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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 ...

To Help Ukraine Win a War, Elect a GOP Congress - P.R. Gregory, Forbes

The growing gap between the administration and Congress on Ukraine has turned the mid term elections into a referendum on U.S. policy towards Ukraine and Putin’s aggression....

Putin Struggles to Unite Ex-Soviet States - Darya Korsunskaya, Reuters

Vulgar chants about Vladimir Putin before he arrived for a regional summit in Belarus did not augur well for the Russian president's hopes of bringing the leaders of former Soviet ...

Russia Won't Let Ukraine Have Peace - Kyiv Post

With each passing day, it becomes clearer that Russia has not stopped its war against Ukraine and has no intention of doing so. The estimates are that an average of 10 people per d...

The Fear of Greater Chaos - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

Uust because autocracy has failed does not mean that democracy can work. And just because the tumultuous, dramatic weakening of central control in big states has not happened yet d...

Most Recent Articles

Closing Europe's Strategic Gap - Ana Palacio, Project Syndicate

The ongoing crisis in Ukraine has been a hot topic of analysis for almost a year. But one question has largely escaped thorough examination: what Russia’s annexation of Crime...

Russia, West Face Common Threat - Karasik & Galustian, Moscow Times

Washington and Russia need to stop their dangerous games in bankrupted Ukraine because the Islamic State and its affiliates are a much larger threat, especially considering that th...

Donetsk Airport Up For Grabs - Charles Recknagel, Radio Free Europe

Pro-Russian separatists and Kyiv's forces are observing a cease-fire in many parts of eastern Ukraine. Yet, around Donetsk airport, there is not even the pretense of honoring the t...

Russia Doesn't Deserve an End to Sanctions - Washington Post

A month after a cease-fire was declared in eastern Ukraine, the fighting continues: 75 Ukrainian soldiers and civilians have died since Sept. 5, the government says. Russian-backed...

Hong Kong Protests Will Almost Certainly Fail - Paul Gregory, Forbes

Unlike Ukraine, the Hong Kong protests will almost certainly fail. Euromaidan was a rare exception of success carried out under more propitious circumstances. The questions for Hon...

Europe's Nightmare Could Still Come True - Dmitri Trenin, TNI

The Donetsk airport and the city of Donetsk itself have seen some heavy fighting, with many civilian casualties. The parties of war on both sides of the front line have not given...

How to Avoid a New Cold War - S. Charap & J. Shapiro, Brookings Institution

A serious response should be grounded in a broader strategy that reflects the stakes in this critical relationship for regional stability and global order, as well as an understand...

Putin's Game Plan to Victory - Paul Roderick Gregory, Forbes

In a rare moment of clarity, President Barack Obama declared that “Russia is responsible for the violence in east Ukraine. The violence is encouraged by Russia. The separatis...

East Germany Explains Putin's Fear of Protests - Mary Sarotte, Guardian

The events of 4-5 October 1989 may very well have helped to shape Putin’s operational code. His swift and aggressive responses both to the popular uprising in Kiev earlier th...

A Battle Plan for NATO's New Leader - Jan Techau, Carnegie Europe

At NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, a former Norwegian prime minister, will take over as the new secretary general on October 1. He enters the job at a time when many deem NATO's hard-power...

Putin the Only Choice for Russians - Maxim Trudolyubov, Gulf News

Watching Russia’s worrying trajectory under President Vladimir Putin, many foreign observers ask how a leader who is so apparently driving his country towards the abyss can r...

A City in Ukraine's East Rids Itself of Lenin - Michael Birnbaum, WaPo

Separatist rebels never seized government buildings in Kharkiv. But analysts saw it as among the most vulnerable cities in the east if the rebellion were to spread. Pro-Russian and...

The Dangers of Opposing Putin in Crimea - Ragozin & Seddon, BuzzFeed

Deported once under Stalin, Crimea’s Tatars face a similar fate under Vladimir Putin....

The Russian Mirror Has Broken - Jose Ignacio Torreblanca, ECFR

Over the last decade, democratic Europe constructed an image of Russia as a country undergoing a process of political, economic, and social modernisation that was so intense as to ...

Ukraine's Stillborn Parliament - Kyiv Post

At his Sept. 25 news conference, President Petro Poroshenko said: “I am hoping that the Verkhovna Rada will have a reformist majority.” Well, we do too. But the more we...

Ukraine Should not Join NATO - Bloomberg

Just one day after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko declared the worst of the war in the country's east to be over, the government in Kiev appears to be doing its level best to...

Obama Degrading, Diminishing U.S. Global Role - R. Tracci, Wash Times

While President Obama promised to fundamentally change America, few realized his policies would fundamentally weaken it. Yet, the administration’s defense priorities and inte...

Moldova Struggles to Escape Russian Gas - Victoria Puiu, EurasiaNet

While the cease-fire between Ukraine and pro-Russian and Russian fighters holds steady, another fight is poised to begin over Russian gas for Ukraine. And, this time, it’s a ...

U.S. Intel Chief Dismissed IS, Still Has Job - Andrew Peek, Fiscal Times

In an interview with The Washington Post’s David Ignatius on Wednesday, the Director of National Intelligence admitted that he had completely underestimated ISIS. He didn't antic...

Ukrainian Anger at West Is Growing - Gregory Feifer, Global Post

To people in this besieged country, the chain of events that led to their current crisis couldn’t be clearer....

Ukraine Is a Greater Threat Than ISIS - Paul Roderick Gregory, Forbes

It is rare for a head of state, especially one fighting a hot war against, using Mitt Romney’s phrase, “America’s number one geopolitical enemy,” to be invited to address ...

Russia's Frozen Conflicts Foster Corruption - K. Dawisha, Moscow Times

Eastern Ukraine is shaping up to be another frozen conflict, rather than be annexed like Crimea. And, as the experience of other Russian-sponsored statelets shows, it can expect a ...

Moscow's Depressing Anti-War Protest - Joshua Keating, Slate

It was abundantly and depressingly clear from talking to both sides of the crowd that there’s a divide not between political ideologies or geopolitical positions but between ...

Obama Is Showing Weakness on Ukraine - W.R. Mead, American Interest

On a visit to Washington, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko spoke before a joint session of Congress, asking the United States to stand with Ukraine against Russian aggression....

The Dark Side of Poroshenko's Ukraine - Anna Nemtsova, Daily Beast

Activists and opponents warn that Poroshenko’s embrace of ultra-rightists plays into the hands of Vladimir Putin....

Empty Words for Ukraine - Washington Post

Mr. Poroshenko appears resigned to a “frozen conflict” in eastern Ukraine. His hope is to prevent renewed Russian aggression; that’s why he wants U.S. aid....

The U.S. Must Choose Its Challenges - Melik Kaylan, Forbes

As Ukraine’s President Poroshenko visits the White House and the US Congress weighs up ISIL, the question arises: which is the higher priority, which the greater threat? Can ...

The Long Game in Eastern Europe - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

Two weeks ago commentators were hyperventilating about a return to the 1930s in Europe, following a Russian invasion-of-sorts into eastern Ukraine. Then President Barack Obama anno...

Ukraine: The End of EU's Foreign Policy Illusions - Jan Techau, Carnegie

No matter where you stand on the Ukraine crisis, one momentous shift in European geopolitics is indisputable: the European Union, for the first time in its history, has made itself...

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...

Eastern Ukraine Is not Scotland - Ivan Sukhov, Moscow Times

Russian Internet activists have assembled a collage showing Mel Gibson playing Scottish hero William Wallace in the film "Braveheart." Just over his shoulder the collage shows Igor...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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