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This Former Opera Star Thinks His Country Will Be Russia's Next Ukraine

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 04.26.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Paata Burchuladze, a native of the small ex-Soviet country of Georgia, knows how to be "sly, gravelly," "imposing" and "wonderfully mena...

U.S. Leadership Amiss in Resolving the Armenia-Azerbaijan Clash over Nagorno-Karabakh

Dr. Ariel Cohen | Posted 04.12.2016 | World
Dr. Ariel Cohen

The fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh is like a chronic affliction that simmers down but never really stops. Escalations in the level of hostilities regularly arrive with melt-offs of the mountain snow. However, the eruption that began on April 2nd has flared up to levels unseen since the 1990s.

Putin Is So Mad At Ukraine That He's Bombing Syria

John A. Tures | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

Putin is trying to burnish his credentials as an international tough guy in Syria, fighting ISIS, or at least appearing to do so. In reality, he seems to be directing bombs against dictator Bashar al-Assad's beleaguered opposition these days. He's doing it, because that's just about all he can do these days.

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

Samuel Ramani | Posted 05.31.2016 | 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.

Can Ukraine Gnaw Its Way Out of Trouble?

John Feffer | Posted 04.21.2015 | World
John Feffer

Whether this ceasefire or some future one proves durable, Ukraine must eventually make some very difficult decisions concerning its future. Above all, it must figure out a way of exiting the steel trap that has clamped down on its nether regions. The Crimean peninsula has already been sliced off. Should Ukraine sever another one of its own limbs in order to survive?

Why The World Map Looks Different To Russians

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.07.2014 | World

NATO's recent warning that Russia may be planning to use "the pretext of a humanitarian or peace-keeping mission" as a reason for invading Ukraine sou...

Let Eastern Ukraine Go

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

It doesn't matter. It's a small, totally irrelevant piece of land. Give the separatists a measure of autonomy.

Putin's Next Steps In Moldova and Georgia

Elena Ulansky | Posted 08.13.2014 | World
Elena Ulansky

Moldova and Georgia are apparently ignoring Russian warnings not to sign an economic pact with the European Union. This despite the extreme turbulence in the Ukraine that has occurred since Ukraine ignored Russian objections to Ukraine's handling of its relationship with the European Union.

Too Bad Ukraine Didn't Keep Its 2,000 Nuclear Weapons

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

The U.S. should tone down the rhetoric and concentrate on the core issues for worldwide peace and accept the Crimean reality. The solution will evolve slowly, if we let it.

Putin and the West

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Crimea is gone. Increased sanctions and criticism from the West will not stop Russia's annexation of this largely ethnic-Russian peninsula. As Ukraine now withdraws its troops from Crimea, America and its allies should instead focus their diplomacy on the preservation of a democratic Ukraine.

A Vivid Reminder Of How Crimea's Embrace Of Russia Could Backfire

The New York Times | Posted 03.18.2014 | World

As Crimeans danced in the streets this week, giddy at the prospect of being gathered into Russia, few were watching as closely as the residents of the...

Russian Indifference

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

After the Cold War, the American self-image became that of the "sole superpower." We were the only 800-pound gorilla in the world, and therefore we could do what we pleased without having to worry about any other country's ability to stop us. Russia, under Putin, is reasserting itself as the second weighty gorilla in the room.

Covering Russia in a Time of Censorship

Shai Baitel | Posted 04.01.2014 | Media
Shai Baitel

"The move is the latest in a series of shifts in Russia's news landscape which appear to point towards a tightening of state control in the already he...

Who Is Really Doing Russia's Bidding in Tbilisi

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 10.07.2012 | World
Lincoln Mitchell

Today, Georgia is approaching a battery of elections, for parliament in 2012 and president in 2013, that will not only have tremendous bearing on that country's future, but on the U.S. role and position in the region for years to come.

The Most Controversial Places Claiming Nationhood

Posted 09.14.2011 | World

On Thursday the United Nations recognized South Sudan as its 193rd member state, turning the country officially into the world's youngest nation. And ...

Overcoming negative stereotypes in the South Caucasus

Daniel Maree | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daniel Maree

This guest post was written by Onnik Krikorian and originally appeared on the World Development Report 2011 blog on August 6, 2010. In the 16 yea...

The World Court's Decision on Kosovo Reinforces Georgia's Case

Payam Akhavan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Payam Akhavan

Georgia's case that victims of ethnic cleansing have an undeniable right to return to their homes and villages and that Russia's illegal occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia must end has now been strengthened.

The Al Gore Smear: Gossip as an Instrument of Power

Melik Kaylan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Melik Kaylan

The tabloids are brutalizing a figure the world universally recognizes as a gold-standard American idealist with the entire earth's interests at heart -- a noble, likeable, altruistic American.

Power in the Post American World

Kal Raustiala | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kal Raustiala

In the 21st century it is no longer enough to wield great military force, as the U.S. itself has learned on recent occasions. Nor is economic wealth alone enough

Russia, Georgia Engage In War Of Words Ahead Of Anniversary

Global Post | Miriam Elder | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MOSCOW -- Russia and Georgia have relaunched a war of words as the first anniversary of their lightning conflict over the breakaway republic of South ...

Russia/Georgia: Cluster Bombs' Harm Shows Need to Join Ban

Human Rights Watch | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Human Rights Watch

(Geneva) -- The loss of lives and livelihoods from cluster munitions used by Russia and Georgia during the August 2008 armed conflict reinforces the i...

Georgia's Anti-Putin Disco Disqualified From Eurovision Contest

CBC | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Georgia's entry in the Eurovision song contest, a not-too-sly jab at Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, has been booted out of the competition bec...

For U.S. Security, Next Administration Will Have To Repair Relationship With Russia

Daniel Bruno Sanz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Daniel Bruno Sanz

The Obama administration will need to completely overhaul US foreign policy to include de facto recognition of Russia's legitimate security needs and recognition of Russia's sphere of influence, including South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Georgia.

U.S. Softens Stance On Russia At NATO Summit

New York Times | STEVEN ERLANGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BRUSSELS -- With the Bush administration's influence rapidly waning, the United States agreed on Tuesday to support a modest reopening of NATO's dialo...

Friday Night Live in Oxford

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

Since the primary concern of both candidates in the debate was not to screw up, that was just fine. Just not screwing up, however, doesn't make for a very exciting debate.