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The Rise of Putinism - Fareed Zakaria, Washington Post

When the Cold War ended, Hungary occupied a special place in the story of the revolutions of 1989. It was the first country in the Soviet orbit to abandon communism and embrace lib...

Is NATO Ready for Russia? - Charles Crawford, Daily Telegraph

After the Cold War ended nearly 25 years ago, Nato governments not unreasonably concluded that the military and ideological threats posed to western Europe from the former Soviet U...

2014's Wars Go Back a Century - Timothy Garton Ash, Globe and Mail

There is war in Europe. No, I’m not using the historic present tense to evoke August, 1914. I’m talking about August, 2014. What is happening in eastern Ukraine is war – “a...

Clashes with Russia Point to Globalization's End - Mark Leonard, Reuters

Economic interdependence was supposed to defuse geopolitical tensions over time – or at least allow the two to be compartmentalized. But today the West is using Russia’...

The Danger of Backing Putin into a Corner - Anna Nemtsova, Daily Beast

As the Kremlin gets more nervous about American and European pressure it could also get more dangerous. When Putin gets defensive, he takes the offense....

Most Recent Articles

West Must Beware a Wounded Putin - Washington Post

The Obama administration and European governments deserve credit for agreeing on joint action against Russia after months of haggling and hesi­ta­tion. But Mr. Putin is mostly re...

The Kremlin Floats an Exit Strategy - Brian Whitmore, Radio Free Europe

There are other signals that a change in the Kremlin line may be coming. In an interview with CNN on July 22, Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin suggested reports that the rebel...

Sanctioning Putin a Sign of Impotence - Mark Almond, Daily Telegraph

It is 95 years since Woodrow Wilson offered the world sanctions as an alternative to war. Then the US president insisted: “A nation boycotted is a nation in sight of surrender....

Putin Has Unleashed Forces He Can't Control - Lucian Kim, Slate

The latest round of economic sanctions against Russia is an act of desperation by Western leaders, baffled by Vladimir Putin’s intransigence over the conflict in Ukraine. Ple...

Don't Praise Journalists Who Lied for Moscow - Masha Gessen, Wash Post

When a journalist admits that he has been lying to the public for years, this usually results in a flurry of media coverage castigating the guilty party, along with a dose of self-...

West Sanctions Moscow, with Caveats - Trindle & Johnson, Foreign Policy

The United States and the European Union unveiled new sets of economic sanctions against Russia and threatened to ratchet them up even further if Russian strongman Vladimir Putin c...

What Is at Stake in Ukraine - Andranik Migranyan, The National Interest

Since the outset of the Ukraine crisis, the estimates on who is winning and losing this battle have changed a number of times both in the West and in Russia. After Yanukovich fled ...

Obama Plays Golf While the World Burns - Max Boot, Los Angeles Times

Nero fiddled while Rome burned. On Saturday, President Obama played golf while his foreign policy, and that of the nation he leads, was going up in smoke. Literally....

World Wilts Before Putin's Iron Fist - Peter Hartcher, Sydney Morning H'ld

World outrage at the attack on MH17 has done nothing to check Vladimir Putin’s drive to control Ukraine by force of arms. Quite the contrary. He’s accelerating Russia’s undec...

With Ukraine, Putin Is Courting the Home Crowd - Leon Aron, LA Times

The war in Ukraine has been good for Putin domestically. As recently as late 2013, after 14 years in power as either president or prime minister, Putin was in trouble. His populari...

Europe's Ground Zero - Christian Neef, Der Spiegel

There's an eerie silence at the MH 17 crash site in eastern Ukraine, even as a civil war and propaganda battles rage around it. Few here seem concerned that the investigation into ...

Europe's Nightmare: U.S. vs. Russia ... Again - Dmitri Trenin, Nat'l Interest

Russia is learning to live in a new harsh environment of U.S.-led economic sanctions and political confrontation with the United States. More than five months after the change of r...

Cold War Strategies Back in Russia's Playbook - Alex Golts, Moscow Times

Until recently, the fact that Russia has the world's second-largest nuclear arsenal did not seriously influence international politics. That is because the world relied on the inte...

U.S., Russia Edge Toward Economic Warfare - Rob Garver, Fiscal Times

Russia and the West appear to be moving ever closer to full economic warfare as U.S. and EU leaders prepare new and harsher sanctions on the Russian economy and Russian lawmakers d...

Stopping Putin's Irredentist Project - Andrew Michta, American Interest

If Western leaders believe Ukraine is a sui generis crisis that, once resolved, will allow them to focus on other things, they had better think again. Putin’s war against Ukraine...

Putin's Strange Bedfellows - Cathy Young, Boston Globe

Defending Vladimir Putin’s regime is a thankless task these days, when Putin’s bad reputation as Europe’s bully is rivaled only by his reputation as a repressive autocrat in ...

How Not to Criticize Vladimir Putin - Mark Adomanis, Forbes

In virtually any other country we would place the blame for any loss of life not on the government security forces responding to a terrorist attack but on the terrorists themselves...

Gaza and a Summer of Strife - David Remnick, The New Yorker

The supposed tranquillity of earlier seasons is almost always an artifact of distance. And yet Samore’s “everywhere” is forgivable hyperbole. In eastern Ukraine, ...

What Happens When America Disengages - Fred Hiatt, Washington Post

Obama’s determination to gear down in Europe and the Middle East, regardless of circumstances, guaranteed that the United States would not respond strategically to new opport...

Finlandization Not a Solution for Ukraine - James Kirchick, American Int.

The term “Finlandization” is making a comeback as a proposed remedy for Ukraine’s delicate position between East and West. A look back at Finland’s postwar experience shows...

WWI and the Mighty Combustion of Small Events - Rex Murphy, Nat'l Post

People looking at the world today are, I think rightfully, seeing something of a parallel with confusions of a century ago. In the last weeks and months, what a crowding and a tang...

The Time Has Come for Europe to Act - Der Spiegel

Vladimir Putin has ignored Western demands that he cease arming and supporting pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine. As such, he shares responsibility for the shooting down of MH17. ...

The World Mess Obama Didn't Make - Steve Chapman, Chicago Tribune

It's easy to forget that planet Earth has always been a turbulent locale. During the Reagan administration, often fondly recalled as a golden age, there was endless strife hither a...

Blaming EU over Ukraine Easy, but Misguided - Patrick Smyth, Irish Times

The shooting down of MH17 has restored Ukraine to the front pages and reopened with ferocity arguments about who are the good and bad guys in this brutal conflict. The blame game i...

The EU Is the World's Great No-Show - Fareed Zakaria, Washington Post

The Ukraine crisis has shone a spotlight on one of the glaring gaps in the world: the lack of a strategic and purposeful Europe. The United States can and should lead on the respon...

Putin's War (of Ideas) on Europe - Doug Saunders, Globe and Mail

This is, above all else, a war of ideas. Along with countless shells and missiles, what Russian President Vladimir Putin has lobbed into Ukraine is a set of ideological challenges ...

Cowardly West Enables Tsar Putin - Tim Stanley, Daily Telegraph

Here’s the problem with the West’s handling of Russia: we talk the talk but we don’t walk the walk. And strongmen like Vladimir Putin respect action. Dialogue is ...

Even as Europe Dithers, Putin Loses Control - Alan Philps, The National

Life will not be easy for Mr Putin. An impartial investigation will expose the mechanisms of “hybrid war” that Russia has used in Ukraine. Families of the bereaved will...

How to Kneecap the Thug in the Kremlin - Michael Weiss, Foreign Policy

Investigative journalism has already yielded reams of copy on where some of the Putinist wealth is hidden, and how it got there. Much of it is in EU jurisdictions, which are subjec...

An Unwelcome Echo of the Cold War in Ukraine - Los Angeles Times

International outrage over the downing of a Malaysian passenger plane over Ukraine on July 17 does not appear to have affected either the actions of pro-Russia forces in that count...

Will the Russian Army March into Ukraine? - Max Boot, Commentary

Recent events sound like something out of the 1930s, the dark years when brazen predators picked off countries at will: Czechoslovakia, Austria, Abyssinia (Ethiopia), China all fel...

Don't Use MH17 as Excuse to Punish Russia - Simon Jenkins, The Guardian

For Britain – or America – to try and lay down the law along Russia’s extensive borders is barking mad; to use a tragic plane accident as casus belli equally so. It is nothin...

When U.S. Downed a Plane and Tried to Cover It Up - Fred Kaplan, Slate

Fury and frustration still mount over the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and justly so. But before accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of war crimes or dismissing th...

America Needs a Real Russia Policy - Thomas Graham, The National Interest

The outrage at Russia is more than sufficient. What Washington needs is a policy. Particularly in the aftermath of the MH17 tragedy, the drive to punish Russia, to raise the costs...

Putin's Crime, Europe's Cowardice - Bernard-Henri Levy, New York Times

To see the European Union acting so pusillanimously is very discouraging. France wants to hold on to its arms contracts for the jobs they are supposed to save in its naval shipyard...

Putin, Europe and Historical Amnesia - Max Boot, Commentary Magazine

The day that pro-Russian separatists shot down a Malaysian airliner last week, I wrote a lengthy item outlining the steps that needed to be taken in response–everything from ...

Europe Sleeps as Putin Waits - Bloomberg View

In the aftermath of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine, there has been no shortage of shameful behavior: the appalling disrespect shown to the remains of victi...

We Will Have to Negotiate with Putin - Tony Brenton, Telegraph

The destruction of flight MH17 was a terrible crime. I was British Ambassador in Moscow at the time of the murder of Alexander Litvinenko and saw how the Russians handle ...

Proof of How Inept & Decadent the West Has Become - Peter Morici, RCW

The downing of Malaysia Flight 17 casts new light on just how inept and decadent the United States and Europe have become. Faced with Russia's annexation of the Crimea and attempts...

Meet Igor Girkin, Ukraine's Deranged Separatist Leader - L. Colarusso, GP

He's been called brutal and deranged, and he may have shot down a passenger jet. But did you know he also likes to play dress-up?...

Why Putin Isn't Afraid of Europe - Mark Whitehouse, Bloomberg View

Why can't Europe's leaders bring themselves to impose tough sanctions on Russia after the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet disaster? One explanation is that economic ties to Russia,...

Can Malaysia Airlines Rebrand and Move On? - Annette Ekin, Quartz

In its 41 years of flying, Malaysia Airlines had only two fatal accidents prior to 2014. With the airlines’ twin tragedies of flight MH17, being shot down in eastern Ukraine ...

Europe Must Deal with Russia on Its Own - Mary Dejevsky, The Guardian

In the new multipolar world, with the US sometimes on the sidelines, EU unity is essential for its approach to Russia....

Flight 17 Marks Nadir of the West - Roger Cohen, New York Times

This mass murder is an outrage that should not stand. Falling military budgets have reduced the Dutch special forces to a paltry remnant. Russia would veto any United Nations Secur...

Ghosts of World War I Circle over Ukraine - Robert Merry, National Interest

Russia’s national interest requires that Ukraine never come under the full sway and influence of the European powers. Ukraine has been part of the Russian sphere of influence...

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