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A Russia Problem, Not a Putin Problem

Carnegie Corporation of New York | Posted 08.27.2014 | World
Carnegie Corporation of New York

It may remain true that there is much the two countries could do together, particularly over the long term. But shared interests will not be enough to bring the two countries together again. For the problem in relations is grounded in each country's sense of itself and its role in the world.

Why Sanctions Against Russia Might Backfire

Kimberly Marten | Posted 08.21.2014 | World
Kimberly Marten

The lesson from the past decade around the world is that the United States and its allies cannot control the internal politics of foreign countries. When they try, they often end up with a worse situation than they faced originally.

Real Punishment: Get Rid of Russia's Black Markets in Western Europe

Andrew Chrismer | Posted 08.22.2014 | World
Andrew Chrismer

A sanctions scheme designed to target and limit activity among the shadiest comrades within Russia could inadvertently increase their business opportunities in the well-established black markets operating throughout Europe.

Putin's Achilles' Heel: Tighter Energy Sector Sanctions

David Koranyi | Posted 08.19.2014 | World
David Koranyi

The EU and the United States need to adopt extended, better defined, and more comprehensive energy technology sanctions with urgency, especially if Putin decides to invade Eastern Ukraine under the pretext of humanitarian assistance.

Why Russia Could Invade Ukraine

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

The crisis in Ukraine continues to get worse against a backdrop of conflicting signals. Pro-Russian separatists have called for a ceasefire but Ukrainian forces continue to pound them in Donetsk.

New Level of Sanctions, or From Russia With Love

Evgeniya Melnikova | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Evgeniya Melnikova

These days, authorities in Russia are seriously considering the prospect of imposing an airspace ban against all European airlines that fly above the country, using Trans Siberian air route.

Officials: EU Adopts Tough New Sanctions Against Russia

AP | JULIE PACE and JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG | Posted 07.29.2014 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurred to action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tu...

John Kerry Accidentally Sanctions Self

Peter Van Buren | Posted 07.23.2014 | Comedy
Peter Van Buren

"I'm still not sure exactly what happened," said gaffe-prone, beleaguered Secretary of State John Kerry, "but I'm told I agreed to sanctions on myself."

Secretary Clinton's Bold Stroke

Sarah Stephens | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Sarah Stephens

Diana Nyad, America's most celebrated long-distance swimmer, tried and tried to cross the Florida Straits. On her fifth attempt, at age 64, she made it. If she runs for the presidency in 2016, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could echo if not exceed the scope of Ms. Nyad's achievement.

Marching on Moscow

Conn Hallinan | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Conn Hallinan

So why are the United States, the European Union (EU), and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) all on the road to the Russian capital? And exactly what are they hoping to achieve?

For the First Time in Years, Members of Congress Push Back Against Obama Administration's Failed Latin America Policy

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

In an election year in which there is nothing for politicians to gain from standing up to the bullies of the recently merged anti-Cuba and anti-Venezuela lobbies, this is significant. But even more striking were some of the points that the letter made about U.S. policy in the region.

Democrats Express Opposition To Venezuela Sanctions

AP | By BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fourteen Democratic members of Congress are voicing opposition to authorizing unilateral U.S. sanctions against Venezuela ahead of...

Nets' Oligarch Owner Leaves His Political Party, Rejoins Board of a Russian State Corp

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

Mr. Prokhorov and his political prospects remain unclear, which means the Kremlin can focus on using Mikhail Prokhorov's other talents, like diplomacy or business-savvy or New York residency.

Radio and TV Martí: Jammed in Cuba, Slammed by the U.S. Court of Appeals

Sarah Stephens | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Sarah Stephens

Last week, when the U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed a finding against the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the agency operating Radio and TV Mart...

Iran Says OPEC Needs to Make Room for Its Oil

Daniel J. Graeber | Posted 07.19.2014 | Business
Daniel J. Graeber

Iran is serious about achieving a position on the international stage that's reflective of its reserve potential, the country's oil minister, Bijan Zanganeh, told an international energy summit in Moscow.


John Friedman | Posted 07.08.2014 | Business
John Friedman

Global social media condemnation of the situation will not solve this problem and save these young women from a fate that can only be described as horrific.

Has Putin Been Manipulating Energy Prices?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.06.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The crafting of Putin's new Euro-Asian vision -- in effect a new "Greater Russia" assembled from the remnants of the old Soviet Union in Central Asia and Europe -- has been greased by a pipeline delivery system under the Kremlin's control.

Angela Driving

Jeff Danziger | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Russia: Sanctions Are Not a Solution!

Elena Ulansky | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Elena Ulansky

If America's goal is to force Putin to change his foreign policy, i.e. specially to direct Russian speaking Ukrainians to halt the violent actions they have taken; then West has to focus on what the benefit to Putin is if he does reverse his policy towards Ukraine.

Russia's Economy Is Already In Recession, According To The IMF

AP | By NATALIYA VASILYEVA | Posted 06.30.2014 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — The International Monetary Fund estimates that Russia's economy has already entered recession as fears of broad economic sanctions wei...

Ukraine Still Lives in a Man's World, Bans All Single Russian Men From Entry

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

Unlike the bloodless annexation of Crimea earlier this spring, a Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine may lead to a full-blown war between the countries, which neither Kyiv nor Moscow can afford to wage.

The Future of Ukraine -- Civil war?

Elena Ulansky | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
Elena Ulansky

The West has not given defensive arms to Ukraine. Instead, it imposed meaningless sanctions and despite its rhetoric it appears to be leaving Ukraine to its own devices to deal with the pro-Russian secession movement.

April Showers Hit Markets: Bring an Umbrella to Trade

Terry Connelly | Posted 06.11.2014 | Business
Terry Connelly

Forces at work from Tokyo to Kiev have been roiling the U.S. stock market for a couple of week. But the financial sushi that is now on the menu in Japan, and Russia's "Crimea of the Century" are only part of the story.

U.S. to Arm Ukraine? Is Senator McCain Correct?

Elena Ulansky | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics
Elena Ulansky

No one can pretend to read Putin's mind but one thing is a fact by now: economic sanctions so far have had little impact on Russian leader. Threatening more sanctions if Russia were to invade is not likely to prevent an invasion anymore than it did in Crimea.

"Consequences" for Russia's Aggression

David L. Phillips | Posted 06.09.2014 | World
David L. Phillips

Sanctions should not be seen as an instrument to punish Russia. However, a credible threat of sanctions can adjust Russia's approach.