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Endgame for Putin in Ukraine?

Robert Skidelsky, Project Syndicate

Putin's Gone Too Far to Back Down Now

Charles Crawford, Daily Telegraph

The Russian public’s natural reaction will be to rally to their leader. But support for Putin, though broad, may not be deep. It is support before, not after, the debate abou...(full article)

On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin met in Minsk with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The two held talks ostensibly aimed at bringing an end to a war that, according...(full article)

Moscow’s policy towards Ukraine in the past year has been a disaster in its own terms, giving Ukrainian identity and self-respect a boost as never seen before. Mr Putin is co...(full article)

The Putin doctrine -- the belief that Russia has the right to act to protect Russian-speakers, no matter where they are -- puts NATO nations such as Estonia, Latvia, and Poland at ...(full article)

The presidential summit in Minsk offers hope of a deal over Ukraine. But the Russian leader will not accept humiliation....(full article)

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Events Stoke Debate over Obama's Worldview - Zachary Goldfarb, WaPo

The week began with the breaking of the siege of Mount Sinjar in Iraq, thanks to U.S. bombing runs, and ended with the public beheading of American journalist James Foley in Syria ...

Russia Is Already Invading Ukraine - David Frum, The Atlantic

On the same day as the convoy’s theatrical but seemingly pointless mission, NATO officials publicly charged that “Russian artillery support—both cross-border and from withi...

What a Russia-Ukraine Deal Could Look Like - Patrick Smith, Fiscal Times

All eyes will focus this week on Minsk where Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko. After coming close to armed confrontation ov...

Russia's Great-Power Ukraine Strategy - Mark Kramer, National Interest

The ongoing crisis between Russia and Ukraine has attracted extensive news coverage and political commentary in the United States. Reading the commentary, one often gets the impr...

Revitalized NATO Could Be Obama's Legacy - Anne Applebaum, Wash Post

In two years, President Obama could reconceive, renegotiate and rewrite a new North Atlantic Treaty, or at least restructure NATO so that it functions like a living organism and no...

When Sanctions Lead to War - Paul Saunders, New York Times

As Ukraine battles separatists and Russia appears poised to invade, many historians and scholars are warning of ominous similarities to the outbreak of World War I in 1914. But the...

How WWII Could Have Ended - Gregory Clark, Japan Times

August 15, 1945, is the much-remembered date of Japan’s surrender in World War II. But that date could have been much later. On a recent visit to Australia, I discovered an a...

Russia's 'Humanitarian' Invasion Rolls In - Anna Nemtsova, Daily Beast

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement on Friday that said the trucks moved because “the endless delays hampering the initial deliveries of the Russian hu...

Merkel Takes Charge of Pacifying Ukraine - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

As keeps happening, German Chancellor Angela Merkel finds herself in a leading role on the global stage -- this time in resolving the Ukraine crisis. Of all the world leaders, sh...

Putin's Public Opinion Problem - Thomas Sherlock, The National Interest

Russian public opinion is far more likely in the near term to shape the behavior of the Kremlin than the new, tough sanctions against Russia—but not in ways that most would e...

Make Russia an Offer on Ukraine It Can't Refuse - Oliker & Crane, GPS

Ukraine is burning. Ongoing fighting between government forces and insurgents in eastern Ukraine have left more than 2,000 Ukrainian civilians dead and some 300,000 displaced, acco...

NATO Expansion: Genius or Historic Mistake? - Eugene Rumer, TNI

Two decades after the debate about NATO enlargement pitted “NATO-firsters” against “Russia-firsters,” both sides have had reasons to say, “I told you so.” And they di...

Hollywood Says Thanks but No Thanks to Russia - Simon Shuster, Time

Western celebrities were once willing to make public appearances in Russia. With few exceptions, the stars have stopped coming....

Hurt Putin, Hurt Yourself? - Vauhini Vara, The New Yorker

Few would argue that sanctions are supposed to be a profit-making enterprise: their goals tend to be political, not economic. By imposing sanctions on Russia, European leaders hope...

Russia Is Trapped in 1991 - Georgy Bovt, Moscow Times

Today's Russia faces essentially the same challenge that the Soviet Union faced on the eve of its dissolution, and one that the coup of 1991 failed to meet. This challenge is the n...

Putin's Sanctions Against Russia - Masha Lipman, The New Yorker

Putting aside concerns that the ban on food imports may breach Russia’s obligations as a World Trade Organization member—Putin has denied that any W.T.O. rules are bein...

The Making of Vladimir Putin - Strobe Talbott, Politico Magazine

Putin’s aggression only makes sense against the backdrop of what has been the defining theme of his presidency: turning back the clock. For years that has meant repudiating t...

Europe's Malaise: The New Normal? - George Friedman, Stratfor

Russia and Ukraine continue to confront each other along their border. Iraq has splintered, leading to unabated internal warfare. And the situation in Gaza remains dire. These even...

Eurasia's Reagan Revolutions - Pankaj Mishra, Bloomberg View

Perhaps economic hurdles -- caused by sanctions in Russia’s case and fundamental weakness in India's and Turkey’s -- will impose limits upon the megalomania of the tub-...

Putin Doesn't Fear Alienating the West - Stephen Blackwell, The National

Russian president Vladimir Putin shows every intention of keeping the world guessing about his ultimate intentions in Ukraine....

Chinese Pilots Fly at Russia's Top Gun - Thomas Newdick, War Is Boring

Chinese and Russian fighter pilots have been testing their skills in an unprecedented series of maneuvers in southeast Russia. Some observers have billed the Aviadarts exercise as ...

Why Won't We Name Putin's Invasion? - Michael Weiss, Foreign Policy

Vladimir Putin now seems to be relying on the Eddie Murphy "wasn't me" excuse, no doubt with the understanding that having a bald-faced lie exposed by independent witnesses matters...

Continental Drift Could Scupper Euro Recovery - Daily Telegraph

All of a sudden, the euro crisis is back, though in truth it never really went away. The latest economic figures from the eurozone make bleak reading. Germany, the continent’s bi...

Obama Should Have Listened to Hillary - Charles Krauthammer, Nat'l Post

Leave it to Barack Obama’s own former secretary of state to acknowledge the fatal flaw of his foreign policy: a total absence of strategic thinking. Mind you, Obama does deploy ...

The Dangerous Mr. Putin - David J. Kramer, The American Interest

The problem with “accommodating” Russia in Ukraine is that Vladimir Putin’s goal is sowing chaos as part of a plan to hold on to power in the Kremlin....

Putin's Useful (British) Idiots - James Bloodworth, The Daily Beast

From Neville Chamberlain to the pages of today’s Guardian, many members of the British elite, left and right, have proved themselves suckers for totalitarianism....

Putin's Sleight-of-Hand Invasion - Anna Nemtsova, The Daily Beast

On Thursday night a caravan of about 270 Russian military trucks, all freshly painted white, parked in a field outside the small town of Kamensk-Shakhtinsky about 25 kilometers (...

Obama's Foreign Policy Record: TBD - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

This is all intrinsically connected with optics: America's reputation for power as perceived by its friends and enemies. To wit, the Israelis might not have liked Kissinger or Bake...

How Putin Exploits Western Chaos - Chicago Tribune

Putin is playing a long game, striving to re-establish Russian clout across as much of Asia and Europe as he can. He sees an America focused on affairs at home, and yearns to push ...

Euro Recovery Grinds to Halt Amid Ukraine Fear - David McHugh, AP

The shaky economic recovery in the 18-country eurozone ground to a halt in the second quarter, as the continent's central pillars - Germany and France - were held back by weaker in...

Is Putin's Aid Convoy a Trojan Horse? - Michael Weiss, Foreign Policy

The Red Cross has no idea what 280 Russian trucks making their way to the Ukrainian border are carrying. Is Putin's "humanitarian" mission a Trojan horse?...

Russia Delivers a Blow to Globalization - Anne Applebaum, National Post

While it lasted, globalization was a beguiling tale we told ourselves about the future. The world is interconnected and therefore getting not just richer but more peaceful. The tec...

What Crimea Says about Putin's Future - Matthias Schepp, Der Spiegel

President Vladimir Putin made himself immensely popular among Russians by annexing the Crimean Peninsula. But with the situation in eastern Ukraine volatile, it remains unclear how...

Putin's 'Humanitarian' Farce in Ukraine - Washington Post

The motive for another escalation in Russia’s ongoing meddling is clear enough: not the “humanitarian crisis” the Kremlin claims is occurring in areas held by its surrogate f...

Ukraine Is Winning, but Will Putin Invade? - Chrystia Freeland, Politico

No matter how hard Putin tries to spin it (or to turn from attack line into a reality), Ukraine isn’t a failed state, prey to domestic extremists and weakened by civil war. This ...

How Long Can the U.S. Rely on Russian Titanium? - Dan McGroarty, RCW

With the U.S. ratcheting up Russian sanctions in response to Vladimir Putin's unrepentant assault on Ukraine, word comes that U.S. manufacturers Boeing and United Technologies are ...

Russia's Food Ban: High Risk, Low-Reward - Mark Adomanis, Moscow Times

The ban on food imports strikes me as an extremely high-risk and low-reward move, one that is likely to cause more harm to Russian consumers than to its putative targets. Rather th...

How Not to End the Ukraine Crisis - Jeffrey Tayler, The Atlantic

In May, Bob Corker, the ranking Republican on the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a bill of stunning recklessness that seems specifically designed to destroy wh...

Russia & U.S. Must Cooperate on Asteroids - Kathy Gilsinan, The Atlantic

Ultimately, as the UN sets up its asteroid monitoring and defense committees over the coming months, the U.S. and Russia may once again find themselves in a position of “reluctan...

Surviving the Summer of Global Chaos - James Jay Carafano, Nat'l Interest

If Obama really plans to come back from the beach with real long-term plans, he needs to address Iraq, as well as other foreign policy obstacles, in the context of relations with T...

Putin Has Stumbled in Ukraine - Fyodor Lukyanov, Moscow Times

Putin's departure from his usual realistic approach thrust Russia into a serious international crisis. The civil war in eastern Ukraine brought Moscow back from the global level to...

State Sovereignty, Up for Grabs - Christian Science Monitor

By encroaching on others' territories, China, Russia, and Islamic terrorist armies challenge the norms of state sovereignty. How should the world respond?...

Wanted: A Leader for the Free World - Douglas Murray, The Spectator

There was a time when having almost two hundred of your citizens blown out of the sky was a big deal for a western democracy. But when Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down ...

Putin Wants East Ukraine. Let Him Have It - David Francis, Fiscal Times

Putin would become even more isolated from the international community. His aggression would also likely lead European countries, which are spending less on defense, to reevaluate...

Barack Obama on the World - Thomas Friedman, New York Times

President Obama’s hair is definitely grayer these days, and no doubt trying to manage foreign policy in a world of increasing disorder accounts for at least half of those gray ha...

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