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Obama's Foreign Policy Muddle - Fred Kaplan, Slate

In such a strong, forthright speech as President Obama’s next-to-last State of the Union address Tuesday night, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the foreign policy secti...

Neither Russia Nor the US Can Win in Ukraine - Vasily Kashin, Moscow Times

A little more than 100 years ago, the assassinations carried out by a Serbian terrorist and the subsequent Austrian ultimatum to Serbia led to the start of World War I. However, th...

Ukraine Must Learn to Stand on Its Own - Charap & Mylovanov, TNI

If Kyiv assumes that Western leaders consider Ukraine too strategically important to let fail, then they will likely be in for an unpleasant surprise. It must clearly make its pres...

Russia Alienates Its Would-Be Friends - Yulia Zhuchkova, Moscow Times

Russian politicians constantly claim that the former Soviet republics are a foreign policy priority. Moscow devotes considerable attention and spends huge sums of money maintaining...

The Deadly Legend of Donetsk Airport - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

Donetsk Airport has become a dystopian ruin, with its runways so cratered, only a helicopter could land. Yet both sides in the fight over it keep claiming to control it. Ukrain...

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What Is Ukraine Worth? The West Must Decide - Economist

Without a lot more Western help, Ukraine faces default....

If Only the U.S. Had such Power - Richard Morningstar, Atlantic Council

More and more conspiracy theorists believe that the United States has so much power that it can wield its insidious hand to dictate everything from world oil prices to fomenting un...

How to Handle Russia's Belligerence - Pavel Podvig, BAS

The logic behind Russia’s actions seems to have escaped everyone outside of the Kremlin walls, but their effect was nonetheless quite real: nuclear weapons are back in the co...

Russia Isn't an Agressor, It's Afraid - Richard Sakwa, The IB Taurus Blog

The unfolding crisis in Ukraine has brought the world to the brink of a new Cold War. As Russia and Ukraine tussle for Crimea and the eastern regions, relations between Putin and t...

Does Europe's Far Right Really Love Russia? - Jason Karaian, Quartz

Diplomatic talks between the European Union and Russia are at an impasse. The supposed ceasefire between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists in the east of the ...

The Perfect Stage for a Neo-Soviet Dream - Samuel Bendett, RCWorld

In November, Russian daily Gazeta.ru published an opinion piece by geopolitical commentator Vadim Dubnov, titled Novorossiya from Luhansk to Tiraspol. In it, the author seeks to ex...

Ukraine Is Run by Warlords and Sexpots - Mikhail Klikushin, NY Observer

On the surface, today’s Ukraine is much more favorably disposed toward everything Western and everything American because of the exciting wind of transformations that swept throu...

Crises Could Make Europe Stronger - N. Nougayrede, Guardian

The mourning is not over, and the utter awe will be widely felt for a long time. It will take time to come to grips with the magnitude of the Paris events: how such terrorist attac...

A New Policy to Rescue Ukraine - George Soros, New York Review of Books

The sanctions imposed on Russia by the US and Europe for its interventions in Ukraine have worked much faster and inflicted much more damage on the Russian economy than anybody cou...

The Great Heist of Crimean Assets - Neil MacFarquhar, New York Times

YALTA, Crimea — In the scramble for Crimea’s spoils, armed forces have raided myriad enterprises across the peninsula, expelling the owners and claiming the property for the Cr...

Huzzah to Obama's Ukraine Policy - David Kearn, Huffington Post

While 2014 will certainly not be remembered as a particularly great year for U.S. foreign policy or American domestic politics, one important challenge where the Obama administrati...

Putin's Washington - Luke O'Brien, Politico

Inside the bar near Union Station, the two men propped their elbows on a table and locked hands. They’d paired off, American versus Russian, congressman from California versu...

Is Putin Turning to Terrorism? - Anna Nemtsova, The Daily Beast

On Sunday night a powerful explosion shook the heart of Ukraine’s most elegant city. The bomb went off right on the porch of the local Euro-Maidan Coordination Council...

The Year of Tenuous Ties - Patrick Smith, Fiscal Times

World leaders find themselves amid a complex series of fragile international relationships. Some of these are troublesome, some potentially costly for Americans, others run to dang...

A New and Disorderly Cold War - Mikhail Gorbachev, Project Syndicate

MOSCOW – As 2014 comes to a close, it is clear that the European and international political structures that have been in place since 1989 have failed the test of time. Indee...

How Russia Can Bounce Back this Year - Nikolas Gvosdev, National Interest

Russia closed out 2014 hurt by sanctions and its economic crisis. 2015 offers hope if Moscow can limit the damage in its Western vectors, push ahead with its Eurasian dream and str...

Humanitarian Disaster Looming in Eastern Ukraine - Lev Golinkin, LA Times

In mid-December, President Obama signed into law the Ukraine Freedom Support Act, which, among options for more sanctions against Russia, calls on the White House to provide Kiev w...

10 Wars to Watch in 2015 - Jean-Marie Guehenno, Foreign Policy

The last year was a bad one for international peace and security. Sure, there were bright spots in 2014. Colombia’s peace process looks hopeful. The last round of Iran’...

Turkey Helping Russia Instead of NATO - Michael Rubin, Commentary

Long before the Russian invasion of Ukraine and its annexation of Crimea, there was Russia’s invasion of Georgia. And, just as it was years later in Ukraine, part of the Russian ...

Gazprom's Europe Monopoly Falters - Paul Roderick Gregory, Forbes

The decline in Gazprom’s deliveries and revenues cut deeply into Russia’s export earnings. For the year 2013, Russia earned $73 billion from natural gas exports. If the...

The West's Grave Strategic Error - Charles Doran & Jakub Grygiel, TNI

Sanctions may push Russia to challenge the current status-quo....

Systemic Global Problems Will Intensify in 2015 - T. Karon, The National

Those in Washington nostalgic for the heady days of empire will proclaim 2014 as the year the Cold War resumed: Russia annexed Crimea and backed a secessionist movement in eastern ...

A Prisoner Exchange in Ukraine - Allen McDuffee, Atlantic

The events come as Russia faces a financial crisis from a combination of governmental mismanagement, dropping oil prices, and economic sanctions that have caused considerable panic...

Does NATO Want Ukraine? - Chicago Tribune

Talk about poking the bear with a sharp stick. Ukraine's parliament overwhelmingly voted Tuesday to rile Russian President Vladimir Putin by moving to join NATO. If that happens, a...

The European Tortoise Beats the Russian Bear - T. Ash, The Guardian

In dealing with Putin, the German chancellor has united Europe. She is the stateswoman of the year....

Central Europe Reaches a Crossroads - Antonia Colibasanu, RealClearWorld

This question is one of degree: In the greater fight against revanchist Russia, how much support do the countries of Central and Eastern Europe have? And what do these states need ...

Nary a pro-Russian Left in East Ukraine - Joel Weickgenant, RCW

Ukraine's East-West divide has been bridged in at least one respect: From the Black Sea to the steppes, Ukrainians of every stripe have turned their back on Russia....

The Coming Humanitarian Disaster in Eastern Ukraine - Kyiv Post

It’s not easy getting to Luhansk nowadays. One must either cross an active frontline and risk getting shot at, if coming from the north, or take an eight-hour detour from the...

Russia, Ukraine, and the Battle for the German Soul - P. Gregory, Forbes

Two open letters to the public capture the intense battle for Germany’s dominant narrative of Russia’s War on Ukraine....

Russians Plot Government in Exile - Anna Nemtsova, The Daily Beast

Here in Kiev, where she finally escaped to exile, Kurnosova is now working to bring together the best minds of the Russian exile communities throughout the former Soviet empire. ...

Ukraine Races Headlong Toward Capitalism - Patrick Smith, Fiscal Times

Ukraine watchers, to say nothing of Ukrainians, had better fasten their seatbelts. The passage of a former Soviet republic to free-market capitalism is about to begin....

Optimism in Ukraine After Latest Truce - Nick Shchetko, WSJ

President Petro Poroshenko said Friday that no Ukrainian soldiers had been killed or wounded overnight in the east for the first time since Kiev’s conflict with pro-Russia se...

Appeasing Russia Is not the Way to Peace - Paul Roderick Gregory, Forbes

Two Washington policy wonks propose an appeasement policy that would doom Ukraine and give Putin a huge victory over the West, while offering no tangible benefits. Their “win...

Putin Erases the Tatar Claim to History - Samuel Bendett, RealClearWorld

In a recent address to the nation, Russian President Vladimir Putin tried to tie his foreign and defense policies to one of the turning points in Russian history: the conversion to...

Ukraine Needs Peace, Cash and Reform - Kyiv Post

The absurdity of Russia’s war against Ukraine reached a new level when Ukrainian government officials complained that the “terrorists” with whom they refuse to ne...

Time to End the EU-NATO Standoff - Judy Dempsey, Carnegie Europe

Even though the EU and NATO together understand the enormity of the Ukraine crisis and its implications for both organizations, Cyprus and Turkey are undermining EU-NATO cooperatio...

How War Can Come to Europe - Stephen Szabo, German Marshall Fund

A weaker economy and the threat of Islamic State may limit some tools available to Russia, but are unlikely to alter Moscow’s overall view and strategy in Syria....

How Everyone Can Win in Ukraine - O'Hanlon & Shapiro, Brookings

Recent reports of more troop and equipment movements into the separatist-held regions of Ukraine suggest that Russia is once again seeking to stir up trouble. The natural Western r...

Driving Ukrainians into Putin's Arms - Lev Golinkin, New York Times

Moscow’s denials of involvement in eastern Ukraine are, of course, absurd: It is clear that the separatists in Donetsk and Luhansk are equipped, reinforced and trained by Rus...

Ukraine's Revolution, One Year On - Owen Matthews, Newsweek

This revolution is a victory of the old over the young, of the stupid over the clever. It is a victory of the past over the future. It is history repeating as tragedy and farce at ...

The West Needs a Policy Pivot on Russia - Matthew Sussex, The Interpreter

If the US and EU lose Russia, they risk driving it completely towards China and thereby recreating bipolarism in a messy globalised environment....

Rays of Hope in Ukraine - Kyiv Post

Ukraine provides little reason for optimism at the moment, but the appointment of three expatriates to key ministerial jobs this week gave us a little break from the winter wartime...

Ukraine's Militias Cheer on Chechen Jihadists - Sarah Kaufman, Vocativ

Islamic insurgents launched a brutal offensive last week against Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, infiltrating and burning down a publishing house and school. A bloody shootout wit...

A New, Unified Ukraine - Petro Poroshenko, WSJ

For the first time since Ukraine’s independence in 1991, the nation has the opportunity to evolve into a true European democracy, thanks to the recent election of a pro-Europ...

Aesop's Russian Fable - James Young, RealClearWorld

Russia's designs on Ukraine are moving from power play to morality play. However, the lesson of the play long ago became one of destruction. Worse still, it threatens to spread tha...

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