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What We're Watching: Biden and Putin chat

World War III or nah? US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin are set to speak by phone on Tuesday, as the crisis surrounding Ukraine gets dicier by the day. Russia has massed more than 100,000 troops along its border with the country, and the US is warning that Putin is gearing up to invade soon, though the underlying intel isn’t public. No one is quite sure what Putin’s up to with this stunt. Is he trying to pressure Kyiv into moving ahead with the lopsided (but probably best possible) Minsk peace accords of 2015? Or is the Kremlin seeking a broader NATO commitment not to expand further? Or does Putin actually want to invade Ukraine? Either way, Biden has his work cut out for him. Putin is clearly more comfortable risking lives and money to preserve a sphere of influence in Ukraine than the West is, so the US president has to be careful: don’t set out any red lines that NATO isn’t willing to back, but also don’t push the situation into a broader war that no one (ideally) wants.

Ian Bremmer Explains: How the Nuclear Arms Race Went High Tech | GZERO World

How the nuclear arms race went high tech

On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer takes a look at the current state of the nuclear arms race. At its peak in the 1980s, the global inventory of nuclear warheads exceeded 70,000, but the global stockpile has shrunk significantly since then. Today, climate change is cited as a greater man-made threat to the planet than nuclear warfare. But in recent years, as nuclear disarmament worldwide has slowed to a crawl, world powers are engaging in a new kind of nuclear arms race: a technological one.

Watch the episode: Nuclear weapons: more dangerous than ever?

Story Time with John Bolton | Puppet Regime | GZERO Media

Story time with John Bolton

Trump wants to censor John Bolton's tell-all, but the old walrus-whiskered warmonger has found a big audience for his banned book anyway: at a local pre-school. It's Story Time with John Bolton!

The NSC Is Broken

The NSC is Broken

It has "broken down." Michele Flournoy, co-founder and CEO of the Center for a New American Security, discusses the lack of a clear decision-making process on National Security. Watch the full interview.

All the President's Generals

All the President's Generals

President Trump used to love a man in uniform but these days he's soured on his generals. This week, Ian looks at how the President's cooling relationship with his top brass has affected U.S. foreign policy and then he'll talk to Michèle Flournoy, who was the highest-ranking woman at the Pentagon. And on Puppet Regime we find out what keeps Trump up at night.

Huawei To Hell

It's been a momentous few days in the US-China tech cold war. The confrontation between the world's sole superpower and its biggest geopolitical rival is still more economic and technological than ideological or military, but it's shifting fast. Here's a quick rundown.

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PUPPET REGIME: Bolton's Jobs

Bolton's Jobs

Turnover’s been high in the Trump White House — even John Bolton has been putting out feelers just in case his gig as National Security Adviser doesn’t pan out. #PUPPETREGIME

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