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By Misunderstanding Crimea, the West Is Pushing Russia Further Away

Ilaria Parogni | Posted 06.15.2015 | World
Ilaria Parogni

The rights of minorities might be under threat, but for many residents of the peninsula, life under the new flag is good enough -- and international observers still struggle to accept this.

Kremlin Rules Out Handing Back Crimea To Ukraine

Reuters | Posted 05.17.2015 | World

By Timothy Heritage and Darya Korsunskaya MOSCOW, March 17 (Reuters) - Russia ruled out handing Crimea back to Ukraine on Tuesday and ...

Putin Is Bringing Darkness to the Edge of Europe

Yulia Tymoshenko | Posted 03.10.2015 | World
Yulia Tymoshenko

In 2014, Vladimir Putin discovered his inner Trotsky. For what Russia's president is now offering Ukraine is a perverse twist on the formula Trotsky proclaimed during the peace negotiations at Brest-Litovsk in 1918: "No war, no peace."

Putin's Latest Iron Curtain Call -- Ukraine

Dr. Richard Chasdi | Posted 11.17.2014 | World
Dr. Richard Chasdi

We need to hold the line against Vladimir Putin's drive to reassert Russian hegemony in Ukraine, but it is necessary to understand the political and historical context behind his actions to provide the perspective needed as U.S. foreign policy alternatives are crafted.

The EU Provoked Putin, Not NATO

Maria Snegovaya | Posted 11.16.2014 | World
Maria Snegovaya

What provoked Putin early in November 2013 and later in February 2014 was not Ukraine-NATO integration, but rather EU accession. If anything, serious discussions of Ukraine's NATO membership in 2014 began after (not prior to) Russia's aggression against Ukraine.

Mad With Power?

Peter T. Coleman, PhD | Posted 10.29.2014 | World
Peter T. Coleman, PhD

Vladimir Putin appears steadfast in his determination to reclaim large sections of Ukraine -- in particular its industrial heartland -- through intimidation and violence, while denying any but humanitarian involvement there. This raises the question: Is Putin psychotic?

Sam Stein

Bob Gates: Russian Control Of Crimea 'Is A Done Deal' | Sam Stein | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The current Secretary of Defense declined on Sunday to label Russia an enemy, saying such characterizations were overly simplistic and d...

What is Putin's Secret Weapon?

Roger Myerson | Posted 06.21.2014 | World
Roger Myerson

Surely Putin has long understood, better than anyone else, how a few calls and promises from the Kremlin could readily recruit many of these local leaders in eastern Ukraine to win their cooperation in organizing local residents for pro-Russian demonstrations. To an unappreciated provincial councilor who has gotten words of assurance that he or she would be warmly welcomed into Putin's party of power, the idea of secession from Ukraine into Russia could become quite appealing. No bags of cash would be needed.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Bob Corker Says Assad Was 'Wise' To Kill 1,200 With Chemical Weapons | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are following a formula in which the common denominator is to emba...

Putin Has Harsh Words For NATO

Reuters | Posted 06.17.2014 | World

MOSCOW, April 17 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said Russia had been forced to respond to NATO enlargement and that its annexation...

Poland Is the Boy Who Didn't Cry Wolf

Michał Kamiński | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Michał Kamiński

The annexation of Crimea spells out the Putin Doctrine. When looked at closely, it is basically the Brezhnev Doctrine ... but on steroids.

Putin's Reality Check for Europe

Joschka Fischer | Posted 12.05.2014 | World
Joschka Fischer

Before our eyes, the post-Soviet international system in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia is being overthrown. Nineteenth-century concepts of international order, based on zero-sum balance-of-power considerations and spheres of interest, are threatening to supersede modern norms of national self-determination, the inviolability of borders, the rule of law, and the fundamental principles of democracy. As a result, this upheaval will have a massive impact on Europe and its relations with Russia, for it will determine whether Europeans live by 21st century rules. Those who believe that the West can adapt to Russian behavior, as Putin's Western apologists suggest, risk contributing to further strategic escalation, because a soft approach will merely embolden the Kremlin.

Obama to Putin: Do as I Say, Not as I Do

Ralph Nader | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Dear President Obama: It is important to remember that whatever moral leverage you may have had in the court of world opinion has been sacrificed by the precedents set by previous American presidents who did not do what you say Mr. Putin should do -- obey international law.

Putin Signs Law Annexing Crimea

Reuters | Steve Gutterman and Barbara Lewis | Posted 05.21.2014 | World

President Vladimir Putin signed laws completing Russia's annexation of Crimea on Friday, as investors took fright at a U.S. decision to slap sanctions...

Russian Economy Takes Hit As New Round Of Sanctions

Reuters | Posted 05.21.2014 | World

By Jason Bush and Barbara Lewis MOSCOW/BRUSSELS, March 21 (Reuters) - Russian shares fell sharply on Friday as investors took fright a...

U.S. Rejects Crimea Vote On Joining Russia

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics

The U.S. is rejecting the vote in Crimea even before the results are released. The White House says Sunday's referendum on succession is contrary t...

Putin Took Crimea Because He Could

Nicholas Burns | Posted 05.13.2014 | World
Nicholas Burns

Putin took Crimea because he could. He knew NATO wouldn't oppose him. With Russia on the move and the Chinese bullying smaller countries in the South China Sea, is it really smart to reduce the Army to its smallest size since 1940? To keep the peace, we need to convince Russia and China we'll remain the world's strongest power for the generation ahead.

Former German Leader Questions Response To Putin

The WorldPost | Nathan Gardels | Posted 12.02.2014 | World

At a public forum hosted by the German weekly Die Zeit, former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder questioned the response of the Western powers to Pu...

Obama Adviser: U.S. Won't Recognize Crimea Annexation

Reuters | Posted 05.09.2014 | Politics

(Adds Obama's upcoming meeting with Ukraine prime minister) WASHINGTON, March 9 (Reuters) - The United States will not recognize the a...

Putin Seeks Fast-Track Crimea Annexation To Exploit Indecisive West

Agence France Presse | Stuart Williams | Posted 05.06.2014 | World

Russian President Vladimir Putin is seeking to profit to the maximum from Ukraine's turmoil by implementing the de-facto annexation of Crimea at high ...

Putin's Kampf

Project Syndicate | CHARLES TANNOCK | Posted 03.03.2014 | World

Charles Tannock, member of the foreign affairs committee of the European Parliament. BRUSSELS – Russia’s seizure of Crimea is the most naked ex...

Ukraine Braces For Combat As Putin Moves To Invade

Reuters | Posted 05.01.2014 | World

By Lidia Kelly and Pavel Polityuk MOSCOW/KIEV March 1 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin demanded and won his parliament's a...