheer number of potentially consequential stories. Here are ten of them.
A Moscow Crackdown
A Moscow Crackdown: In Russia's capital, police have arrested nearly 3,000 people this summer during demonstrations that began as protests against the exclusion of opposition candidates in Moscow's upcoming municipal elections. But despite a demonstrated willingness by police to rough up demonstrators, another protest rally is planned for this weekend. In 40 other Russian cities, supporters of often-jailed opposition activist Alexei Navalny, who may have been poisonedearlier this summer, have announced "pickets in solidarity with Moscow."
The bottom line: None of these stories is fated to end in disaster for those exposed to them. But all of them look to be moving in the wrong direction.