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This Former Opera Star Thinks His Country Will Be Russia's Next Ukraine

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 04.26.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Paata Burchuladze, a native of the small ex-Soviet country of Georgia, knows how to be "sly, gravelly," "imposing" and "wonderfully mena...

U.S. Leadership Amiss in Resolving the Armenia-Azerbaijan Clash over Nagorno-Karabakh

Dr. Ariel Cohen | Posted 04.12.2016 | World
Dr. Ariel Cohen

The fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh is like a chronic affliction that simmers down but never really stops. Escalations in the level of hostilities regularly arrive with melt-offs of the mountain snow. However, the eruption that began on April 2nd has flared up to levels unseen since the 1990s.

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
Viator

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.

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...

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.

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

nytimes.com | 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 South ...

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.

The Legacy of Beijing, 2008

Andy Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Rosenberg

The most worrisome aspect of the Beijing Games' legacy may be the lesson that aggressive regimes of the future will take from it -- attack your adversary while the world is glued to the Opening Ceremonies.

Georgia on My Mind

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

In the annals of U.S.-Russian relations, Secretary of State Rice has proven once again to be not up to the task at effectively managing the one area of foreign policy that is her principal area of expertise -- U.S.-Russian relations.