There are a number of things about Russia worth watching – their Ukraine incursion and the resulting sanctions, possible future expansion in other areas (they’ve staged war games simulating an invasion of three Baltic islands – one each for Denmark, Sweden, and Finland – the actual takeovers of which would make Baltic commerce pretty much impossible and perhaps prevent an adequate reaction to ground forces in Latvia, Lithuania, or Estonia), their crackdown on homosexuals in Russia, and their closure of NGOs and non-profits:
How long can Putin continue on his current course?
China‘s recent crackdown on human rights lawyers is noteworthy:
On a broader note: Zakaria – With an absent United States, China marches on (Zakaria and Friedman are foreign-policy must reads)
Ukrainian separatists aren’t the only ones setting up a working state:
From NPR’s Here & Now, on Japan and changes for their military: