Russian Plane Crash Over Egypt

Speaker: Steven Cook
Speaker: Graeme Wood
Speaker: Anya Schmemann

A Metrojet Airbus, bound for St. Petersburg, Russia, crashed in the Sinai desert shortly after take-off from Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Saturday. All 224 people on board, mostly Russian citizens, were killed. Could the self-proclaimed Islamic State have bombed flight 9268? As the investigation continues, please join CFR experts Steven A. Cook and Graeme Wood to discuss the potential implications of the tragedy for Egypt, Russia, and the United States.

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Autocracy Generates Fear About Secret Powers

Author: Steven A. Cook
New York Times

The Turkish authorities have blamed the self-declared Islamic State for the attack on a peace rally in Ankara that took the lives of more than 100 people, though others in Turkey are not so sure. Critics of the dominant Justice and Development Party (A.K.P.), and some victims say the violence is more likely the work of either the government itself or the so-called deep state, designed to destabilize Turkey in a way that undermines Kurdish political goals and the A.K.P.’s efforts to transform Turkish politics.

See more in Turkey; Congresses, Parliaments, National Legislatures; Corruption and Bribery


Millennium Challenge: The Real Story of a Corrupted Military Exercise and Its Legacy

Author: Micah Zenko
War on the Rocks

Millennium Challenge 2002, a U.S. military red teaming exercise, was doomed to fail from the start. In an excerpt from his book, Red Team: How to Succeed by Thinking Like the Enemy, Micah Zenko tells a more comprehensive version of the story than has ever been told, featuring interviews with numerous leaders of the military exercise.

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