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Top Russian General Lays Bare Putin's Plan for Ukraine

Robert Coalson | Posted 11.02.2014 | World
Robert Coalson

General Valery Gerasimov writes about how "a perfectly thriving state can, in a matter of months and even days, be transformed into an arena of fierce armed conflict, become a victim of foreign intervention, and sink into a web of chaos, humanitarian catastrophe, and civil war." This is achieved, Gerasimov writes, by "the broad use of political, economic, informational, humanitarian, and other non-military measures applied in coordination with the protest potential of the population." The goal is "to create a permanently operating front through the entire territory of the enemy state."

You'll Never Guess What Putin's Up To Now

Posted 09.02.2014 | World

In addition to judo, horseback riding and deep-sea diving skills, Russian President Vladimir Putin apparently also has a creative side. Russian n...

The Perils of Obama's Non-Strategy for Ukraine and the West

Robert G. Kaufman | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
Robert G. Kaufman

The Russian invasion of Eastern Ukraine comes at a pivotal moment with a major NATO summit convening in Wales this week. A failure to response effectively would imperil the historically successful but increasingly troubled alliance dangerously on the verge of impotence and irrelevance if Putin succeeds with his Ukrainian gambit.

Why President Obama's Visit to Estonia Really Matters

Erik Brattberg | Posted 11.01.2014 | Politics
Erik Brattberg

President Obama's brief stopover in Tallinn en route to the NATO Summit in Wales this week couldn't have been be any timelier. Showing up in person matters a lot to the Balts who are increasingly feeling the heat after Russia's invasion of Crimea and subsequent aggression in Eastern Ukraine.

Vladimir Putin Isn't Going To Stop | Posted 08.31.2014 | World

Wreaking havoc in Ukraine is just the beginning. ...

Putin Calls For Talks On Eastern Ukraine 'Statehood'

Reuters | Posted 10.31.2014 | World

By Katya Golubkova and Aleksandar Vasovic MOSCOW/MARIUPOL, Ukraine, Aug 31 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Sunday for immedi...

Russo-Ukrainian War Now a Reality

Alexander Motyl | Posted 10.29.2014 | World
Alexander Motyl

Now is the time for the West -- whether NATO, the United States, or individual European states --to provide or sell the high-tech weaponry Ukraine needs to defend itself effectively. The argument against such a move -- that it would provoke a Russian escalation--is no longer valid, now that Russia has escalated. A well-armed Ukraine could stop Putin from embarking on any of these more alarming scenarios.

Putin: Russia Must Strengthen Position In Arctic

Reuters | Posted 10.29.2014 | World

LAKE SELIGER, Russia, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that Moscow had to strengthen its position, economically an...

Putin: Russians And Ukrainians 'Practically One People'

Reuters | Posted 10.29.2014 | World

LAKE SELIGER, Russia, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday the Ukraine crisis was a tragedy and that Ukrainians and Ru...

Putin Urges Release Of Ukrainian Soldiers

AP/HuffPost | By PETER LEONARD and JUERGEN BAETZ | Posted 10.29.2014 | World

NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Their tanks bearing the flag of their would-be state, Russian-backed separatists held control Friday over this coastal to...

Egypt Has Regained the Palestinian Issue and Its Regional Leadership

Raghida Dergham | Posted 10.28.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

What is a constant here is that there is a Saudi-Egyptian-Emirati strategic relationship with important regional dimensions, and this deserves appreciation, at least for what it represents in the regional balance of power and as a bulwark against the projects led by radical Islamist groups.

Why Russia Wants the Federalization of Ukraine

Alexander Motyl | Posted 10.28.2014 | World
Alexander Motyl

The long-term solution everyone's been talking about -- including Merkel and her Foreign Minister, Walter Steinmeier --is "federalization." For Russia, long a champion of federalization in the Donbas (and long a foe of federalization at home), federalization means near-independence. Presumably after having been briefed by Ukrainian officials about why the term is unacceptable, Merkel emphasized that what she really meant was "decentralization."

Ukraine's Military Claims More Russian Soldiers Have Crossed The Border

Reuters | Posted 10.27.2014 | World

KIEV, Aug 27 (Reuters) - The Ukrainian military said on Wednesday that more Russian soldiers had crossed the border into eastern Ukraine, entering t...

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 10.21.2014 | 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 10.18.2014 | 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 10.12.2014 | 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 10.12.2014 | 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 10.11.2014 | 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 10.11.2014 | 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 10.11.2014 | 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 10.11.2014 | 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 10.11.2014 | 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'...