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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 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.

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.

U.S. State Department Urges Georgia To Integrate With Europe And NATO

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is urging the former Soviet republic of Georgia to further integrate with Europe and NATO and renewing demands t...

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.

Ex-KGB Boss Wins Presidential Election In South Ossetia

AP | MISHA DZHINDZHIKHASHVILI | Posted 06.08.2012 | World

TBILISI, Georgia — A former KGB chief on Monday scored a victory in the runoff presidential election in Georgia's breakaway province of South Os...

Georgia's Breakaway Province Picks New President

AP | Posted 01.13.2012 | World

MOSCOW — Voters in Georgia's breakaway republic of South Ossetia were choosing a new president on Sunday for the first time since Georgia and Ru...

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.

Clinton Criticizes Russia For Occupying Georgia

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TBILISI, Georgia — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton rebuked Russia on Monday for failing to live up to the cease-fire agreement it...

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

Georgia, Russia Mark War Anniversary Amidst Fears More Fighting May Erupt

AP | JIM HEINTZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TBILISI, Georgia — Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili defiantly marked the first anniversary of his country's war with Russia on Friday, den...

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 Sout...

Georgia: Russia Trying To Seize More Land

AP | MISHA DZHINDZHIKHASHVILI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TBILISI, Georgia — Georgia accused Russia on Monday of trying to take more territory outside the breakaway province of South Ossetia as tensions...

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...