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The United States still has the largest defense budget in the world, some three times more than China’s and over $500 billion more than Russia’s – and it will have the lar...(full article)

The "frozen conflict" that Russia has been angling for in Eastern Ukraine effectively begins today. The Ukrainian parliament approved two bills put forward by President Petro Po...(full article)

Comes now the great Daniel J. Mahoney, author of penetrating intellectual biographies of Bertrand de Jouvenel, Raymond Aron, and Charles de Gaulle, among other books, to discuss hi...(full article)

Divorce and separation remains a very real problem for Europe. Scotland's agitation to leave the U.K., Catalonia's attempts to escape the custody of Madrid and Novorossia's bloody ...(full article)

When does a ceasefire look like surrender? When practically all of the conditions of the enemy are met and their remaining ones are not precluded from happening. That is what Ukrai...(full article)

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The Grand Strategy Obama Needs - Vali Nasr, New York Times

The twin crises in Ukraine and the Middle East are perhaps the most serious President Obama has faced. He has been spurred into action, but still hopes to balance his show of lead...

Estonia Might Be Next on Putin's List - Rob Garver, The Fiscal Times

President Obama last week reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to the security of Estonia, one of a handful of small former Soviet states bordering Russia that have joined...

Russia and the Menace of Unreality - Peter Pomerantsev, The Atlantic

At the NATO summit in Wales last week, General Philip Breedlove, the military alliance’s top commander, made a bold declaration. Russia, he said, is waging “the most amazing i...

Russia's Next Land Grab - Brenda Shaffer, New York Times

Ukraine isn’t the only place where Russia is stirring up trouble. Since the Soviet Union broke up in 1991, Moscow has routinely supported secessionists in bordering states, to c...

Ukraine Crisis at Point of No Return - Alina Polyakova, TNI

Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine’s embattled president, is looking to make a deal with the enemy. And why wouldn’t he be? In a preemptive move on the eve of the NATO summit in...

Putin's Crimea Is a Big Anti-Gay Casino - Anna Nemtsova, The Daily Beast

The town of Simeiz, once a favorite vacation spot for Ukrainian gays and “hippies,” lost most of its free-spirited visitors this year.  On a recent weekend, no kissing coupl...

Who Will NATO Save from Putin? - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

It may seem that the response of the U.S. and European Union to Russian President Vladimir Putin's Soviet revanchism is entirely ad hoc and reactive. There is, however, a logic t...

Could IS Bring Russia, U.S. Together? - Roland Dannreuther, MT

The start of a fragile cease-fire in Ukraine opens up the potential for some limitation of the dangerous escalation in tensions between Russia an...

Need to Know About Russia Missile Violations - Washington Post

It was unsettling when the Obama administration recently published a compliance report saying that Russia had violated the treaty. At issue is a provision that prohibits the poss...

Ukraine's Cease-Fire, Putin's Victory - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

Ukraine has signed a cease-fire deal with the Russian-backed rebels holding part of its territory. For Kiev, this is an admission of defeat: Having failed to secure meaningful We...

Now Comes NATO's True Test - J. Brustein, Bloomberg BW

As usual, the latest summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was a good one for stenographers. The gathered heads of state issued not one but two official declarations, ma...

Russia Takes, NATO Blinks - George Will, New York Post

Speaking on Aug. 29 — at a fundraiser, of course — President Obama applied to a platitude the varnish of smartphone sociology, producing this intellectual sunburst: “The tr...

Back to Cold War Deterrence with Russia - Jeffrey Lewis, FP

think the critics have it all wrong: The big reset button that Hilary Clinton handed to Sergei Lavrov in 2008 worked perfectly -- it's just that some joker set it to 1968. And ther...

Why Putin's Russia Is Weaker Than USSR - Zack Beauchamp, Vox

Since Russia invaded Ukraine, there've been a lot of comparisons between Putin's Russia and the Soviet Union. There's a lot wrong with that comparison, starting with one fairly obv...

Pushing Back Against Putin - John Bolton, Weekly Standard

Vladimir Putin’s efforts to establish hegemony over Ukraine may now have reached a decisive point both for the balance of power in Central and Eastern Europe and for the NATO all...

U.S.-Russia Split Aids Jihadists - Allison Quinn, Moscow Times

The Islamic State may practice a seventh-century version of Islam and have disavowed the Western lifestyle, but they're watching Russia and the U.S. engage in empty posturing over ...

NATO Is Relevant Again - Patrick Smyth, Irish Times

In truth Nato owes Vladimir Putin. Big time. While the alliance’s members would much rather he had not sent troops into Ukraine, in doing so, the Russian leader has reaffirme...

Lightweight Leaders and a World in Crisis - Daily Mail

This was the week the free world’s most powerful leaders met in Britain, at a time of intense global instability – and decided there was little they were prepared to do...

Russia Abducts an Estonian Officer - Max Fisher, Vox

On Friday morning, less than 48 hours after President Obama delivered a speech in Estonia warning that Russian aggression against Estonia could trigger war with the US and NATO, Ru...

Russia Sees a Military Solution - Washington Post

PRESIDENT OBAMA and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have been insisting for months that there is no military solution to the crisis in Ukraine. Unfortunately, Russian President Vla...

NATO Owes Putin a Big Thank-You - Stephen Walt, Foreign Policy

I were really cynical, I'd suspect some bureaucrats at NATO headquarters in Brussels are secretly glad about the crisis in Ukraine. Why? Because it gives the aging alliance somethi...

Unwise to Isolate Russia Entirely - Joseph Nye, Project Syndicate

The Aspen Strategy Group, a non-partisan group of foreign-policy experts that former US National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft and I co-chair, recently wrestled with the questio...

Put Vladimir Putin in His Place - Los Angeles Times

When Russia began to interfere militarily in Ukraine earlier this year, President Obama said he didn't view that country as a part of a Cold War chess game. Unfortunately, Vladimir...

NATO Plans New Outposts to Stop Putin - Eli Lake, The Daily Beast

With Russian forces entering into Ukraine, NATO is putting together a plan to place the alliance’s troops in bases behind the former Iron Curtain. One U.S. official who was not...

Putin's Nuclear Threats Are Hot Air - David Francis, The Fiscal Times

Taken together, Putin’s comments represent a radical change in the way nuclear weapons have traditionally been referenced. During the Cold War, they were used as a deterrent f...

Putin's Plan to Save NATO - Bloomberg

Say this for Russian President Vladimir Putin: He has ended NATO's decades-old existential crisis. When the North Atlantic Treaty Organization meets tomorrow in Wales, the abstr...

Obama's Big Commitment to Eastern Europe - David Frum, Atlantic

President Obama forcefully assured Estonians—and all NATO’s new allies—that waging war on them meant waging war on the United States. “[T]he defense of Tallinn and Riga and...

Echoes of Hitler in Putin's Ambitions - George Will, Washington Post

Putin’s serial amputations of portions of Ukraine, which began with his fait accompli in Crimea, will proceed, and succeed, until his appetite is satiated. Then the real danger w...

A Way Out for Ukraine and Russia - Anatol Lieven, New York Times

As many observers have been writing from the start of this conflict, there was never a chance of the Ukrainian government being able to win militarily. Russia has demonstrated an...

Far from Keeping Peace, NATO a Threat to It - S. Milne, Guardian

For the west's masters of war, it's a good time to be in Wales. A military alliance that has struggled for years to explain why it still exists has got a packed agenda for its Ne...

What If Putin Doesn't Care About Sanctions? - Jamila Trindle, FP

The mere threat of additional Western sanctions against Moscow this week sent Russia's currency to new lows; it's down 12 percent this year. Inflation is expected to rise at leas...

NATO Must Rediscover Its Purpose - Daily Telegraph

It is no exaggeration to say that the two-day Nato summit beginning today in Wales represents a defining moment in the organisation’s 65-year history. In recent years it ha...

How West the Won Cold War, But Lost the Peace - Nicolai Petro, TNI

To have any hope of healing the deep wound in the very heart of Europe that is the crisis in Ukraine, we must first separate two crises that have become intertwined. One is the cri...

Russia Can Hit Back With Resource War - Gary Litman, RealClearWorld

This week, heads of 28 nations gather in Newport, Wales, for a NATO Summit described by a former NATO military commander as “the most important since the fall of the Berlin W...

Europe's Economy Could Doom Ukraine - David Francis, Fiscal Times

As the full impact of sanctions against Russia hit the European Union and as the EU attempts to recover from the sovereign debt crisis that nearly destroyed it, the European ...

West Must Decide If Putin Is Hitler - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron reportedly warned his European colleagues against "repeating the errors of 1938 in Munich," referring to a pact the U.K. and France made with Hi...

Europe's First Real War in Decades - Bernard Henri-Levy, TNR

The separatist pantomime is over, and it is toward a new reality that we may be headed: the reality of the first real war in Europe in decades, the first aggression of one sovere...

Punching Back at Putin - Bloomberg

Given the (not unreasonable) unwillingness of the countries of NATO to go to war with Russia over Ukraine, it would be unwise for the alliance to start sending heavy weapons to t...

A 'Berlin Airlift' for Ukraine's Winter - Michael Rubin, Commentary

It’s time to be proactive. Putin can boast that he can take the Ukrainian capital Kiev in two weeks, but he really doesn’t need to. After all, Ukraine remains overwhelmingly ...

Don't Cede Ukraine - Washington Post

Mr. Obama has publicly ruled out — again, with gratuitous clarity — using force to defend Ukraine, and some European members of NATO balk at supplying lethal aid. But Russia...

NATO's Urgent Challenges - New York Times

More than anyone, President Vladimir Putin of Russia has set the agenda for NATO’s 65th summit meeting this week, which could well be the most consequential since the Cold War ...

Russia's Extended Family Falling Apart - Ivan Sukhov, Moscow Times

The Ukrainian flag flutters among other European flags in front of a certain Greek hotel at the start of the early autumn tourist season. The hotel is brimming with Russians ...

Putin Threatens Nuclear War over Ukraine - G. Chang, Daily Beast

On Friday, as Russian Federation tanks and troops poured across the border into eastern Ukraine, Vladimir Putin talked about his country’s most destructive weaponry. “I want ...

President Obama Needs to Focus - Washington Post

President Obama's acknowledgment that “we don’t have a strategy yet” in Syria understandably attracted the most attention after his perplexing meeting with reporters Thursd...

If Obama's Not Using the Presidency... - Robert Tracinski, Federalist

President Lincoln once said to an over-cautious general, “If you are not using the army, I should like to borrow it for a short while.” After yesterday’s press conference...

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  • Population: 142,008,000 (9th)
  • Area Size: 6,592,800 sq mi (1st)
  • GDP: $1.78 trillion (8th)
  • Currency: Ruble (RUB)
  • Official Language: Russian
  • Capital City: Moscow
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