Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) looks back at U.S. President Barack Obama (L) as they arrive with Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) at an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit plenary session at the International Convention Center at Yanqi Lake, in Beijing, China. REUTERS/PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS/POOL (CHINA - TAGS: POLITICS BUSINESS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Peter Apps, Reuters: Is Vladimir Putin deliberately destabilizing U.S. politics?
When WikiLeaks dumped tens of thousands of often embarrassing internal Democratic Party emails, it didn’t take long for the finger to be pointed at Moscow.
In many ways, that should hardly be surprising. The distinctly idiosyncratic dynamic between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin has long been a topic of fascination for pundits. Some of the Republican presidential candidate’s approaches and statements – particularly questioning the U.S. commitment to NATO – are almost certainly appealing to Moscow.
The Russian intelligence services have a largely deserved reputation for excellence when it comes to cyber-spying, not to mention dirty political tricks. And, perhaps most importantly of all, a growing number of Western officials and security experts are increasingly convinced that Russia is doing everything it can to politically destabilize the West.
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- July 28, 2016
Russian Meddling in U.S. Election - Cyberwarfare? -- Alex Mitchell & Alex Schulz, VOX
AP EXPLAINS: Why Syria's al-Qaida may be considering a split -- Bassem Mroue, AP
Islamic fundamentalists have a special loathing for Christianity -- Damian Thompson, Spectator
Quietly, Iran keeps taking hostages, exposing an internal rift -- Howard LaFranchi, CSM
Why the situation in Turkey may only get worse -- Lauren Bohn and Elmira Bayrasli, Reuters
Will Turkey be expelled from NATO? -- Semih Idiz, Al-Monitor
Why Palestinians are on the verge of civil war -- Benny Avni, NYPost
Why has Russia teamed up with China in the South China Sea? -- Ben Rosen, CSM
Shamefare: How Vietnam Could Push Back Against China in the South China Sea -- Harry J. Kazianis, National Interest
China and Japan have long, close ties, that even WW2 sensitivities can't shake -- Aza Wee Sile, CNBC
Unstable Nepal not good for India -- M.K. Bhadrakumar, Asia Times
Facing North Korea's Nuclear Reality -- Rodger Baker, Stratfor
Trump gets media, Clinton to play his tune -- Joe Concha, The Hill
Trump Shows the Flaws of NSA Surveillance -- Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic
Can the World Deal With a New Bank Crisis? -- Satyajit Das, Bloomberg