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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...

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...

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....

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....

Most Recent Articles

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....

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 ...

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...

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 ...

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