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Russia-Ukraine Conflict 101

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 03.30.2015 | 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 03.27.2015 | 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 03.17.2015 | 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 03.13.2015 | 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 03.11.2015 | 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 03.06.2015 | 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 02.28.2015 | 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 02.24.2015 | 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?

Ukraine: What Is the Position of Ethnic Minorities? An Activist Speaks

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 02.18.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

For the most part, ethnic minorities of Transcarpathia have gotten along with each other in recent years, though the area's delicate social balance could be upset by outsiders like Putin and his nationalist right wing allies in neighboring Hungary.

Putin Defends Russia's Aggressive Foreign Policy

AP | LAURA MILLS and NATALIYA VASILYEVA | Posted 02.03.2015 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will defend its geopolitical interests, President Vladimir Putin warned Thursday as he promised economic reforms to pull his co...

Note to Ukraine: Time to Reconsider Your "Cossack" Pride

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 01.25.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Confronted with an existential threat in the form of Vladimir Putin, Ukraine is embracing patriotism and, in some cases, nationalist symbolism. In Uk...

See What Ukrainians Have Done To Their Ousted President's Opulent Palace

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 11.22.2014 | World

As crowds of Ukrainian protesters seized control of the public spaces and government buildings in Kiev this past February, embattled former President ...

The World's Leaders Are Failing To Curb Corruption. Here's Why

Frank Vogl | Posted 11.21.2014 | Crime
Frank Vogl

Rogue current and former dictators and global bribe-paying giant corporations are enjoying levels of impunity, which only encourage international corruption and money laundering. The G20 needs to use this event to forcefully declare "NO IMPUNITY."

Ukraine's Zoos Need Urgent Help Before Winter

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 11.17.2014 | Green
Andrea Chalupa

After a popular uprising toppled Viktor Yanukovych in February, Ukrainians touring his most lavish palace finally got to visit their ex-president's private zoo. In this sprawling compound just outside Kyiv, built with stolen tax payer money, there are over 2,000 animals.

Ukraine -- the World Is Watching

Henryk A. Kowalczyk | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Henryk A. Kowalczyk

Shortsighted experts and commentators in the West naively believe that giving Russia one more piece of Ukrainian territory will resolve the problem. It would if this was the Russia's objective.

Legal 'Pussyrioting' Lives on in Another Russian Court Blunder

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

The Hatchet may be on the opposite end of the political spectrum from the ultra-liberal feminists of Pussy Riot, yet like the women he was silenced for exercising Russia's constitutionally protected right to free speech.

What Really Motivated Russia's Foray Into Ukraine

Ryan Rappa | Posted 08.09.2014 | World
Ryan Rappa

Like most news coverage in general, most coverage of the Ukraine situation so far has been convoluted, disjointed, and missing the big picture. As a result, fears about Russia's propensity to invade other countries have been overblown.

REPORT: 121 Died During Ukraine Protests

AP | Posted 04.15.2014 | World

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations say in a report on the human rights situation in Ukraine that corruption, a lack of independence of the judiciary a...