The Project: The Weather Channel is dedicated entirely to forecasting the weather. A handful of other channels are dedicated to forecasting the political future of people and places. They are, among others, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, and PBS. In this Challenge, we will take advantage of these synergies and ask students to become Political Scientist Forecasters. Specifically, teams of students will produce a weather forecast…about Russia and its political future. Imagine Anderson Cooper from CNN in front of a map of Russia, acting and sounding like a weatherman, but talking about international détente. What is he saying? This is your challenge. Using weather as your metaphor, present a forecast for Russia (or, given recent circumstances, any country of your choice), looking ahead up to five years. Is it sunny or stormy? What is happening to the tropical storm that is forming over Europe? Will it sweep into Russia? Or vice versa? Is there drought or flooding predicted in the near future? And keep in mind, that the details and prompts from this Challenge can be applied to an analysis of any country across the globe.