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Scholar Foresees 'Much Stronger US-Russia Cooperation in Coming Months'

Although previously Pompeo demanded that Russia "must get out" of Venezuela, the secretary of state admitted the necessity of finding a way to end the ongoing political crisis despite US-Russia disagreements over the leadership in the country. "On Venezuela there is stark disagreement which cannot be resolved, but I don't see the US intervening militarily", IAGS co-director Dr Luft noted. "Trump ran his campaign on aversion to costly foreign interventions. His electoral base, on which he is dependent for his re-election, will be furious if US troops get involved in an open ended civil war ahead of the 2020 elections". Still, he highlighted that Washington "can support the Venezuelan opposition in multiple other ways, political, financial, and through covert operations in order to change the status quo".Paul Poast, assistant professor of political science at the University of Chicago, also believes that "the prospects for directly military intervention are low", while the US government's "diplomatic intervention" is "already significant and can have an effect on the situation in the country".

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The Economist


Satellite data shed new light on North Korea’s opaque economy

Viewed from space at night, North Korea looks like the recently released first image of a black hole: an abyss, ringed by the brilliant glow of South Korea, China and Russia, from which nothing can escape. But the Hermit Kingdom does emit a bit of light, which orbiting satellites detect. And nocturnal luminosity is one of the few reliable sources of information about the country. It implies that North Korea’s economy is poorer, more volatile and more vulnerable to weather than formerly thought.

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Defense Digital Service chief stepping down after 'nerd tour of duty'

Chris Lynch, director of the Pentagon’s Defense Digital Service, will step down this month after four years running his so-called “SWAT Team of Nerds.” Noted technologist Brett Goldstein will replace Lynch this week. Goldstein began his career at OpenTable before joining the Chicago Police Department. There he earned the rank of commander, eventually becoming the city’s chief data officer. Since leaving government in 2013, Goldstein has run a venture capital fund, held fellowships at the University of Chicago and Harvard, and served on the board of the tech nonprofit Code for America. He most recently served as a special adviser to the U.S. Navy, where he’s worked with the DDS team. Goldstein is Senior Advisor at The Pearson Institute.

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