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Can the West Stand Up to Illiberal States?

Chris Patten | Posted 02.15.2015 | World
Chris Patten

With the world's most successful democracies obsessed with recent failures, international politics has drifted toward more dangerous potential outcomes. Sensible deterrence, bold efforts to reform international institutions, and a readiness to fulfill responsibilities have all fallen victim to the West's exaggerated sense of failure and political stalemate.

Bad News For Putin

AP | JOSH BOAK & PAUL WISEMAN | Posted 12.15.2014 | World

JOSH BOAK & PAUL WISEMAN, AP Economics Writers WASHINGTON (AP) — The Bank of Russia has raised its key interest rate to 17 percent from 10.5 perc...

Bury Lenin's Body: The Symbol of Communism Should No Longer Mock Humanity

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.12.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Someday Russians will be free. Not just from Communism, but also less forms of authoritarianism. Liberation will come only through the Russian people's own efforts, however, not from the West. Only they can make their own future. The day liberty arrives will be the real Russian Revolution.

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

Mikhail Khodorkovsky | Posted 02.10.2015 | World
Mikhail Khodorkovsky

The Russian people must not be pushed away from Europe.

USSR 2.0 From Grozny to Moscow

Evgeniya Melnikova | Posted 02.03.2015 | World
Evgeniya Melnikova

When the darkness came on the night of December 4th, Islamist militants attacked the capital of Chechnya-Grozny. They seized a publishing house and later moved to an empty school. At least 10 policemen were killed, about 28 were injured during a long shootout.

Congress to Obama: Need to Go Somewhere? Call Uber

John Blumenthal | Posted 02.03.2015 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

President Obama was in a quandary -- where oh where would he deliver his 2016 State of the Union Address?

Non-Dollar Trading Is Killing the Petrodollar -- And the Foundation of U.S.-Saudi Policy in the Middle East

Alastair Crooke | Posted 02.01.2015 | World
Alastair Crooke

This new oil price drop simply is crushing producers' currencies in foreign exchange markets. The combination of the petrodollar losing its ability to act as a store of value, combined now with exchange rate blues, may be the straw that breaks the producer "camel's back" in respect to OPEC and dollar denomination. Such a moment would seem ripe for Russia and Iran to begin a gradual challenge to Saudi's leadership of the OPEC cartel and to the dollar-denominated energy system, if enough OPEC members and other producers are prepared to rebel. Iran has been lobbying hard in this direction.

Russia Warns Of Recession In 2015

AP | NATALIYA VASILYEVA | Posted 02.01.2015 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian government has acknowledged that the country will fall into recession next year, battered by the combination of Western sa...

Russia Is Returning to Soviet Military Strategy

Alexander Golts | Posted 01.31.2015 | World
Alexander Golts

With oil prices falling, corrupt officials see defense spending as their last opportunity to pocket government funds -- and they have no intention of sharing that windfall with foreign defense industry competitors. Putin's recently announced policy of substituting Russian goods for previously imported products will enable those senior officials to siphon off a significant portion of budgetary funds.

Obama Faces the Test of Emerging Out of the Gray Zone

Raghida Dergham | Posted 01.28.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

President Barack Obama may be forced to move away a little from his policy of non-clarity, because he will not be able to win the war he declared against ISIS as long as he relies on mystery.

Note to Ukraine: Time to Reconsider Your "Cossack" Pride

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 01.25.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Confronted with an existential threat in the form of Vladimir Putin, Ukraine is embracing patriotism and, in some cases, nationalist symbolism. In Uk...

Putin's Tiger Suspected Of Going On Goat-Killing Spree In China

AP | Posted 01.25.2015 | World

BEIJING (AP) — A rare Siberian tiger released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin is keeping farmers in northeastern China on edge. ...

Europe's Challenge: A 'Twilight Zone' in Russia's Shadow, or a 'World of Rules?'

Radek Sikorski | Posted 01.24.2015 | World
Radek Sikorski

The impetus for NATO enlargement did not come from a triumphalist Washington. On the contrary, the U.S. initially resisted even the breakup of the Soviet Union. Since 1990, 12 European states have asked to join NATO. They all chose for themselves to belong to this cooperative military alliance. NATO membership was a key part of "locking in" their turbulent democratic reforms.

Don't Prop up Putin by Giving Him an Enemy

Kimberly Marten | Posted 01.24.2015 | World
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 Says He Won't Be Russia's President For Life

AP | LYNN BERRY | Posted 01.23.2015 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin has said he won't remain Russia's president for life and will step down in line with the constitution no later than 202...

Construction According to Putin's Model, from Bosnia to Europe?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The scent of nationalism was present in the former-Yugoslavia before Vladimir Putin effectively assumed power in Moscow. Already during the early stages of the conflict in Bosnia & Herzegovina, "BiH"  solutions were being fashioned in the hope of, well appeasing is perhaps an appropriate term, those leaders in the region but also Moscow who saw feudal nationalism as the vehicle to replace authoritarian communism.

The British Embassy In Ukraine Trolls Russia On Twitter

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 11.19.2014 | World

The latest foreign office to engage in the increasingly popular sport of Twitter-trolling the Kremlin is Britain's embassy in Ukraine, which on Wednes...

Putin: U.S. Will Never 'Subdue' Russia

Reuters | Posted 01.18.2015 | World

MOSCOW, Nov 18 (Reuters) - The United States wants to subdue Moscow, but will never succeed, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on...

Putin Says Sides Not Abiding Peace Deal In Ukraine

AP | LAURA MILLS | Posted 01.17.2015 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow will not allow the defeat of pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned, arguing that both ...

Putin Denies He Fled G20 Summit Pressure

AP | ROD McGUIRK | Posted 11.17.2014 | World

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin made an early exit on Sunday from a two-day summit of world leaders where he was roundly...

Putin Under Fire Over Ukraine At G-20 Summit

Reuters | Posted 11.15.2014 | World

By Alexei Anishchuk and Jane Wardell BRISBANE, Australia, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Western leaders warned Vladimir Putin at a G20 s...

Putin's Latest Nightmare -- Great Game 2.0 in Central Asia

Samuel Ramani | Posted 01.14.2015 | World
Samuel Ramani

The stop-start nature of Russia's energy deals with Central Asian countries combined with traditional fears of Russian encroachment stemming from centuries of Russian occupation, has caused many Central Asian countries to view China as a more stable and consistent economic partner.

The Sino-Russia Partnership Is Stronger Than the West Thinks

Gilbert Rozman | Posted 01.11.2015 | World
Gilbert Rozman

Anti-imperialism has survived as a pillar of ideology, as has Sinocentrism and Russocentrism, which focus overwhelmingly on resistance to the United States and its allies.

Putin Gets Censored In China For Putting A Shawl Around First Lady's Shoulders

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 11.11.2014 | World

No one wants to see Russian President Vladimir Putin hit on their wife. So when Chinese social media users suggested that Putin may have been flirt...

Obama, Vladimir Putin Speak Briefly On Beijing Summit Sidelines

Reuters | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics

(Adds Russian comment, background) BEIJING, Nov 10 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke ...