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Putin's Insidious Tactics in Ukraine - Financial Times

The West must respond to the Kremlin's aggression....

The Cost of Putin's Adventurism - David Ignatius, Washington Post

Obama's strategy is to make Putin pay for his adventurism, long term. Unless the Russian leader moves quickly to de-escalate the crisis, the U.S. will push for measures that could ...

The Geopolitics of the Black Sea - James Holmes, The Diplomat

Roughly speaking, there are two paradigms, the American and the Chinese. In the age of the Monroe Doctrine, the United States saw itself as the rightful warden of American seas. It...

Playing Putin's Game - Walter Russell Mead, The American Interest

It’s time to start thinking strategically about how to deal with Vladimir Putin in a post-Crimea world....

Why Kiev Is Losing Eastern Ukraine - Olga Radchenko, Globe and Mail

The attempt by Ukraine’s parliament in the first days after the fall of the Viktor Yanukovych government to repeal the power of regional governments to set Russian as an offi...

Putting Chechen Lessons to Good Use in Ukraine - Kelly McParland, NP

The stand Mr. Putin now finds himself taking over the escalating crisis in Ukraine puts Moscow in the position it sought to annihilate in Chechnya. Pro-Russian militants in the ea...

Is Washington Giving Putin the Green Light? - David Frum, CNN

President Obama was very wrong in his speech in Brussels on March 26 to suggest that the United States had no national interest in Ukraine. What's at stake in Ukraine is the peace ...

What Does Vladimir Putin Want? - David Blair, Daily Telegraph

Subversion from within -- not attack from without -- has emerged as the Russian president’s favoured technique for controlling events in Ukraine....

The West Needs to Push Back on Ukraine - Chicago Tribune

In its responses to Vladimir Putin's flagrant aggression against Ukraine, the Obama administration has been playing catch-up — and without much sense of urgency or resolve. S...

Has the West Enabled the World's Rogues? - Colin Robertson, Globe & Mail

It's a testing moment for the international order. How will we respond to Russian actions that Prime Minister Harper describes as "aggressive, militaristic and imperialistic"? Is ...

Putin Isn't President of Sim City - Tom Nichols, The Federalist

Are you deeply interested in what’s going on in the current crisis between Russia and Ukraine right now, but don’t know much about either Russia or Ukraine? Do you want to get ...

Talking While Ukraine Teeters - Claudia Rosett, PJ Media

A State Department media note warned that the methods of the armed takeovers of government buildings in half a dozen cities in eastern Ukraine, apparently planned in advance, ...

Not Even War Can Unite the EU - Charlotte McDonald-Gibson, Time

When it comes to assigning blame for the volatile situation in eastern Ukraine, European politicians are united: it is all Russia’s fault. That’s about where the unity ends, ...

Russia's Gun-Toting Tourists - Oleg Shynkarenko, The Daily Beast

The biggest threat to Ukraine at this moment is not coming so much from Russian tanks as from Russian “tourists,” some of whom, of course, are not tourists at all....

The Bear in the Woods - William Saletan, Slate

A month after seizing and annexing Crimea—and with thousands of troops still massed on its border with Ukraine—Russia says it’s being unfairly portrayed as a menace....

Kazakhstan Fears Ukraine's Fate - Ryskeldi Satke, The Diplomat

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea have alarmed the ranks of the marginalized opposition of Kazakhstan, along with local experts who see Moscow’s integrati...

Waking Up to the Russian Threat - Sohrab Ahmari, Wall Street Journal

Until recently, members of the Russian delegation to NATO were free to roam at will about the Western alliance's headquarters here on the outskirts of the Belgian capital. The R...

Go Ahead, Vladimir, Make My Day - Thomas Friedman, New York Times

SO the latest news is that President Vladimir Putin of Russia has threatened to turn off gas supplies to Ukraine if Kiev doesn’t pay its overdue bill, and, by the way, Ukraine’...

Putin's Power Play - Daily Telegraph

What is Vladimir Putin’s game? The recent unrest in eastern Ukraine has been presented by the Kremlin as an autonomous phenomenon, an upsurge of patriotic feeling among embattled...

Kiev Government to Deploy Troops in Ukraine's East - Peter Leonard, AP

Turning to force to try to restore its authority in the vital industrial east, Ukraine's government announced Sunday it was sending in troops to try to quash an increasingly brazen...

Press Control and Propaganda in Putin's Russia - Maxine David, The Convo

Even as speculation continues about whether Russia’s recent foreign policy behaviour will result in a return to conflict in Europe, a war of words is already ongoing in Russi...

Imagining an Invasion on Putin's Doorstep - Christian Caryl, Foreign Policy

The challenge to the post-revolutionary administration in Kiev was clear: A failure to respond firmly to the militias would undermine the authority of the government, but confronti...

Putin's Ready for War, Are We? - Lilia Shevtsova, The American Interest

When it comes to explaining Russia’s Ukrainian adventurism, the West has attempted to hide behind a wall of myths and hope its problems will just go away....

Merkel's Mettle Could Soften Putin - Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, FT

Life in the subjugated east has given her invaluable insights....

Europe's Far Right, Russia's Stealth Ally - Charles Hawley, Der Spiegel

Right-wing populists stand to gain seats in the approaching European Parliament elections -- which is good news for Moscow. Russia and the European right have been courting each ot...

Europe's Comeback - Washington Post

The powers that be within the European Union — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Mr. Draghi — would be wise to grant Mr. Valls and Mr. Renzi the fiscal wiggle room they need....

Xenophobic Chill Descends on Moscow - David Herszenhorn, New York Times

From the moment that Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea cast a new, bitter chill over relations with the West, a sinister jingoistic vibe has pervaded this unsettled capi...

Putin Can Take Ukraine Without an Invasion - Jamie Dettmer, Daily Beast

Andrei Illarionov, a Putin advisor turned critic, has been predicting the twists of the Ukraine crisis. Now he says Putin will be able to achieve his goals without firing a shot....

6 Russian Myths About Crimea - Michael Bohm, Moscow Times

The U.S. annexed Hawaii and Texas, so why can't Russia annex Crimea? Russia is living in the 19th century, pursuing its own manifest destiny....

A West Bank Solution for Crimea - David Warszawski, Gazeta Wyborcza

It did not end with Crimea, but then again, nobody thought it would. In the face of further Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine, the European Union and the United States should ...

Putin, a 19th Century Bully - Paul Roderick Gregory, Defining Ideas

The U.S. response to Vladimir Putin's illegal annexation of Crimea and his amassing of troops on the border with Eastern Ukraine has been tepid, at best. Although the Obama-Kerry s...

Russia: Arsonist Posing as a Safety Inspector - Michael Weiss, Foreign Policy

Whatever does happen in Ukraine, nobody is pretending that any of what's going on is a grassroots or spontaneous expression of civic discontent. Acting Ukrainian President Oleksand...

Did Putin Kill a Polish President? - Will Cathcart, The Daily Beast

A plane crash at Smolensk in Russia four years ago wiped out the Warsaw leadership. It used to be seen as an accident. Now, after Putin’s games in Ukraine, people aren’...

NATO's Eastern Ukraine Propaganda War - Mary Dejevsky, The Guardian

To project strength, Nato requires a convincing enemy and a retreating Russia does not do the job....

Time for Germans to Stop Romanticizing Russia - Christian Neef, Spiegel

The view Germans have of Russia is skewed by romanticism and historical baggage. Without taking a sober look at Moscow, we will never find an adequate strategy for dealing with Vla...

Obama Splits with NATO on Ukraine - Eli Lake, The Daily Beast

The commander of NATO is insisting that the West do more to protect Ukraine from a possible Russian invasion. But the Obama administration has other plans....

How 'Fascist' Is Ukraine's Svoboda Party? - James Kirchick, The Spectator

A populist party that locates its support in the western (predominantly Ukrainian-speaking) part of Ukraine, Svoboda traces its roots to a variety of extreme right movements and mi...

Global Norms Vs. National Interests - Fareed Zakaria, Washington Post

Russia’s aggression in Ukraine has unified Western democracies, at least in their robust condemnation of the action. But farther afield, one sees a variety of responses that f...

Don't Blame NATO for Russian Aggression - Marc Champion, Bloomberg

Kennan certainly looks prescient now, and the idea that NATO is reaping the fruits of needless post-Cold War expansionism is held by other very smart people, too (Kennan, sadly, di...

Behind Putin's Ukraine 'Unrest' Game - Mark Nuckols, New York Post

What is Vladimir Putin up to in fomenting phony “unrest” in eastern Ukraine? Don’t doubt for a minute that it is phony. None of the “uprisings” in Donetsk, Lugansk and K...

The Civilianization of War - Robert Haddick, The National Interest

On April 8, Ukrainian Interior Ministry troops recaptured a government administration building in the eastern city of Kharkiv from pro-Russian demonstrators. Over the previous we...

UN Hints Russia Rigged Crimea Vote - Colum Lynch, Foreign Policy

Last month, a staggering 96.77 percent* of Crimea's voters reportedly chose to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, sending what Moscow described as an unequivocal signal that the...

Why Putin Is Dictating Terms to Kerry - Simon Tisdall, CNN

Now Kerry faces his biggest challenge -- persuading, or forcing, another bad guy (namely Putin) to back off in Ukraine at a time when the Russian leader seems ever more convince...

Support Ukraine, Wherever It Is on the Map - Charles Lane, Wash Post

My point is that Russia’s assault on Ukraine poses a stark issue of cross-border aggression and territorial seizure. And wherever it occurs, in Crimea today or Kuwait 20-plus yea...

Hawks Can't Find Ukraine on a Map - Dropp, Kertzer & Zeitzoff, Monkey Cage

On March 28-31, 2014, we asked a national sample of 2,066 Americans (fielded via Survey Sampling International Inc. (SSI), what action they wanted the U.S. to take in Ukraine, but ...

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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
  • Largest City: Moscow

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GENEVA (AP) — A senior U.S. official says high-stakes diplomatic meetings in Geneva on Thursday to...

U.S. does not expect breakthrough a

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington does not anticipate a breakthrough with Russia over the Ukraine cr...

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U.S. says OK for Ukraine to restore

The White House on Wednesday said it was appropriate for the Ukraine government to take action to re...

US, Russia trade accusations ahead

Slavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - Russia and the US traded barbs Wednesday ahead of high-level talks on th...

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