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Failing to Get Ukraine - Kyiv Post

On Nov. 26, NATO Gen. Philip Breedlove said that he still sees a diplomatic solution possible with Putin, but he gave no basis for his opinion. There is none, in our view. Putin ne...

What More Could Europe Have Done for Ukraine? - Kadri Liik, ECFR

The EU is still struggling to make sense of what happened. The list of supposed mistakes is long. Allegedly, the EU tried to force Ukraine to choose between the East and the West, ...

Ukraine Corruption Threat Just as Dangerous - Josh Cohen, Moscow Times

While the war in Ukraine's east again threatens to explode into open conflict, Kiev is simultaneously fighting an even greater impediment to Ukraine's long-term stability: endemic ...

The Ukrainian Communications Standoff - Jan Techau, Carnegie Europe

In all political conflicts, when feverish crisis management turns into stalemate and the focus shifts from who acts quickest to who lasts longest, communications becomes of the ess...

Ukrainian Militias Hint at anti-Kiev Coup - Jamie Dettmer, Daily Beast

KIEV, Ukraine—The burly man with the close-cropped silver hair and his two companions ask not to be identified too closely when they talk to me in some dowdy offices near an ...

The Political Battles that Could Seal Kiev's Fate - Paul R. Gregory, Forbes

Ukraine’s fate may depend upon the battle within Germany’s ruling coalition over its policy towards Putin’s Russia. In the United States, the new Republican Senat...

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U.S. Foreign Policy After Obama - Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post

As Republicans are looking to formulate a post-Obama foreign policy, they would do well to avoid Obama’s fundamental errors. Like our Western allies, Republicans must go beyo...

Could Russia Assert Control Over Black Sea Region? - David Francis, FP

NATO's top commander warned on Wednesday that Russia's militarization of the Crimean peninsula could allow Moscow to take control of the entire region....

Would Putin Have Handled Ferguson Better? - L. Bershidsky, Bloomberg

The Russian state propaganda machine is full of schadenfreude about the Ferguson events. After all, it's a very post-Soviet kind of story: Cop kills underprivileged local, gets off...

From the Monroe Doctrine to the Sinatra Doctrine - Gideon Rachman, FT

Beijing and Moscow are pushing for a reordering of world affairs based on "spheres of influence."...

NATO Sharpens Its Cyber War Defenses - Ben Makuch, Motherboard

​These days—in the wake of persistent attacks from hostile actors—NATO is taking cyber war very seriously. It’s part of the reason why it’s beginning its ...

Putin Willing to Throw the Dice on Ukraine - M. van Creveld, Worldcrunch

As German military theorist Carl von Clausewitz once wrote, the aggressor is always peace-loving. He wants to take over our land, our people, our resources without firing a single ...

The Neo-Soviet Statelets in the Donbas - Jamie Dettmer, Daily Beast

Gone are the wild-eyed revolutionaries in Donetsk and Luhansk, replaced by steely-eyed bureaucrats and seasoned combat veterans....

Ukraine's Slow Collapse - New York Times

The Ukrainian economy is in terrible shape — the currency has lost almost half its value against the dollar in 2014, the industrial centers of Donetsk and Luhansk are in sepa...

Russia's Emerging anti-Color Revolution Doctrine - R. McDermott, EDM

As the top brass presenters during the Moscow Security Conference in May 2014 consistently stressed, “color revolution” may be perceived as a potential threat to the Ru...

Ukraine Needs Immediate Economic Help - Economist

The focus of the reform needs to shift from budget cuts to boosting investment. The notoriously messy energy sector is an obvious candidate....

Merkel Is Playing Long Ball with Putin - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

I would like Putin's regime to fall and be replaced with a liberal, pro-European government that would put Russia on a convergence path with the European Union. I don't condone...

Putin Doesn't Care What the West Thinks - A. Nekrassov, Al Jazeera

Putin is not going to lose any sleep over what he heard in Brisbane from his western counterparts concerning Ukraine....

There Is Little Reason for Putin to Back Down - Andy Langenkamp, RCW

Nobody expects Russian President Vladimir Putin's regime to relax its aggressive posture. However, could we be taken by surprise, just as Henry Kissinger was when the Soviet Union ...

America Should Be the World's Policeman - Bret Stephens, WSJ

Bush did too much and Obama too little—but a ‘broken-windows’ model of U.S. foreign policy can be just right....

Putin's Novorossiya Miscalculation - Paul Roderick Gregory, Forbes

Russia has suffered 15,000-20,000 dead and wounded on the Ukrainian field of battle, in addition to declining living standards, economic isolation and the expensive subsidization o...

Russia Is Hoarding Gold. But Why? - Rob Garver, Fiscal Times

Now, generally, advice to start hoarding gold comes from people who also predict imminent economic catastrophe. Or war. So, has Vladimir Putin has been watching too many Glen Beck ...

Why the West Can't Stop Putin in Ukraine - Jamie Dettmer, Daily Beast

The G-20 leaders meeting the Russian president in Brisbane this weekend should be used to his lies. But they still don’t know how to answer them....

Welcome to the Cool War - Bloomberg View

No less an authority than Mikhail Gorbachev is worried that, a quarter century after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Cold War will return. It is hard to disagree: With confirmatio...

Balancing the Forces of Order and Disorder - R. Haass, Foreign Affairs

The chief cauldron of contemporary disorder is the Middle East. For all the comparisons that have been made to World War I or the Cold War, what is taking place in the region today...

The West Has No Spine - Kyiv Post

The separatists destroying the infrastructure in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas have no lofty principles to uphold and don’t offer residents in Ukraine’s two most popul...

Russia's Coming Offensive in Ukraine - Adrian Karatnycky, Atl. Council

Russia has moved a massive wave of tanks, armored personnel carriers, and artillery into Ukraine’s Donbas region in recent days, accompanied by new uniformed troops with...

Thousands of Putin's Troops in Ukraine - Shane Harris, Daily Beast

Eyewitnesses have spotted hundreds of Russian-made vehicles and heavy munitions moving into eastern Ukraine. Thousands of Russian troops are on the border -- and thousands more may...

A Legacy of Fear Stunts the post-Soviet World - D. Brooks, New York Times

Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the biggest surprise is how badly most of the post-communist nations have done since. There was a general expectation back then...

Russia in Denial About Its Economic Slide - Rob Garver, Fiscal Times

Hobbled by international sanctions, low energy prices and a currency that has lost much of its value in the past year, the Russian economy will likely see virtually no economic gro...

Russification Rapidly Changes Crimea - Isabelle Mandraud, The Guardian

Eight months after annexation, the former Ukrainian peninsula is undergoing a massive social and bureaucratic overhaul....

How Close Is Russia to a Financial Crisis? - M. El-Erian, Bloomberg

As the central bank of Russia appears to be losing control of its currency market, the global financial media is warning about a possible financial crisis there. Some experts have...

The Disturbing Rise in NATO-Russia Brinkmanship - ELN

In recent months, international attention has focused on events in Ukraine: the Maidan revolution and the overthrow of President Victor Yanukovych; the Russian takeover and annexat...

How Ukraine Let a Powerful Military Decline - Dmitry Gorenburg, WOTR

At the time of its creation, the Ukrainian military was considered the fourth most powerful conventional military force in the world, behind only the United States, Russia, and Chi...

The Senate Should Step Up to Support Ukraine - Gordon Humphrey, WaPo

Since the White House has shown that it won’t take the lead in thwarting Russian President Vladimir Putin’s plan to permanently divide Ukraine , Congress should assert ...

Europe's Reunification, a Work in Progress - J. Dempsey, Carnegie Europe

Civil society does not need the European Commission’s long and turgidly written annual progress reports on reforms. It needs something far more tangible. It needs practical, on-t...

Maybe now the U.S. Will Help Ukraine - Paul Roderick Gregory, Forbes

Barack Obama can scarcely veto a bi-partisan pro-Ukraine bill. He can no longer refuse to supply weapons to Ukraine because of his “long-standing concern that arming Ukraine ...

Russia Has Lost $100 Billion - Matthew Zeitlin, BuzzFeed

The Russian ruble is worth 41% less, in dollar terms, than it was on January 1. U.S. and E.U. sanctions, plus a big drop in oil prices, are to blame....

Ukraine, the Shrinking Country - Economist

As pro-Russian rebels hold elections, the conflict in Ukraine looks increasingly like a frozen one....

Russian Nationalists Scare the Kremlin - Ivan Sukhov, Moscow Times

It was nationalist movements that split Ukraine, scaring those in the Putin administration who had been ready to flirt with Russian nationalist leaders. Many Russian nationalists v...

Welcome Back to Washington, Neocons - Eli Lake, Daily Beast

Call it the neoconservatives’ revenge. But even the dovish side of the GOP now acknowledges the election was a win for their party’s hawks....

Congress Must Lead in Rebuilding U.S. Military - David Adesnik, FPI

Now that Republicans have an opportunity to lead both chambers of Congress, where should they look to make their mark? Start with the defense budget, which currently faces $1 tril...

25 Years After the Wall Fell, Separatism Marches on - D. Edgar, Guardian

The rise of a racist far right across Europe is a clear and present danger to both halves of the continent....

A Putin Wall to Save Ukraine - Roger Boyes, The Times

Nothing quite beats a good paradox in politics. Just as the world hails the 25th anniversary of the collapse of the Berlin Wall, Vladimir Putin is getting ready for a new one. This...

Is Ukraine's Crisis the West's Fault? - Marc Champion, Bloomberg

Who is to blame for the crisis in Ukraine: Russia or the U.S. and Europe? A lively debate on the question resurfaced lately, but it has a vital flaw in that it fails to consider ...

Putin's Ill-Advised Military Play - Japan Times

The hallmark of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s campaign to reclaim parts of Russia’s lost empire in Central Europe has been the forceful denial of any Russian gover...

Eastern Ukraine's Pointless Election - Polly Mosendz, Atlantic

It is unclear if even Russia will recognize the results of the vote, which Kiev and most Western leaders have condemned....

The Ukrainian Region Acting Like a State - Max Seddon, BuzzFeed

Russia-backed rebels have organized elections for Sunday....

A Bad Gas Deal for Ukraine - Paul Roderick Gregory, Forbes

It turns out the month-long negotiations over Ukraine’s gas dispute with Russia were really about securing Europe’s Russian gas....

Putin Loosens the Spigot but Not the Reins - Bloomberg View

Russia's agreement to restart flows of natural gas to Ukraine, halted since June, comes as enormously good news. Failure to strike a deal would have left Ukrainians to freeze and d...

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