December 3rd, 2014
06:02 PM ET

What I'm reading: Why did Putin turn?

By Fareed Zakaria

“Russian President Vladimir Putin’s policy toward his country’s ‘near abroad’ and the West has been badly misunderstood,” writes Harold James for Project Syndicate. “Instead of focusing on broader geopolitical patterns – in particular, the effect of the 2007-2008 financial crisis on global politics – commentators have been turning Kremlin policy into a psychodrama that can be understood only through a deep exploration of the Russian soul. The result has been rampant misconceptions about what drove Putin’s shift from what seemed to be a modernizing, conciliatory, and even pro-Western stance to aggressive revisionism.”

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“Yes, it costs Saudi Arabia only about $2 a barrel to get crude out of the ground,” writes Tim Mullaney for Marketwatch. “But analysts insist the Saudis’ real pain point is more than $100 a barrel — more than $30 higher than its price now — because of what they do with the money once they have it.”

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“In a speech two years ago, Leon E. Panetta, the former defense secretary, predicted it would take a ‘cyber-Pearl Harbor’ – a crippling attack that would cause physical destruction and loss of life – to wake up the nation to the vulnerabilities in its computer systems,” writes Nicole Perlroth in the New York Times.

“No such attack has occurred. Nonetheless, at every level, there has been an awakening that the threats are real and growing worse, and that the prevailing ‘patch and pray’ approach to computer security simply will not do. So what happened?”

 

 


soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. rupert

    Adriana Grande rayped me.

    December 5, 2014 at 12:50 am | Reply
  2. rupert

    @observer. U don't seem gay

    December 5, 2014 at 1:02 am | Reply
  3. Observer

    Funny rupert, and i didnt take you for a "blogtard". Til now.

    December 5, 2014 at 9:19 am | Reply
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