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Putin's Implausible Deniability - The Guardian

Lies and deception have characterised Russia’s intervention in Ukraine but the new incursions are less deniable....

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Ukraine Should Fight Like the Taliban - Andrew Peek, Fiscal Times

At the most fundamental level, NATO must help Russia’s neighbors adapt to the fact that they are militarily weak and dwarfed by Russia’s might. Thus they need to be abl...

Vladimir Putin's Rusty Iron Curtain - Toronto Star

Vladimir Putin is isolating Russia by bullying Ukraine and dragging his country into a ruinous, long-term confrontation with far superior military and economic powers....

Europe on the Brink of the Unthinkable - Kelly McParland, National Post

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is proving far more reckless than previously imagined in his determination to have his way in Ukraine, exhibiting a level of cynicism and co...

Let Russia Have Eastern Ukraine - Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, The Week

The West should come to an agreement with Russia whereby Ukraine will be split in two, with the Russian-speaking areas annexed to Russia (as they should always have been). So that ...

Erase the Line Between Old and New NATO - Michal Baranowski, GMF

It is time to call a spade a spade. By annexing Crimea, supplying separatists with weapons and personnel, and now directly intervening in Ukraine, Russia has broken the rules-based...

Mr. Putin Tests the West in Ukraine - New York Times

The evidence has been mounting for some time, but there is no longer any doubt: Russian troops are in Ukraine, not as volunteers, as the rebel commander in Donetsk would have the w...

Is the U.S. Enabling Putin's Invasion? - Christopher Dickey, The Daily Beast

When is an invasion not an invasion? When the Russian president says so and the West just accepts him at his word....

Putin's Failures in Ukraine - National Review

There was a small clue that indicated something unusual was happening in the Kremlin to which too few observers paid attention. Ten days ago Russian president Vladimir Putin gave a...

The World Will Watch This NATO Summit - Jan Techau, Carnegie Europe

What a difference half a year makes. In early 2014, NATO was preparing for a not-too-exciting summit in Wales on September 4-5, dutifully filling the agenda with issues such as thi...

Should We Prepare for War with Russia? - Anne Applebaum, Slate

Over and over again—throughout the entirety of my adult life, or so it feels—I have been shown Polish photographs from the beautiful summer of 1939: The children playing in t...

Arm Ukraine - Marc Champion, Bloomberg View

Should the North Atlantic Treaty Organization start arming Ukraine? That's an inevitable question following the entry of regular Russian troops, tanks and artillery into the figh...

Check Your Machine, the 80s Are Calling - Tom Rogan, Nat'l Review

The world isn’t static, and newly evolving threats loom.. Yet sometimes those threats seem to be calling from the past, too, and they demand solutions....

Sanctions Are West's Biggest Mistake - Angus Roxburgh, Guardian

Western leaders divide along a spectrum from all-out confrontation (marked by total distrust of Putin) to cautious engagement. Those who see Putin as the only cause of the proble...

Can Germany Save Ukraine? - Dmitri Trenin, The National Interest

Putin and Poroshenko's recent meeting in Minsk opened the door for dialogue. Can Merkel keep it open?...

Putin's Cherished Deniability Is Shattered - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

For Russian President Vladimir Putin, the ability to deny Russia's involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine has always been of utmost importance. The Kremlin has stressed tha...

What Does Putin Want? Nobody Knows - Alexander Motyl, World Affairs

So now the number of dead Ukrainian soldiers is 722. The number of wounded is 2,625. The Ukrainian army keeps on making slow but steady advances; the pro-Russian terrorists appear ...

Endgame for Putin in Ukraine? - Robert Skidelsky, Project Syndicate

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...

Putin's Game in Ukraine - Globe and Mail

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...

Putin's Gone Too Far to Back Down Now - Charles Crawford, Daily Telegraph

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...

What Ukrainians Really Want - Timothy Frye, Washington Post

Most interesting, among all respondents candidate policy orientation toward Russia or Europe is a powerful mover of vote choice, even more so than candidate language or ethnicity. ...

How NATO Could Confront the Putin Doctrine - D. Francis, Foreign Policy

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 ...

Putin Is Key to Avoiding a New Cold War - David Owen, The Guardian

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

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...

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...

NATO's Second-Class Members - Slawomir Sierakowski, New York Times

During her recent visit to Latvia, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany assured the Baltic states of German and NATO solidarity with them in the face of a potential armed conflict b...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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....

Avoiding a Drift to War in Ukraine - Irish Times

As United States and European Union sanctions on Russia deepen and as the siege of Donetsk by Ukrainian forces continues, possibly provoking formal Russian military intervention, i...

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 (...

Team Obama Is in Over Its Head - George Will, New York Post

This far into the human story, only the historically uninstructed are startled by what they think are new permutations of evil. So, when Russia sliced Crimea off Ukraine, Secretary...

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...

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...

Ordinary Ukrainians Become Unlikely Warriors - Peter Leonard, AP

Denis Lavrienko is a 36-year-old TV director who devotes his free time to his wife and young daughter. Vladislav Matelsky is a 28-year-old part-time truck driver who lives with his...

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...

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