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Ukraine's Lonely Existential Struggle - Judith Miller, City Journal

In Donetsk and other towns and villages in the war-torn east, some 450 miles from the capital, fighting continued between Ukrainian-government and Russian-backed rebel forces, desp...

Putin Just Got What He Wanted in Ukraine - Linda Kinstler, TNR

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...

The West Isn't Set for the Long Haul in Ukraine - Judy Dempsey, Carnegie

The European Union and NATO are involved in a competition with Russia that they could lose. That competition comprises three main strands, each of which reveals the West’s la...

Barack Obama's Failed Leadership - William Kristol, Weekly Standard

We have a president who thinks of himself as community-organizer-in-chief, who thinks leadership can be from behind. This is, to say the least, unfortunate. The prospect of two mor...

Europe's Messy Political Divorces - Pyotr Romanov, The Moscow Times

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 ...

Everybody Lost in Ukraine - Andrew Rettman, EU Observer

Whatever happens next, the question ‘who won the war in Ukraine’ is perhaps the wrong one to ask. It depicts the crisis in Putin’s own macho terms. The truth is t...

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A Brief Intermission in Ukraine - The Economist

THE war in eastern Ukraine has quietened, for now. Its disparate factions have as much reason to keep fighting as to put away their guns. But a ceasefire signed on Sept. 5 in Minsk...

In Ukraine, Ceasefire Resembles Surrender - Kyiv Post

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...

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...

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...

Making Putin Feel the Heat of Sanctions - Washington Post

  In carrying out his stealth invasion and lawless land grab in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has tried hard to divide the Western alliance and make it look impoten...

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...

NATO Makes America Less Secure - Doug Bandow, National Interest

Leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization met in Wales in the shadow of the Ukraine war. Alliance advocates hoped to use the conflict to revive NATO, but responded, as usua...

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...

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...

A Cease-Fire in Ukraine - New York Times

With pressures building on all sides, the adversaries in the war in Ukraine announced a cease-fire on Friday. Combat in the contested southeastern region that killed some 2,600 peo...

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 Confronts Failed Policy in Ukraine - Oren Dorell, USA Today

Going into their NATO summit in Wales on Thursday, Western leaders are focusing on a failed policy in Ukraine. And so far, they lack a plan to reverse Russia's aggressive moves to ...

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...

Vladimir Putin Won't Stop at Ukraine - The Economist

IN HIS undeclared, unprovoked, grisly war in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin enjoys several telling advantages. Unlike the bickering Western leaders who have failed to deter him, he is ans...

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...

U.S., Not Ukraine, Wins at NATO Summit - Linda Kinstler, New Republic

This week’s NATO summit in Wales has been billed as the most important meeting in the organization’s history, “a strategic inflection point,” an occasion for its rebirth, r...

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...

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...

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