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Russia's Ukraine Gamble Rolls On

London Evening Standard

Why Putin Loves World War II

Tikhon Dzyadko, The New Republic

Why the West No Longer Exists

John Hulsman, City AM

There's No Choice: Putin Must Lose

Thomas Friedman, New York Times

US Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Ukraine today marks the latest ratcheting up of the crisis that has gripped the country since the overthrow of its government in Februa...(full article)

The Great Patriotic War, which cost the USSR nearly 30 million lives, has touched nearly every Russian family in some way, and it is the main—if not only—connecting thr...(full article)

WHATEVER the final outcome of the violently simmering crisis in Ukraine, and however likely it is that that embattled state will remain caught in Russia’s crushing embrace, t...(full article)

It would have been nice if we could have forged a compromise with President Vladimir Putin of Russia that would have allowed Ukraine to gradually join the European Union and not th...(full article)

In his brief conversation with me, Westerwelle indicated that he has joined the ranks of the Putin understanders. “No other country had more victims in World War II than the ...(full article)

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The Problem with the New Isolationism - Cathy Young, Time

Obviously, the U.S. should tread carefully in using its muscle in foreign conflicts, especially when there may be no best-case scenario in sight and no minimally reliable friends. ...

Stopping Russia Starts in Syria - Anne-Marie Slaughter, Project Syndicate

The solution to the crisis in Ukraine lies in part in Syria. It is time for US President Barack Obama to demonstrate that he can order the offensive use of force in circumstances o...

Russia Displays New Military Prowess in Ukraine - Michael Gordon, NYT

Secretary of State John Kerry has accused Russia of behaving in a “19th-century fashion” because of its annexation of Crimea. But Western experts who have followed the success...

Putin's Empire of the Mind - Mark Galeotti & Andrew Bowen, Foreign Policy

How Russia's president morphed from realist to ideologue -- and what he'll do next....

Nationalism, Not NATO, Is Our Great Ally - Patrick Buchanan, Creators

Putin knows that his own popularity, near 80 percent, is due directly to his being seen as a nationalist willing to stand up to the Americans and their claim to be sole architects ...

Why Russia's Zuckerberg Is Leaving - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

It took the man known as "Russia's Zuckerberg" fewer than six weeks to go from extolling the virtues of his country's business environment to emigrating, possibly never to return...

While We Praise Restraint, Russia Builds Empire - Adam Michnik, TNR

Today the world is watching Ukraine and Russia. And the two countries are going in opposite directions: Ukraine has chosen the European Union, democracy, human rights, and the ma...

Putin the Terrible - Steve LeVine, Quartz

To decipher what president Vladimir Putin wants, a strong hint comes in his frequent allusion to Russia’s past—he seems to be seeking to reprise what he sees as his country’s...

Ukraine's Renewed Offensive in East - Noah Rayman, Time

Ukraine’s acting prime minister called Tuesday for security forces to resume “counter-terrorism” operations in eastern Ukraine after two bodies, including one of a local poli...

Snowden Camp Regrets Putin Appearance - Noah Shachtman, Daily Beast

NSA leaker Edward Snowden instantly regretted asking Russian President Vladimir Putin a softball question on live television about the Kremlin’s mass surveillance effort, two sou...

What Putin Is Costing Russia - Ilan Berman, Wall Street Journal

Just how much is Vladimir Putin's Ukrainian adventure actually costing Russia? Quite a lot, it turns out. New statistics from the Central Bank of Russia indicate that almost $51 ...

We Mess with Europe's Borders at Our Peril - Chris Huhne, The Guardian

One of the greatest problems with foreign and defence policy is understanding the real motives for a state's action. No one knows Vladimir Putin's real intentions over Ukraine ...

Is Moldova Next on Putin's Hit List? - Jeffrey Goldberg, Bloomberg View

The U.S., which has only recently woken to the threat facing Ukraine, has been even slower to appreciate Moldova’s equally precarious position. Barack Obama's administration is m...

Mystery of Ukraine's Anti-Semitic Pamphlet - Frida Ghitis, Miami Herald

The headline shouted, “All citizens of Jewish nationality!” The document ordered all Jews over the age of 16 to register or face deportation, calling them “hostil...

Putin's Insidious Allies in the EU - Paul Hockenos, Boston Review

Logically, the crisis in Ukraine and Russia’s de facto annexation of Crimea should make every European fortunate enough to live in the European Union (EU) extraordinarily gra...

Vladimir Putin's Totally Badass Year - David Rothkopf, Foreign Policy

Try and tell me the Russian president isn't winning … for now....

How Russia Is Splitting the EU - John Bruton, Irish Times

Russia’s tactics in annexing Crimea and destabilising Ukraine have torn up the assumptions on which the relationship between the West and Russia had been based since the end ...

How America Lost Vladimir Putin - Rohde & Mohammed, The Atlantic

A rupture between Russia and the West, 14 years in the making...

Putin's Westward March - Wall Street Journal

Diplomacy is useful when it prevents bad outcomes. The problem with diplomacy as practiced by President Obama is that it too often is a mask to disguise bad outcomes. The latest ex...

New World Order Looks Much Like the Old Order - Janet Daley, Telegraph

Here we are again, facing Russia across the barricades. How did that happen? Only five minutes ago, the West was celebrating the collapse of Soviet communism: a historic victory wh...

Russia's Islamist Insurgency Is Still Raging - Peter Marzalik, EurasiaNet

In case you forgot, Russia still has a raging Islamist insurgency that is getting possible worse....

Time to Grab Putin By the ... Roubles - Simon Heffer, Daily Mail

It will hurt. Good....

Obama Settles on His Anti-Putin Strategy - Peter Baker, New York Times

President Obama is focused on isolating Russia by cutting off its economic and political ties to the outside world, limiting its expansionist ambitions and effectively making it a ...

Russia Accelerates Its Asia Pivot - Zachary Keck, The Diplomat

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered that a special economic zone in the Far East be established as part of a broader effort to increase Moscow’s economic integration i...

So Much for Solving the Ukraine Crisis - The Economist

HOPES that an accord struck on April 17th in Geneva between Ukraine, Russia, America and the European Union would lead to a swift resolution of the Ukrainian crisis have been swift...

The World According to Putin - The Guardian

President Vladimir Putin does not like Bolsheviks. Stalin was among those who divided up the Russian lands in stupid ways in the 1920s, Khrushchev inexplicably incorporated Crimea ...

Bizarre Sci-Fi a Window into the Kremlin? - Yuliya Komska, Pac Standard

Over the past five years, Vladimir Putin’s presidential aide has been publishing fiction under an alias. Desperate for answers, commentators are trying hard to find some meaning ...

U.S., EU, Russia Strike a Balance on Ukraine - Washington Post

The deal promises to arrest what had looked like an accelerating slide into anarchy or even civil war in eastern Ukraine. As Secretary of State John F. Kerry pointed out, so far it...

Czar Vlad Is Changing the Rules of the Game - Jeff Simpson, Globe & Mail

Czar Vladimir wants to change the map of Eastern Europe, and perhaps other areas contiguous to Russia. His actions challenge the assumption that Great Power rivalry in Europe was ...

Russia Must Honor Deal or Face Harsh Sanctions - Toronto Star

A deal in Geneva aims to disarm the Kremlin’s shadowy agents in Ukraine and restore law and order, averting calamity....

To Save Ukraine, We Must Call Putin's Bluff - Andrew Wilson, Telegraph

Russia’s bellicose president Vladimir Putin is not in quite as strong a position as it may appear and has unleashed forces he might not be able to control....

Putin, Like Obama, Must Be Called Out on Spying - Ed Snowden, Guardian

I questioned the Russian president live on TV to get his answer on the record, not to whitewash him....

How to Defang Russia, China - Christian Science Monitor

In Obama's coming visit to Japan, and Biden's to Ukraine, the US can counter the territorial aggression of Russia and China by affirming the power of alliances based on universal i...

Edward Snowden: Putin's Useful Idiot - Robert Tracinski, The Federalist

Snowden just got a lesson in his propaganda value when he was invited to appear by video during a television interview with Vladimir Putin to ask whether Russia engages in mass s...

Putin's Men in Ukraine Won't Make a Deal - Anna Nemtsova, Daily Beast

A dozen men in motley apparel gathered in a quiet office on the 5th floor of what used to be a state administration building in eastern Ukraine, but is now called the headquarter...

Unleashing the Socks of War - Jonah Goldberg, National Review

In a sense, arguing with the Russian bear is like arguing with a real bear. No matter how eloquently you explain to the bear that it should not eat your face, it’s going to eat...

Does Ukraine Exist? - Seth Mandel, Commentary

The latest reporting out of Ukraine is a good demonstration of just how much Vladimir Putin has accomplished without the kind of military incursion he sent into Georgia in 2008. ...

Washington's Biggest Strategic Mistake - Ted Galen Carpenter, TNI

The United States is on the brink of committing a cardinal sin in foreign policy: antagonizing two major powers simultaneously. There are frictions in bilateral ties with both Mo...

Is Confrontation with Russia Inevitable? - Fareed Zakaria, Global Public Sq.

Over the past 2 months, we have watched what has looked like a minor version of the Cold War ramp up between the West and Russia. And it has left many people wondering, "How did ...

'Novorossiya' Is Back from the Dead - Christian Caryl, Foreign Policy

"Novorossiya." I'd heard the term before -- but mainly in history books that described the 18th-century Russian wars against the Ottomans that resulted in the Russian Empire's expa...

Putin's Plan to Repel the West - Ivan Krastev, Foreign Affairs

Russia's aggression in Ukraine should not be understood as an opportunistic power grab. Rather, it is an attempt to politically, culturally, and militarily resist the West. Russia ...

Why Obama Can't Explain His Foreign Policy - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

Obama has good realistic instincts, but thus far he doesn't have a strategy that he has been able to explain to the public. And without a strategy he loses influence, since power i...

Ukraine Crisis Leaves Germany Weaker - Ulrich Speck, Carnegie Europe

The Ukraine crisis, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently remarked in the German parliament, really is a conflict between two worlds. On the one hand are the "postmodern" pol...

Vladimir Putin's New Kind of War - Anne Applebaum, Slate

Forget D-Day or "shock and awe." The Kremlin is reinventing invasions with thugs, criminals and lies....

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  • Population: 142,008,000 (9th)
  • Area Size: 6,592,800 sq mi (1st)
  • GDP: $1.78 trillion (8th)
  • Currency: Ruble (RUB)
  • Official Language: Russian
  • Capital City: Moscow
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