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Want to Understand President Obama's Foreign Policy?

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 05.09.2015 | New York
Andrea Chalupa

To understand the president's motives and how all the pieces -- from ISIS to Iran to Boko Haram -- fit in his priorities, impacting each other, the Ukrainian Museum of New York will host a foreign policy panel this Wednesday evening.

Ukraine: The Clash of Manichean Narratives and a Way Out

Pierre Guerlain | Posted 05.07.2015 | World
Pierre Guerlain

In order to understand what is going on in Ukraine, history matters and the narrative of the other as well. Putin is a brutal leader yet his popularity rose as a result of the crisis. Not necessarily because he is a new Hitler as many argue but because he managed to inscribe his narrative in a Russian narrative with deep historical roots.

Putin Describes Secret Meeting To Take Crimea

AP | LAURA MILLS | Posted 05.09.2015 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has described a secret meeting with officials last year when Russia decided it would take the Crimean...

Putin Says Opposition Leader's Murder Was Political

Reuters | Posted 05.04.2015 | World

By Denis Pinchuk MOSCOW, March 4 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that the murder of Kremli...

Obama: Boris Nemtsov Killing A Sign Of Worsening Climate In Russia

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama said the murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov is a sign of a worsening climate in Russia. "This is an indicatio...

Nemtsov's Murder Deepens Russia's Journey Down a Dark Path

Georgy Bovt | Posted 05.02.2015 | World
Georgy Bovt

The specific motives behind political murders are often less important than the impact those crimes have on the country's larger political processes. It is noteworthy that some observers are already comparing the murder of Nemtsov with the "Reichstag fire" or the murder of Sergei Kirov. The former marked the start of the Nazi terror in Germany while the latter served as a pretext for former Soviet leader Josef Stalin to unleash his political repression.

Nemtsov Assassination

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.02.2015 | World
Jeff Danziger

Nemtsov Assassination

Widow Of Murdered Spy Blames Russian Government For New Killing

AP | Posted 03.01.2015 | World

LONDON (AP) — The widow of murdered Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko thinks the Russian government may have been involved in the murder of leading o...

Russian Opposition Leaders Hold Kremlin Accountable For Nemtsov Slaying

The Washington Post | Posted 02.28.2015 | World

Russian opposition leaders on Saturday accused the Kremlin of being behind the death of a towering figure of post-Soviet politics, Boris Nemtsov, as t...

Can Minsk 2.0 Save Ukraine?

Yulia Tymoshenko | Posted 04.25.2015 | World
Yulia Tymoshenko

KYIV -- What happens in Ukraine -- not the financial standoff with Greece -- will be the ultimate test of whether European and transatlantic unity endure. The fault lines extending from Ukraine are undermining the fundamental values that have underpinned Europe's postwar peace and prosperity. Failure to defend those values in Ukraine will cause them to unravel far beyond our borders.

Sisi and Putin: Peas in an Eastern Pod?

Monique El-Faizy | Posted 04.19.2015 | World
Monique El-Faizy

Russian President Vladimir Putin's recent visit to Egypt should serve as a reminder to Western governments that political interests are not the only driving force in shaping international alliances.

Why Peace in Ukraine Depends on America

Georgy Bovt | Posted 04.20.2015 | World
Georgy Bovt

MOSCOW -- The less the United States is constructively involved and committed to the process of reaching a settlement, the less likely it is that a lasting peace will emerge, that the points of the Minsk agreement will get implemented and that Kiev will fulfill its obligations.

That's Show Biz/ Corrupt Condos

Robert Whitcomb | Posted 04.17.2015 | Entertainment
Robert Whitcomb

These hosts are under persistent pressure, fueled by the necessary narcissism and vast salaries, to promote themselves as world-historical personalities -- making themselves players in great events, albeit leavened by (a stagey) self-deprecation.

Nurse Putin

Jeff Danziger | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Why Putin -- and Some of His Female Fans -- Go Shirtless

Valerie Sperling | Posted 04.19.2015 | World
Valerie Sperling

As a gift for Putin's 58th birthday, twelve female students and alumni of Moscow State University's prestigious journalism department published a calendar featuring photos of themselves in lingerie, each woman suggesting herself as a potential lover for Putin.

Fool Me Twice, Shame on Minsk

Lionel Beehner | Posted 04.18.2015 | World
Lionel Beehner

Think the norm is unimportant or no longer in relevant? Well, there have been next to zero interstate wars over the past few years and state death as a result of conquest is (mostly) a relic of the 20th century. Putin, meanwhile, thinks he's fighting the Peloponnesian War all over again.

Possible Outcomes of Nuclear Negotiations With Iran

Raghida Dergham | Posted 04.14.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

What will happen following the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 countries, both in the event of success and in the event of failure? Failure will not lead to a war because Washington's strategy does not involve that.

The Minsk Agreement Can Only Work If Power Is Balanced Between Russia and the West

Ivan Sukhov | Posted 04.14.2015 | World
Ivan Sukhov

MOSCOW -- At the root of all this monstrous and bloody story is the fact that the West lied to Moscow 25 years ago when it said it would not expand NATO even one inch to the east if the Soviet Union agreed to the unification of Germany. The West really did take full advantage of its opportunity to violate the balance of power in the world and must now busy itself with overcoming the negative consequences.

Obama Tells Putin In Call To Agree To Ukraine Peace Deal

Reuters | Posted 04.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Feb 10 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama called Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to discuss escalating violence in eastern U...

Putin Gives Egypt's President The Most Putin Gift Ever

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 02.10.2015 | World

Russian President Vladimir Putin is visiting Egypt this week, and like any good guest he didn't come empty-handed. After arriving in Cairo airport on ...

Bildt: Merkel Is Best To Solve The Crisis With Putin

The European | Max Tholl and Florian Guckelsberger | Posted 02.09.2015 | World

Carl Bildt, a former prime minister and foreign minister of Sweden, is one of Europe’s leading statesmen. He is also a member of the Steering Co...

Ukraine Fights Where It Should Not; With Armed Means Neither Effective Nor Strategic

Maciej Bartkowski | Posted 04.10.2015 | World
Maciej Bartkowski

The choice of methods that favored strategic nonviolent resistance in confronting brutal adversaries ultimately increased the chances of these nations to prevail and usher them into successful democratic transition.

Ukraine Needs Political Solution, but Can Diplomacy Succeed Without Weapons?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 04.11.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Perhaps as American and European leaders warn that an AL-Qaeda or ISIS seeks the destruction of "our way of life," we should come to see the Putin danger similarly, but unchallenged he actually has the capacity to deliver on the threat.

Does Putin Want War or Negotiations?

Nina L. Khrushcheva | Posted 04.11.2015 | World
Nina L. Khrushcheva

Does Putin want Europe and the United States to feel threatened by a possibility of a larger war with Russia -- in order to push them into continuing talks with him? If the talks fail, Putin might want the West to believe Russia will have no choice but to expand militarily. Or does Putin really care about the negotiations, not the war? By pushing the rebels to take more territory in eastern Ukraine, the Kremlin is trying to create new facts on the ground that Putin can use as leverage in the impending talks.

Don't Issue Ultimatums To Putin, Kremlin Warns

Reuters | Posted 04.11.2015 | World

MOSCOW, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be spoken to in the language of ultimatums at talks on the Ukraine crisis, a R...