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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...

Ukraine, the Shrinking Country - Economist

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

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....

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 ...

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...

Most Recent Articles

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....

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...

Promise in Ukraine, For Now - Timothy Ash, Kyiv Post

Herein I try and piece together a summary of my latest views on Ukraine – it’s obviously a fast moving target so all this is something of a work in progress. Taking Ukr...

Russia's Horrible Historians - Simon Shuster, Time

Under their interpretation of history, the struggle that began with the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941 continues for Russia today, in a direct line through the generat...

The World Needs a True Counterweight to U.S. - S. Milne, The Guardian

Where is the end of history now? Across three continents, conflicts are multiplying. An arc of war, foreign intervention and state breakdown stretches from Afghanistan to north Afr...

Obama Has No Foreign Policy - Paul Ryan, National Interest

What we need is a comprehensive strategy to deal with this threat. That means support for moderate Muslims in the region and cooperation with moderate Muslim countries....

After Elections, What's Next for Ukraine? - Robert Orttung, MT

Will the Ukrainian parliamentary elections held last Sunday help the country reduce the pervasive corruption that blocks sustainable economic growth and makes U...

Slow-Motion Dismantling of Ukraine Continues - J. Keating, Slate

Pro-Western parties swept Ukraine’s parliamentary elections on Sunday, which isn’t a great surprise given that not that many people in the more pro-Russian ea...

7 Things to Know About the Ukrainian Crisis - Steven Pifer, American Interest

The political crisis that began last November when then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych declined to sign an association agreement with the European Union has triggered confli...

Meddling with Europe's Blood-Soaked Borders - G. Rachman, Guardian

If nations were again allowed to claim bits of their neighbours, it could convulse the continent....

The Rout of Ukraine's pro-Russia Parties - Simon Shuster, Time

With more than half the votes counted in the country's parliamentary ballot, an unprecedented national consensus has emerged in support of a lasting break with Moscow and a turn to...

Can Ukraine Succeed Where Before It Has Failed? - Bloomberg

Ukrainians have twice overthrown corrupt and despotic regimes since their country gained independence in 1991 -- first in the Orange Revolution of 2004, then last February, with th...

Ukraine Strengthens Shift Toward Europe - Bernd Johann, DW

Pro-European parties have a clear majority in the new Ukrainian parliament, but populists and members of the old guard are also on hand. Nonetheless, a new political moment has eme...

Russia Needs Time to Change - Pyotr Romanov, Moscow Times

I see no reason to blame my ancestors for their imperialist actions. Russians have no more to feel ashamed of in this regard than do the British, Germans, Spaniards and French. All...

Ukraine's Parliament Will Resist Putin - Paul Roderick Gregory, Forbes

The early parliamentary election was necessary to give Ukraine’s representative democracy a chance to reflect Ukraine’s new pro-Western orientation, as emphasized by Ge...

Kiev Is Now Pointed Directly West - Matt Schiavenza, Atlantic Monthly

Parliamentary elections showed impressive support for pro-European parties. But the impasse in Donetsk and Luhansk is no closer to resolution....

Can Ukraine's Political Class Grow Up? - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

A revolution, a military defeat and an economic collapse: There is no better cure for a nation's political immaturity. The results of yesterday's parliamentary election indicate th...

Obama's Team of Bumblers - Michael Hirsh, Politico

Are Susan Rice and Chuck Hagel equal to today’s new national-security challenges?...

Many Ukrainian Soldiers Can't Vote - Oksana Grytsenko, Kyiv Post

Placing war heroes on the party lists has become a popular move with the political blocs and parties running for the seats in parliament, however most of the soldiers fighting agai...

Wake Up, Europe, There Is a War Afoot - George Soros, NY Review of Books

Europe is facing a challenge from Russia to its very existence. Neither the European leaders nor their citizens are fully aware of this challenge or know how best to deal with it....

Russian Leaders Pipe Down as Economy Falters - Rob Garver, Fiscal Times

Growth in Russia has come to a virtual standstill, as foreign investors pull money out of the country and those who have been considering new investments reconsider. Global oil pri...

How Russia and China Will Fracture - Walter Clemens, The Diplomat

Complexity science helps us understand which of two paths will unfold for China and Russia....

Ukraine and Russia's Natural Gas Scramble - Nick Cunningham, Oil Price

Following the overthrow of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich in February, Russia altered the terms by which it sells natural gas to Ukraine. Along with Yanukovich, favorable pr...

Ukrainian Voters Can Change Europe's Fate - Carl Bildt, Project Syndicate

To put it simply: the future of Ukraine will decide the future of Russia, and the future of Russia will have a substantial impact on the future of Europe....

6,000-Year-Old Temple in Ukraine Found - Owen Jarus, Live Science

A 6,000-year-old temple holding humanlike figurines and sacrificed animal remains has been discovered within a massive prehistoric settlement in Ukraine....

Central Europe at a Crossroads - Antonia Colibasanu, RealClearWorld

The Carpathian Mountains are a transitional zone where the ideas of West and East interlace. Cultural notions and material goods move through customs points in the mountains, while...

Putin and the Pope - Thomas Friedman, New York Times

One is everything you’d want in a leader, the other everything you wouldn’t want....

Analyzing Ukraine's Election - Andrew Wilson, ECFR

In a country like Ukraine, there is another problem with territorial constituencies. They give a big advantage to those who have the spending power to buy the vote – in other...

Ukrainian Separatists' Torture Chambers - Reid Standish, Foreign Policy

When Sergey Zakharov first put up art installations and graffiti satirizing pro-Russian fighters in his native Donetsk he expected a backlash, but he didn't expect to spend the nex...

The West's Big Talk Won't Help Ukraine - Mark Adomanis, Moscow Times

The West's rhetorical support for Ukraine's territorial integrity has been exceptional. Barely a day goes by without a stirring news release from Washington, London or Berlin that ...

The Myth of Russian Humiliation - Anne Applebaum, Washington Post

For the record: No treaties prohibiting NATO expansion were ever signed with Russia. No promises were broken. Nor did the impetus for NATO expansion come from a “triumphalist” ...

5 Places Where WW3 Could Break Out - James Hardy, National Interest

It seems these days the world is literally on fire. Conflict continues on and off in Ukraine, there are tensions throughout the Asia-Pacific, Ebola is on the rampage, ISIS continue...

Suspected Russian Cyber Spies Targeted NATO - R. Lemos, Ars Technica

A group of cyber spies targeted the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Ukrainian and Polish government agencies, and a variety of sensitive European industries over the las...

Russia's View of the Ukraine Crisis - Paul Saunders, National Interest

Though Ukraine’s not-quite cease-fire is far preferable to the summer’s heavier fighting, it is far from clear that it will lead to a sustainable settlement between Kie...

Russia Stifling Ukrainian Economy - Steven Mufson, Washington Post

With its war-torn economy threatened by further Russian disruptions, Ukraine is in desperate need of a new international financial aid package, economists say, but none appears imm...

Eastern Europe Is Siding with Putin - Jackson Diehl, Washington Post

To grasp how Vladi­mir Putin is progressing in his campaign to overturn the post-Cold War order in Europe, it’s worth looking beyond eastern Ukraine, where the Kremlin is...

Russia and China's anti-U.S. Axis - Daniel McGroarty, RealClearWorld

Beyond the arc of the ebola epidemic, and outside the parameters of the fight against the Islamic State, a far more fundamental change to the world order is taking place. It's the ...

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