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Deja Vu in Kyiv? Well, Not Quite - Steven Keil, GMF

KYIV, Ukraine - Invoking Yogi Berra's overused quote may seem cliché, but for Kyiv watchers, it seems a bit like "déjà vu all over again." A continued stalemat...

Why Romania Is Suddenly Very Important to U.S. - George Friedman, GF

The ties have matured as the perceived Russian threat has increased following the events in Ukraine. What had been a minor courtship has evolved into a strategic alignment. The mos...

Sick of the Ukraine Crisis? Then Arm Ukraine - Alexander Motyl, New Atl.

Russia brazenly invaded Crimea and eastern Ukraine in complete violation of the memorandum. But the United States and the United Kingdom were also complicit in the breakdown of Bud...

Ukraine's Political Future Is Looking Grim - Kevin Lees, Suffragio

Never beloved, even among the pro-European Ukrainians who live in the country’s western regions and who resent Russian interference within their borders, Yatsenyuk’s go...

Putin's Government in Donbas - Paul Gregory, Project Syndicate

Russia has been highlighting the Kyiv government’s reluctance to implement the terms of Minsk 2, in order to drive a wedge between Ukraine and Europe. The Kremlin’s mes...

Most Recent Articles

The Toxic Coddling of Petro Poroshenko - Lev Golinkin, Foreign Policy

Only a sharp rebuke from the West can save Ukraine from itself now. Too bad that won't happen....

New Leadership, Same Old Ukraine - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

For all its outward displays of democracy, Poroshenko's Ukraine is increasingly just another post-Soviet state defined by the greed and ambition of its rulers....

From Dignity to Shame in Ukraine - Mikhail Minakov, Carnegie Europe

In the two years since Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity, or Euromaidan, Ukrainian politics has revealed its worst side: former corruption fighters have established their own f...

How Dutch Referendum Shows Russia's Power - Anne Applebaum, WaPo

No doubt some solution will be found, but whatever it turns out to be, it’s not as important as the lesson we’ve just learned: Small minorities of angry people, when we...

Ukraine on Fire - Anna Nemtsova, Daily Beast

KIEV — A pile of car tires is a strong symbol in post-revolutionary Ukraine. It is associated with unrest, crowds on the streets, clashes between riot police and protesters a...

Can Ukraine Achieve a Reform Breakthrough? - Chatham House

Ukraine’s weak institutions and its experience of 25 years of misrule since independence place an extraordinary burden on reformist forces. The pressures driving reform at pr...

The Dutch Are Right to Snub Kyiv - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

After two years of detailed, sympathetic media coverage of Ukraine's "Revolution of Dignity" and its subsequent efforts to leave the Russian orbit and reform the economy along Euro...

Euroskeptics to the Dutch: Dank Je Wel! - Judy Dempsey, Carnegie Europe

The Dutch referendum on April 6 was not only about a trade accord between the EU and Ukraine. It was also about Europe's future....

Dutch Deal a Body Blow to Dying European Union - Gerald Warner, CapX

In repudiating closer links with Ukraine the Dutch electorate has delivered a further body blow to the EU, already on the point of fragmentation under the strain of its toxic curre...

The U.S.S.R. Is Falling Apart Again - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

The frozen conflicts tend to reignite when the external influences that keep the situation in balance realign. In Nagorno-Karabakh's case, the new enmity between Turkey and Russia ...

The Implications of the Dutch No - Sijbren de Jong, New Eastern Europe

Why Ukraine? And Why do the Dutch care so much about a highly technocratic – and believe me (I’ve read it), quite boring – association treaty with Ukraine? Frankl...

In the Netherlands, Yet Another Inadequate EU Referendum - Guardian

A “no” vote would be an embarrassment for the Dutch government and it would damage the EU’s strategic choice of helping Ukraine stabilise, even if its political p...

Ukraine, the Dutch & the EU: The Stakes Today - P. Cleppe, Open Europe

Certainly, the Dutch government would have a big crisis on its hands, in the middle of its EU Presidency. Geert Wilders’ anti-EU formation Party for Freedom is already firmly...

How Ukraine's Military Will Defeat Russia's Rebels - Sam Bendett, RCW

Ultimately, it is not just the weapons, old or new, that will determine the success of Ukraine's military in its struggles against Russian-backed rebels. That success will depend o...

Dutch Get Second Chance to Snub EU - Laura Kroet, Politico EU

Referendums make the Dutch establishment nervous. Eleven years ago, the country rejected plans to give the EU greater powers through a European Constitution, embarrassing the gover...

The NATO Alliance Trump Doesn't See - Jackson Diehl, Washington Post

Georgia offers perhaps the clearest example of how the prospect of NATO membership and progress in consolidating democracy have been intertwined. In 2012, the pro-Western governmen...

Too Many Western Elites Agree With Putin on Ukraine - Rob Fulford, NP

There’s pathos as well as tragedy in Ukraine’s fate. It has lived in the shadow of Russia for so long that it lacks identity. At the moment several parties in the Ukrainian par...

Dutch Dissociative Disorder - Economist

The referendum is not binding, but the Dutch government will have to respond to the outcome. Rejection would hobble European diplomacy and suggest that the EU is too fractured to m...

It's Time for Ukraine to Be Bold - Alexander Motyl, World Affairs Journal

Each of these three variants has the inestimable advantage of giving Ukraine the initiative. Kyiv would propose bold solutions that are consistent with human rights and democratic ...

The Past and Future of Warfare in the FSU - Samuel Bendett, RCWorld

In the near future, Ukraine plans to conduct test launches of domestically produced ballistic missiles built without the involvement of foreign companies, said National Security an...

A Picture of Russian Patriotism - Lauren Goodrich, Stratfor

When the first Russian pilots returned to Voronezh air base as part of the recently announced military drawdown from Syria, they were greeted with a hero's welcome. Russian women i...

The Victory of Ukraine - Anne Applebaum, New York Review of Books

In the years since Ukraine declared independence in 1991, Hrushevsky has been rehabilitated. A major boulevard has been named after him in central Kiev—the same boulevard on whic...

Time for the West to Rethink Crimea - Doug Bandow, Forbes

The U.S. and Europe shouldn’t allow the perfect to be the enemy of the good in policy toward Russia. Maintaining economic sanctions won’t cause Moscow to transform itse...

Moscow's Ethnic Russian Card - Zakem & Saunders, National Interest

While protection of Russian compatriots in neighboring countries looks more like a political justification than a motive for Moscow’s seizure of Crimea and its intervention i...

The Obama Doctrine and Ukraine - S. Pifer & J. Herbst, National Interest

In an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic, President Obama laid out key elements of his approach to foreign policy. There is much in it with which one can agree. &ldquo...

Ukraine Example: Ditching Your Nukes Doesn't Pay - A. Umland, WAJ

Not everyone in Europe agrees with German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s recent description of Russia’s annexation of Crimea as “criminal.” Across the EU, Kreml...

Why Russia's Crimea Grab Worries Japan - David Kramer, American Int.

Faced with its own long-standing territorial issues with Russia, Japan under Shinzo Abe is holding a strong line against the illegal annexation of Crimea....

Replacing Yatsenyuk - Kyiv Post

President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk have lost their credibility. They did so by betraying the trust placed in them after the EuroMaidan Revolution that ...

The Rise of the Hybrid Warriors - Douglas Ollivant, War on the Rocks

None of these actors — ISIL, Hezbollah, or the Ukrainian separatists — can be classified as traditional insurgent groups, guerrillas, or terrorists. All three groups po...

Is Ukraine's Military Ready for a Fight? - Samuel Bendett, RealClearWorld

Two years ago, the Ukrainian military found itself badly outmatched and unprepared to fight Russian special forces who quickly took over the Crimean peninsula. They also struggled ...

Ukraine and the Russia-West Standoff - Stratfor

Stratfor Deputy Editor Lynn Wise and Eurasia Analyst Eugene Chausovsky discuss how the Russia-West standoff has developed in Ukraine and elsewhere in the former Soviet periphery....

Why Ukrainian Elections Would Be Scary - A. Karatnycky, Atlantic Council

The idea that reformers would score serious gains is contradicted by recent polling data. Ukraine’s electorate is deeply fragmented and support for populist and nationalist p...

Ukraine's Endless War - Anna Nemtsova, Daily Beast

Despite the supposed truce, the front moves back and forth, destroying civilian lives and property at every turn....

A Softer Iron Curtain Falls in Ukraine - Eugene Chausovsky, Stratfor

Ukraine's current conflict is not unique; it is merely the latest iteration of a dispute that has been playing out for centuries....

Russia's Hybrid War - Maxim Trudolyubov, New York Times

Almost anything Vladimir Putin touches these days is perceived by the West as a weapon, and almost everything he does is seen as an attack, very often a successful one. The Kremlin...

Robbed Blind - Kyiv Post

Viktor Yanukovych has triggered both of Ukraine’s two revolutions in the last decade. In the first peaceful one, the 2004 Orange Revolution, the public stopped him from claim...

Why Russia Stopped at Crimea - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

Putin has never been constrained by any threat of Ukrainian pushback. He doesn't want overt control of this or any neighboring country, just political and economic influence. In Uk...

Ukraine's Grim Slide - Walter Russell Mead & Damir Marusic, American Int.

Ukraine’s government was on the verge of collapse earlier today after two smaller parties quit the governing coalition in disgust following Tuesday’s failed vote to oust the un...

Take the Long View on Ukraine - The Guardian

Economic and political instability in Kiev is getting worse and Russia is poised to take advantage. But that’s no reason for doing nothing. On the contrary....

Don't Give Money to Ukraine for Nothing - Kyiv Post

The best news of the week came from Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, who warned Ukraine’s leaders that their failure to combat cor...

Technocrats Are Not the Answer for Ukraine - Christopher Miller, GMF

WASHINGTON - Just over a week ago, the dramatic resignation of Ukraine's respected economy minister, Aivaras Abramovicius - and his accusation that the country's leaders continue t...

Is Compromise Nearing in the Ukraine Conflict? - Stratfor

For Russia, getting sanctions removed is paramount. The drastic drop in global oil prices has caused Russia's budget, which depends on energy revenues, to shrink and its deficit to...

What Troubles Russia - Lili Bayer & Jacob Shapiro, Geopolitical Futures

Putin’s regime is in a relatively strong position domestically, but the Kremlin is highly aware that deteriorating economic conditions undermine its core social contract with...

The Dangers of a Self-Absorbed Europe - Ivo Daalder, Politico EU

For 70 years, starting with the Marshall Plan, the U.S has been committed to help build an open, cooperative, and ultimately united Europe — whole, free, and at peace. Russia pos...

Eastern Ukraine: A Theme-Park Ode to Soviet Glory - Daniel Metcalfe, NS

So completely is the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) in thrall to Russia that even its parliament has passed over its new flag for the tricolour of the Russian Federation, wh...

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