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Ukraine: The Consequences of Far Right World War II Revisionism

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 08.25.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

How extreme will politics have to get before the Ukrainian establishment stands up to the far right? If the political mainstream doesn't act soon, Kiev's relationships with key diplomatic partners and even Poland could be severely tarnished.

The Kadyrov Factor: Why Putin Must Keep a Close Eye on His Chechen Strongman

Samuel Ramani | Posted 08.21.2015 | World
Samuel Ramani

Putin's support for Kadyrov should be conditional. However, Russia's reliance on the Chechen leader to provide security in the North Caucasus and to restrict ISIS's growth in that region makes it very difficult for Putin to change his Chechnya policy.

Putin's Man in Congress

Kristofer Harrison | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
Kristofer Harrison

Are you skeptical that Moscow's crass propaganda efforts could really impact hearts and minds in Europe? Unfortunately, they not only have an impact there; those information operations are making inroads right here in the United States thanks to a senior Democratic congressman and pliable media.

Oleh Rybachuk on Viktor Yushchenko, Interview with Former Ukrainian President's Chief of Staff

Samuel Ramani | Posted 07.20.2015 | World
Samuel Ramani

Oleh Rybachuk was the Chief of Staff to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, and the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine for European Integration from February to September 2005. Rybachuk agreed to sit down for an interview with me on July 13, 2015.

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...

Why the Armenian Spring Is Not Maidan 2.0

Samuel Ramani | Posted 07.03.2015 | World
Samuel Ramani

While the trajectory Armenia will take still remains unclear, Sargasyan's best hopes for survival depend on using limited repression and to deter an aggressive Russian response by emphasizing the domestic undercurrents of the current protests.

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.

Note to Ukraine: Time to Reconsider Your Historic Role Models

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

As the country seeks to sort out the post-Maidan milieu, Ukraine must also wrestle with its thorny political history. Who are the most important historic role models worthy of praise and emulation? At this point it's too early to say who will win this contested battle over Ukrainian history.

More Than a Year after Annexation, Crimean Tatars Need Allies

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 07.01.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Amidst all the media frenzy surrounding Putin's nefarious destabilization efforts in Eastern Ukraine, other issues of vital importance have gone ignored.

Ukraine: Developing an Authentic 'Counter-Culture' Will Be Difficult

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 06.27.2015 | Arts
Nikolas Kozloff

As an idealist, I always like to assume that radical revolutions will inevitably cultivate a kind of "counter-culture" in opposition to the establishment and prevailing norms. Take, for example, the Mexican Revolution with its mural art, or even the Russian Revolution.

Russia-Ukraine Conflict 101

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 05.28.2015 | World
Fran Moreland Johns

If it's possible to condense the incomprehensibly complex Russia/Ukraine conflict into one coherent hour, Matthew Rojansky can do it. Rojansky, Director of the Kennan Institute, and an expert on the region, proved that in a recent presentation at San Francisco's Commonwealth Club.

Ukraine: What's the Role of Religion in Post-Maidan Milieu?

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 05.26.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

While many have sought to interpret the overall political meaning of Maidan square, few have dwelled upon underlying religious connotations. To be sure, Ukraine isn't as religious as Russia, but nevertheless the Church plays a significant role in society.

Ukraine: Will Maidan Spark a Revolution in Gender Equality?

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 05.16.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Maidan, however, broke down gender stereotypes in important ways. Though women took on some traditional roles, they also shook up the status quo by directly participating on the front lines.

Interview With Prominent Putin Critic Bill Browder, CEO of Hermitage Capital Management

Samuel Ramani | Posted 05.13.2015 | World
Samuel Ramani

Browder was the largest foreign investor in Russia until 2005, when he became blacklisted from Russia as a "threat to national security." He has since emerged as one of Putin's most strident critics, and a prominent human rights activist.

How Venezuela Will Be the Ukraine of 2015

John A. Tures | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

A focus on the Middle East, Russia and East Europe, and East Asia is always warranted. But it would be a mistake for the United States to ignore events in its own hemisphere, especially as we've seen what happens when a problem isn't addressed until it is too late.

Welcome to Ukraine: Wild West of Populist Politics

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 05.06.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

In the wake of revolution and the midst of war, Ukrainian politics is becoming increasingly more volatile. Intent on proving their anti-establishment bona fides, public figures are turning to firebrand populism in an effort to bolster their own "authenticity" and folksiness.

Ukraine: Insider Oligarchs Derail Maidan Revolution

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 04.30.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

In the midst of war and heightened nationalism in Ukraine, many demonstrators who participated in protests at Maidan Square just one year ago are gripped with a profound sense of shock and wonder what has happened to their country.

Ukraine, the Theater, and Their Echoes

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 04.26.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

It has been a year, almost to the day, since the revolution in Ukraine overthrew the corrupt, tyrannical, and, in its last days, murderous regime of Viktor Yanukovych. To mark the anniversary of that event, President Petro Poroshenko invited me to the Kiev National Opera to perform my play, Hôtel Europe.

Can Minsk 2.0 Save Ukraine?

Yulia Tymoshenko | Posted 04.25.2015 | World
Yulia Tymoshenko

KYIV -- What happens in Ukraine -- not the financial standoff with Greece -- will be the ultimate test of whether European and transatlantic unity endure. The fault lines extending from Ukraine are undermining the fundamental values that have underpinned Europe's postwar peace and prosperity. Failure to defend those values in Ukraine will cause them to unravel far beyond our borders.

Putin, Al-Sisi, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Holocaust Remembrance

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

In another of his pleasant encounters with world leaders, Russian president Vladimir Putin went to Egypt on February 8, staying until February 10.

Welcome to Ukraine: One of the 'Biggest Kleptocracies in the World'

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 04.17.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

For Ukrainians, corruption is one of the most pressing problems facing society today. According to the Economist, "weak institutions, low morale, and an underdeveloped sense of public service have made everyone liable to corruption over Ukraine's entire post-Soviet history."

Coming of Age: Ukraine's Maidan Student Generation Assesses Next Moves

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 04.07.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

One year ago on Maidan square, Kiev's young generation played a pivotal role in protests which eventually managed to topple the unpopular government of Viktor Yanukovych.

Maidan One Year Later: What Happened to the Social Component?

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 03.30.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Amidst increasing hostilities in Ukraine, many of the social aims of the Maidan revolution could be lost or simply forgotten. That, at least, is the impression I got from speaking to activists on the independent left circuit, not to be confused with the old Soviet and authoritarian left.

U.S. Loses by Treating Russia as an Enemy

Doug Bandow | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

While avowed critics of social engineering at home, most conservatives believe the U.S. government can remake foreign societies abroad. It's a dangerous delusion. In pursuit of their interventionist fantasies, they are prepared to waste scarce financial resources, entangle the U.S. in foreign quarrels, and risk war with nuclear-armed powers.

In Midst of War, Ukrainian Political Left Ponders Next Moves

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 03.07.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Beneath wonky geopolitical chatter, Ukraine's independent left -- which must be distinguished from the old guard communist left -- is pushing its own political agenda. How can such forces overcome right-wing nationalism, particularly in the midst of deadly military conflict in the country's eastern regions?