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Today: Kenan Rovshenoglu & Bayram Balci explain how Azerbaijan is a lens into a region's fears of conflict between Sunni & Shia populations as the #Syria war drags on.

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Prior to 2003, there was a tenuous balance of power between Sunni regimes and Shia regimes in the Mideast. The U.S. invasion of Iraq changed everything.

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Putin welcomed #G20 finance ministers & leaders to #Russia this week. Ironically, he's the pinnacle vulture of a kleptocracy preventing Russia's rise beyond resource wealth.

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The NYTimes Editorial Board soundly denounces Larry Summers as "the opposite of what is needed in a Fed leader," echoing many critiques our own Stephan Richter has raised.

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Photo Series: The U.S. Library of Congress has digitized the collections of pre-Soviet Russian color photography pioneer Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky. He captured a #Russia roaring into a new age. http://bit.ly/15zRzMe
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Today's feature: "1913-2013: How Russia Botched an Entire Century." As #Russia hosts the G20 this week, Alexei Bayer reminds us of what could have been, starting 100 years ago.

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#Syria Crisis: The West stood by and did nothing as thousands of women refugees faced soldier rapes -- and unsupportive doctors. Syrian "red lines" are arbitrary.

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Global Bite: Bombing #Syria over a foolish pre-commitment to do so is as stupid as (albeit smaller than) Europe going to war in 1914 because they had promised each other to do it.

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Today's #G20 feature: "Global Cooperation Buckling Under Past Successes." Three authors say past ad hoc cooperation is so tangled it's hurting future global governance.

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Global Bite: Congress may soon approve #Syria action that most in the U.S. oppose. Chinese & Russian leaders, oft-criticized by America for undemocratic acts, are sure to trumpet the irony.
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