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Is The Thucydides Trap for the U.S. and China? A Response to Graham Allison

Mary Buffett | Posted 09.29.2015 | Politics
Mary Buffett

This week the Atlantic Magazine published "The Thucydides Trap: Are the U.S. and China Headed for War?" by Graham Allison. I have a great deal of respect for Graham Allison and he lays out a series of compelling arguments. But I believe he will be proven wrong in this case.

The Political and Security Evolution of the Conflict in Ukraine

Mathieu Boulègue | Posted 09.28.2015 | World
Mathieu Boulègue

Caught in a "no war, no peace" situation, Eastern Ukraine is slowly but relentlessly diving into a low-intensity conflict. From the onset of the crisis, barely two years ago, Ukraine has been at war with Russia over the territorial integrity of Crimea and separatist Donbas.

Abandoned Factory Used as Azov Base May Fall Into the Wrong Hands

Olena Kagui | Posted 09.15.2015 | Politics
Olena Kagui

Since December 2014 Azov members have worked to transform the abandoned factory into a base where they could live, train and help the Ukrainian military.

Minsk II -- Simply Another Form of Russian Aggression

Bohdan Vitvitsky | Posted 09.08.2015 | World
Bohdan Vitvitsky

The recent violence in Kyiv in connection with protests over Ukrainian parliamentary consideration of some sort of special status for the separatist part of the Donbas is unforgivable. But Minsk II, the hastily cobbled together peace treaty engineered by Germany and France under Russian pressure, is no less forgivable for having placed Ukraine in a near impossible situation.

Russian Court Sentences Film Director To 20 Years In Jail

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.25.2015 | World

MOSCOW, Aug 25 (Reuters) - A Russian court on Tuesday sentenced Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov to 20 years in a high-security penal colony for ...

Ukraine's Push for Independence

ADST | Posted 08.24.2015 | World

Before the current protests in Ukraine over relations with Russia, Ukraine had to fight to free itself from the Soviet Union. Official independence was declared August 24, 1991 and with it came its own host of problems.

Republican Debate Shows Delusional Sabre-Rattling Foreign Policy

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
Anhvinh Doanvo

The Republican Party doesn't seem to understand the fact that threats to the United States originate from the actions of human beings. These human beings resort to violence when they are marginalized by society to the point where they believe that the only way to better their country is to work around the democratic system through violence.

When Ukraine Is No Longer Ukraine

Ioana Moldovan | Posted 07.29.2015 | World
Ioana Moldovan

DONETSK -- "Of course we want to stay in Ukraine. We were, are and want to be Ukrainians. But we just want peace, and if it will be different, it does not matter, because we just want to have bright blue sky and no shelling. I want to go back home, not to Russia, but home."

Why Russia Opposed the MH17 Tribunal

Georgy Bovt | Posted 07.22.2015 | World
Georgy Bovt

MOSCOW -- The vast majority of Russians view the incident as an "episode of war," as "collateral damage" roughly equivalent to the Ukrainian forces' indiscriminate shelling of civilians in the Donbass -- a crime of which state-controlled television constantly reminds them.

Interview with Kiev International Democracy Institute Director and Ukraine expert, Sergiy Taran

Samuel Ramani | Posted 07.09.2015 | World
Samuel Ramani

Sergiy Taran is the Director of the Kiev-based International Democracy Institute think tank, and the head of the Board of the Center of Sociological a...

Chinese-Filipino Community's Dilemma: The Philippines, China, and the South China Sea Disputes

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 06.26.2015 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

At its very core, the Philippines is an idea, representing a pluralistic land with hospitable people, who have always welcomed persecuted people from around the world. It is an all-embracing society that has been open to peoples from around the world.

Why Putin's War Talk Isn't Fooling Anyone

Ivan Sukhov | Posted 06.17.2015 | World
Ivan Sukhov

MOSCOW -- Apparently, the Kremlin thinks that deploying 40 new ICBMs will somehow improve its image, just as the Soviet Union once used the same missiles in a misguided attempt to make itself more attractive.

NYT: U.S. Poised To Put Heavy Weaponry Close To Russia

The New York Times | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics

In a significant move to deter possible Russian aggression in Europe, the Pentagon is poised to store battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and ot...

G-7 Leaders To Hit Russia With Sanctions

AP | DAVID McHUGH and DAVID RISING | Posted 06.08.2015 | World

ELMAU, Germany (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday she expects a meeting of the Group of Seven industrialized democracies to produce ...

Interview With Guardian Foreign Correspondent and Mafia State Author, Luke Harding

Samuel Ramani | Posted 06.01.2015 | World
Samuel Ramani

Luke Harding is an award-winning foreign correspondent from the Guardian, with extensive experience in conflict zones such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Georgia and Ukraine.

Interview With Noted Journalist and Russia Expert, David Satter

Samuel Ramani | Posted 05.28.2015 | World
Samuel Ramani

David Satter is a journalist who was a Financial Times correspondent in Moscow from 1976 to 1982; and subsequently was a Soviet affairs specialist for the Wall Street Journal.

Report: Russia Masses Tanks, Rockets, Troops On Ukraine Border

Reuters | Posted 05.28.2015 | World

By Maria Tsvetkova KHUTOR CHKALOVA, Russia, May 27 (Reuters) - Russia's army is massing troops and hundreds of pieces of weaponry incl...

Why Illiberal Democracies Are on the Rise

Dani Rodrik | Posted 05.18.2015 | World
Dani Rodrik

PRINCETON - A democratic bargain becomes feasible only when the masses are able to organize and mobilize around common interests. Historically, such mobilizations have been the product of industrialization and urbanization, wars, or anti-colonial struggles. But these bargains, by their very nature, produce electoral democracies rather than liberal democracies.

Nadiya Savchenko's Letters From Prison, Part 5

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 05.15.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Whatever the situation, there is only one right way to handle it: Be yourself! This principle applies everywhere and in all circumstances. It does not matter what sort of person you are -- strong and true or despicable and cowardly -- show your real nature and people will begin to speak to you in your own language.

Nadiya Savchenko's Letters From Prison, Part 4

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 05.14.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

What is hunger? What is captivity? What is prison? What is hunger in prison? How should one behave in captivity? In a court investigation? In prison? Because these are very different things.

Nadiya Savchenko's Letters From Prison, Part 3

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 05.13.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

During the 37 days of the strike I ate twice. The first time it was a pear-flavored candy. The second time I ate was today.

Slain Kremlin Critic's Final Report Makes Stunning Claims About Russia's Secret War In Ukraine

Reuters | Maria Tsvetkova | Posted 05.12.2015 | World

MOSCOW, May 12 (Reuters) - Moscow spent more than 53 billion roubles ($1.04 billion) supplying a separatist rebellion in east Ukraine and at least 220...

Nadiya Savchenko's Letters From Prison, Part 2

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 05.12.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Right now everything is being destroyed, but later it will have to be rebuilt. I firmly believe that you'll have bridges to build soon enough: in Luhansk, "Ukrainian Nationalists Bridge"; in Donetsk, "Right Sector Bridge"!

How Putin Used VE Day to Equate the Victory Over Fascism With the Fight in Ukraine

Alexander Golts | Posted 05.11.2015 | World
Alexander Golts

MOSCOW -- Putin's goal was to convince average Russians to equate the nearly holy war against fascism with the regime's current escapade in Ukraine. Kremlin spin doctors have been reinforcing that association for months with a constant torrent of claims that Ukraine is besieged with "fascist sentiment," which is attempting to justify Hitler's atrocities.

Report: Some Russian Soldiers Quit Army Over Ukraine War

Reuters | Posted 05.11.2015 | World

By Maria Tsvetkova MOSCOW/DONETSK, May 10 (Reuters) - Some Russian soldiers are quitting the army because of the conflict in Ukraine, several soldi...