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Russia Moves Artillery Units Into Ukraine, NATO Says

The New York Times | Posted 08.22.2014 | World

The Russian military has moved artillery units manned by Russian personnel inside Ukrainian territory in recent days and is using them to fire at Ukra...

Why Sanctions Against Russia Might Backfire

Kimberly Marten | Posted 08.21.2014 | World
Kimberly Marten

The lesson from the past decade around the world is that the United States and its allies cannot control the internal politics of foreign countries. When they try, they often end up with a worse situation than they faced originally.

Russia Has Already Invaded Ukraine: Strobe Talbott

Nathan Gardels | Posted 08.18.2014 | World
Nathan Gardels

"It has been an invasion that is already well in place. It is detrimental to managing the situation to play along with the transparent falsehood that the Russians are putting out that they have not invaded Ukraine. Putin is not only looking to the past instead of the future. Worse, he is looking to the past as a model for the future."

Being Pro-West Doesn't Mean Being Anti-Russian

Pyotr Romanov | Posted 08.14.2014 | World
Pyotr Romanov

Although rhetoric on both sides can create the impression that Russia is either for or against the West, we should remember that Russia has often walked a middle line. Its unique view of the world is a direct consequence of its history, and not one that should be reduced to the strident positions of either the Europhiles or the Slavophiles.

Putin, Erdogan and Orban: Band of Brothers?

András Simonyi | Posted 08.12.2014 | World
András Simonyi

The contagion of the illiberal model (recently openly praised by Viktor Orban in a public speech as the real alternative to the "failed liberal western system") is yet another wake up call for us to understand the realities of the world, which is a mess.

With the Ukrainian President

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 08.12.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Petro Poroshenko deserves the West's support. We should follow him on the course he has chosen, which is to resist the imperialism blowing in from the east.

Russian-American Duet: How Do You Keep the Music Playing?

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Tinatin Japaridze

How do you keep the music playing in a chaotic political climate where the only music being played is a dissonant duet with counter-melodies that never resolve, but instead contradict the common theme?

Ukraine Says Humanitarian Mission Will Be Led By Red Cross With Consent Of US, Russia

AP | Posted 08.11.2014 | World

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine says humanitarian mission will be led by Red Cross and has blessing of US, Russia....

Kremlin Says Russia Is Sending Humanitarian Convoy Into Ukraine

AP | Posted 08.12.2014 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian state media is reporting that about 280 trucks have left the Moscow region for war-torn eastern Ukraine, a day after the Kiev ...

NATO Sees 'High Probability' Of Russian Invasion Of Ukraine

Reuters | Posted 08.11.2014 | World

BRUSSELS/DONETSK, Aug 11 (Reuters) - NATO said on Monday there was a "high probability" that Russia could launch an invasion of Ukraine, where the g...

The Irony of Current Russian-Ukrainian Relations

John Brown | Posted 08.11.2014 | World
John Brown

In all the wise commentary on the tragic Russia-Ukraine situation, I have seen few observations (admissions?) that 20th-century Ukraine is essentially a Soviet geopolitical construction.

Russia Navy Says It Drove U.S. Sub Away

AP | Posted 08.09.2014 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian state news agencies say the country's navy claims to have driven away a submarine believed to be American that entered Russia'...

Understand Putin by Understanding What Scares Him Most: Democracy

Vladislav Inozemtsev | Posted 08.08.2014 | World
Vladislav Inozemtsev

Putin's professional career was twice overturned by the democratic process, and consequently he sees it as his greatest threat.

The Need for 'Sahawat' in Syria to Defeat Terrorist Groups

Raghida Dergham | Posted 08.07.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

Does the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) constitute a radical shift in the history and the future of the Arab region, or is it a transient phenomenon, no matter how formidable it seems with its strength and its performance in the battlefields of Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon today?

NATO Chief Calls On Russia To 'Step Back From The Brink'

Reuters | Posted 08.07.2014 | World

By Richard Balmforth and Pavel Polityuk KIEV, Aug 7 (Reuters) - The head of NATO called on Russia to "step back from the brink" of war by pulling i...

Putin Hits Tipping Point As Ukraine Tightens Rebel Noose

Bloomberg | Posted 08.06.2014 | World

As the military endgame in Ukraine approaches, President Vladimir Putin must decide just how far he’s prepared to go to defend the pro-Russian insur...

Putin Retaliates Against Sanctions

Reuters | Posted 08.06.2014 | World

By Polina Devitt and Dmitry Zhdannikov MOSCOW, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Russia will ban all imports of U.S. food products as well as ...

Politically Disabled: Putin On The Ritz

Daniel P. Malito | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Daniel P. Malito

We have one of the greatest bad guys ever conceived to play the enemy in Cold War II, and, frankly, we are going to have to dig deep to take home the trophy this time.

Republicans Love Vladimir Putin, So Long As They Don't Live Under His Authority

John A. Tures | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
John A. Tures

The "strong leader" Republicans admire has presided over a country which provides little economic freedom, and has helped the country fall from moderate levels of freedom to dictatorship according to Freedom House, everything they accuse Obama of doing in America.

Israel and Russia: Rogue States in Public Opinion?

William E. Jackson Jr. | Posted 08.04.2014 | World
William E. Jackson Jr.

Like Putin, Netanyahu comes across as a "my way or the highway" rogue, disdainful of international law and organizations while committing gross human rights violations--such as killing bunches of children in UN schools. Who is to stop Israel?

Why I Support President Obama

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

My view may not have been so different from that of Maureen Dowd, who once wrote that President Obama had to look deep into his soul to determine who he was. In her view, he emerged with the realization that he was Barry, president of the Harvard Law Review.

Obama To Putin: Deep Concerns About Ukrainian Rebels

Posted 08.01.2014 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has spoken to Russian President Vladimir Putin to reiterate concern about Russia's support of separatists i...

Ukraine and the Media Drumbeat

Martin Hellman | Posted 07.31.2014 | Media
Martin Hellman

The mistake of becoming involved in a war without first making sure our assumptions are correct is being repeated today with the civil war in Ukraine.

EU Slaps Sanctions On Putin Cronies

AP | Posted 07.31.2014 | World

BRUSSELS (AP) -- An official European Union document shows three long-time Putin cronies are among eight people who have been hit with new EU sanction...

Russians Increasingly Alarmed About Putin's Tactics

NEIL MacFARQUHAR | The New York Times | Posted 07.30.2014 | World

MOSCOW — Russia, facing the toughest round of Western sanctions imposed since the Ukraine crisis erupted, has adopted a nonchalant public stance, wi...