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In Response to Putin's New Cold War, the West Must Be Warm to the Russian People

Mikhail Khodorkovsky | Posted 02.10.2015 | Home
Mikhail Khodorkovsky

The Russian people must not be pushed away from Europe.

Don't Prop up Putin by Giving Him an Enemy

Kimberly Marten | Posted 01.24.2015 | Home
Kimberly Marten

Putin's post-Soviet regime may be approaching a crucial tipping point in its level of domestic support. Let's hope that the United States doesn't take his bait, and inadvertently prop him back up by giving him a military enemy to fight against.

Putin's Reality Check for Europe

Joschka Fischer | Posted 12.05.2014 | Home
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.