April 24th marked the beginning of large-scale Russian military exercises on Russia's border with eastern Ukraine. According to the Defense Minister of the Russian Federation, Sergei Shoigu, this is a direct response to the Ukrainian anti-terrorist operation (ATO) in the Donbas region. We believe that this claim is untrue. If the exercises had just started now, what have more than 50,000 Russian troops been doing at the Ukrainian border for about a month and a half?
It is a lengthy and complicated process in which the major actors are playing with the lowest possible cost to them in terms of soldiers, but the hidden cost lying in the fine print may be prohibitive. It is premature to get carried away with triumphalist discourses.
co-authored by Dr. Stephen Bryen, CTO, Ziklag Systems Verizon has published a blockbuster report on Internet "data breaches" which has garnered maj...
Consider a universal approach to international negotiations that could be applied to Russia today: After private talks fail or stall, the U.S. could encourage public talks. The principal communications instrument of public talks is a dialogue document.
Ultra-deep water? It's going to be where the money goes, because oil majors can't find anyplace else to invest their obscene profits from explorations of two decades ago.
The Ukraine crisis continues. At this stage, no one can safely predict where the country will be a month from now, let alone a year down the road. Nonetheless, a few things appear crystal-clear.
The Cultural & Charitable Catch-Up: April 2014 Text & Photographs © Jill Lynne, 2014 The Society for The Prevention of Cruelty to Children, The O...
This is a critical time for the the Asia-Pacific Pivot. Which is, of course, America's shift from its fateful post-9/11 fixations with the Islamic world of the Middle East and Central Asia to the rising Asia-Pacific.
Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogDuring his two-day visit this week to Kiev, Ukraine, Vice President Joe Biden unfurled President Barack Obama's "U.S....
Russian President Vladimir Putin said he doesn't think the European community can do without the natural gas it gets from energy monopoly Gazprom. With a Russian economy starting to decline, however, it may be Gazprom that's too strongly interconnected to the European market to break free.
Behind all Russia's machinations lies Putin's fear that Ukraine in the Western camp turns into a success story with better economic living standard and a higher degree of freedom for its people.
Two experts discuss the successes and failures of U.S. diplomacy with President Vladimir Putin's Russia, and the need for Washington to be more strategic in its dealings with Moscow.
Terrorists rarely change the world map, but major rogue states can destabilize the world order and everything we cherish. The spies knew that but could do nothing about it because they were told to take their eye off the rogue state threats and instead chase the bearded crazies.
On April 18, the Russian Foreign Ministry clarified the meaning of Russian agreements. They required immediate disarmament of "illegal groups" referred to as the Right Sector, the Ukrainian nationalists. And in terms of releasing the captured buildings, they are making an ultimatum for Kyiv's Maidan supporters to disarm as well. Moscow basically said: disarm "your people," and then we will think about disarming our agents in eastern Ukraine, withdrawing Russian Special Forces and releasing captured buildings in Donetsk region.
Since the establishment of the United Nations, countries are not supposed to be allowed to take land from one another. More specifically, Russia agreed to respect Ukraine's borders when Kiev gave up its nuclear weapons 20 years ago. Putin has shredded that historical document.