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Can Ukraine Gnaw Its Way Out of Trouble?

John Feffer | Posted 04.21.2015 | World
John Feffer

Whether this ceasefire or some future one proves durable, Ukraine must eventually make some very difficult decisions concerning its future. Above all, it must figure out a way of exiting the steel trap that has clamped down on its nether regions. The Crimean peninsula has already been sliced off. Should Ukraine sever another one of its own limbs in order to survive?

Latvia Sees Security A Threat In Russia's New Partnership

Reuters | Posted 01.26.2015 | World

By Margarita Antidze TBILISI, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Latvian President Andris Berzins said on Wednesday an agreement deepening cooperation...

Armenia and Its Russian-Imperialism Problem

Christopher Atamian | Posted 10.08.2014 | World
Christopher Atamian

Earlier this summer, a minor kerfuffle over an exhibition of artworks by famed Armenian filmmaker Sergei Parajanov (1924-1990) underscored a more serious problem facing Armenian culture and Armenia in general -- and, by extension, many of the former Soviet republics.

Why The World Map Looks Different To Russians

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.07.2014 | World

NATO's recent warning that Russia may be planning to use "the pretext of a humanitarian or peace-keeping mission" as a reason for invading Ukraine sou...

Let Eastern Ukraine Go

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

It doesn't matter. It's a small, totally irrelevant piece of land. Give the separatists a measure of autonomy.

The Top 10 Coolest Caves Around the World

Viator | Posted 08.23.2014 | Travel

The deep, dark world of caves is fascinating. From caves that light up with the glow of millions of glowworms, to underground caverns stuffed with crystals bigger than the average house -- here's our guide to 10 of the coolest caves in the world.

Putin's Next Steps In Moldova and Georgia

Elena Ulansky | Posted 08.13.2014 | World
Elena Ulansky

Moldova and Georgia are apparently ignoring Russian warnings not to sign an economic pact with the European Union. This despite the extreme turbulence in the Ukraine that has occurred since Ukraine ignored Russian objections to Ukraine's handling of its relationship with the European Union.

Too Bad Ukraine Didn't Keep Its 2,000 Nuclear Weapons

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

The U.S. should tone down the rhetoric and concentrate on the core issues for worldwide peace and accept the Crimean reality. The solution will evolve slowly, if we let it.

Putin and the West

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Crimea is gone. Increased sanctions and criticism from the West will not stop Russia's annexation of this largely ethnic-Russian peninsula. As Ukraine now withdraws its troops from Crimea, America and its allies should instead focus their diplomacy on the preservation of a democratic Ukraine.

U.S. State Department Urges Georgia To Integrate With Europe And NATO

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is urging the former Soviet republic of Georgia to further integrate with Europe and NATO and renewing demands t...

Covering Russia in a Time of Censorship

Shai Baitel | Posted 04.01.2014 | Media
Shai Baitel

"The move is the latest in a series of shifts in Russia's news landscape which appear to point towards a tightening of state control in the already he...

Astoria Characters: The Recipe Sleuth

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 10.21.2012 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

"I've got a lot of stuff cooking." As Mark Rinaldi says this, he places a plate of pão de queijo on the rustic wooden dining table, long as a church pew, that dominates his apartment.

Who Is Really Doing Russia's Bidding in Tbilisi

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 10.07.2012 | World
Lincoln Mitchell

Today, Georgia is approaching a battery of elections, for parliament in 2012 and president in 2013, that will not only have tremendous bearing on that country's future, but on the U.S. role and position in the region for years to come.

Russia's Investments in Abkhazia

Elena Ulansky | Posted 07.07.2012 | World
Elena Ulansky

A special representative of the president of the Russian Federation, Alexander Tkachev, paid his first official visit to Abkhazia. During his meeting ...

The Deepest Land Animal Ever Discovered Is Eyeless

Posted 02.22.2012 | Green

By: Charles Choi, LiveScience Contributor In the dark abyss of the world's deepest known cave lurks a newfound species of primitive eyeless insec...

Georgia's 'Soviet Riviera' Region Elects President

AP | RUSLAN KHASHIG and MIKHAIL METZEL | Posted 10.26.2011 | World

SUKHUMI, Georgia — Abkhazia – a once-prosperous tourist destination dubbed the Soviet Riviera – is electing a new president Friday, ...

The Most Controversial Places Claiming Nationhood

Posted 09.14.2011 | World

On Thursday the United Nations recognized South Sudan as its 193rd member state, turning the country officially into the world's youngest nation. And ...

Welcome to the Post-Unipolar World: Great for the U.S. and for the Rest

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

The U.S. should not retreat from the world. But by embracing a policy of "constructive disengagement" from some parts of the world, America could help itself and the rest of the world.

Clinton Criticizes Russia For Occupying Georgia

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TBILISI, Georgia — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton rebuked Russia on Monday for failing to live up to the cease-fire agreement it...

Foreign Affairs Roundup

Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka

This Week's Top Stories in Foreign Affairs: Washington-Damascus Talks Perhaps the most significant piece of news for international diplomacy this we...

Putin: Europe Blames Georgia For War But Afraid To Admit It | ELLEN BARRY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MOSCOW �" Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin of Russia said Wednesday that Europeans increasingly hold Georgia responsible for last year's war in the ...

Russia, Georgia Engage In War Of Words Ahead Of Anniversary

Global Post | Miriam Elder | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MOSCOW -- Russia and Georgia have relaunched a war of words as the first anniversary of their lightning conflict over the breakaway republic of Sout...

Russia Ends UN's Georgia Mission With Security Council Veto

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

UNITED NATIONS — Russia has brought to an end the nearly 16-year-old U.N. observer mission that monitored a cease-fire between Georgia and its b...

Previously Unknown Hagel Letter Warns Rice of Russia Collision

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

This letter warns the administration that its actions in the Balkans ran the risk of triggering blowback from Russia -- it seems it was ignored.

Russia To Keep 7,600 Troops In 2 Georgia Regions

AP | STEVE GUTTERMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

TBILISI, Georgia — Russia announced Tuesday it would keep 7,600 troops in Abkhazia and South Ossetia for the foreseeable future, asserting power...