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The West's Failure of Nerve - Stephen Blank, Atlantic Council

Poland and the Baltic states intend to ask NATO to station a battalion or even larger units on their territory. The Baltic states—Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania—want a brigade ...

The EU's Cynical Dismissals of Eastern Hopes - L. Bershidsky, Bloom-View

After two days, the Eastern Partnership summit that ended in Riga on Friday yielded a 13-page declaration and one insight: The European Union doesn't have much to offer to the six ...

Europe Stays the Course in the East - Carl Bildt, Project Syndicate

While the EU’s vision of “wider Europe” relies on soft power, economic integration, and long-term institution building, Putin’s “wider Russia” p...

Ukraine's Reckless Lenders Should Pay a Cost - Kyiv Post

Instead of governing responsibly to improve living standards for all Ukrainians, the disgraced former President Viktor Yanukovych borrowed heavily to keep Ukraine’s finances ...

Kerry Helped Free U.S. 'Spies' in Ukraine - Rogin & Lake, Bloomberg View

When Secretary of State John Kerry earlier this month was planning the first high-level talks between Washington and Moscow in years, he faced a problem: Two American aid workers w...

Putin Tries to Freeze-Frame Ukraine - L Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

We hadn't heard much from the separatists in eastern Ukraine lately, but this week they put forward proposals for the long-term status of those regions. These are mainly in line wi...

Most Recent Articles

A Neverending Crisis Hits Russia - Paul Roderick Gregory, Forbes

Former Russian prime minister Evgeny Primakov warned that, if Vladimir Putin continues his Ukraine policies, Russia will become a pariah third-world petro state. The fundamentals o...

Did Putin and Kerry Really Have Anything to Discuss? - J. Keating, Slate

So what exactly do the U.S. and Russia have to talk about? A State Department official downplayed expectations for the trip by describing it as an effort to “keep these lines...

My Ukraine - Chrystia Freeland, Brookings

A personal reflection on a nation's dream of independence and the nightmare Vladimir Putin has visited upon it....

Ukraine Needs Money More Than Sympathy - M. Adomanis, Moscow Times

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's recent video address to a Ukrainian donor conference was a handy illustration of the huge disconnect between Western words and deeds. Ukraine, Biden...

Little Evidence of Progress in Ukraine Crisis - Matthew Lee, AP

Despite a cordial atmosphere, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s meetings Tuesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his foreign minister produced little evidence of...

Has Putin Played All His Cards in Ukraine? - V. Frolov, Moscow Times

The Kremlin is desperately seeking Western help, even calling upon U.S. President Obama to join the Normandy format, to pressure Kiev to reintegrate the separatist republics into a...

An Interview With Donetsk's Rebel Leader - Christian Neef, Der Spiegel

The meeting takes place in an inconspicuous building on a commercial street in downtown Donetsk. There is no sign to indicate who resides behind the door where guards armed with au...

Putin Needs Neither War Nor Peace - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

Russia's toxicity for investors is suddenly so 2014. Western money is returning to Moscow's equity and bond markets, and private Russian companies are again able to borrow, albeit ...

Central Europe and Russia: It's Complicated - Ivan Krastev, NY Times

Has Moscow succeeded in splitting Central Europe into pro-Russian and anti-Russian camps? And can the European Union’s current consensus on Russia — and the Union itself — su...

Ukraine and Russia Could Help Decide Next U.S Pres - Kyiv Post

Ukraine and Russia could end up playing starring roles in deciding who will be the next president of the United States. Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party front-runner and forme...

Russia, China, and the Strength of Revisionism - Thomas Wright, TNI

It was relatively easy to oppose a return to spheres of influence when no other major power was actively trying to reconstitute it....

U.S. Boots Hit the Ground in Lviv - Jeffrey Mankoff, CSIS

Around 300 U.S. troops from the 173rd Airborne Brigade arrived in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv last week to begin training Ukrainian National Guard forces. Part of what is be...

An Unlikely Winner in the Ukraine-Gazprom Row - Stakhovsky, Oil Price

With the help of Ukrainian tycoon Dmitry Firtash, Turkmenistan,that unsung gas giant that boasts the world’s fourth largest reserves, could very be the clincher in securing U...

What the West Owes Ukraine - Anders Aslund, Project Syndicate

On April 28, Ukraine’s government will host a donor conference in Kyiv. At a time when the country’s leaders and public are more committed than ever to combating corrup...

Understanding What America's Enemies Fear - Steven Metz, WP Review

For American defense professionals, the 1990s now seem like a distant dream. The United States was fresh off a stunning military victory over Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s forc...

The U.S. and Russia: Stumbling to War - Allison & Simes, National Interest

Could a U.S. response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine provoke a confrontation that leads to a U.S.-Russian war?...

Kiev Is Thriving Again - Vitaly Klitchko, Wall Street Journal

In less than a year, order has been restored and reforms enacted to maintain in Kiev a free and fair business environment....

Kiev Is Getting Worse by the Day - Kyiv Post

Kyiv’s streets are getting meaner by the day, a predictable byproduct of more than a year of revolution and war in Ukraine....

The Deep Roots of the Ukraine Crisis - Richard Sakwa, The Nation

After more than a year of conflict, the causes of the Ukrainian crisis remain bitterly contested. As analysts and power brokers on both sides argue vehemently in favor of their own...

America's Failed Strategic Approach to Chaos - Anthony Cordesman, CSIS

The United States now faces a rapidly evolving world filled with new challenges at a time when real-world defense planning is focused on budget cuts, when U.S. "strategy" lacks pla...

Ukraine Cannot Be Poland - Judy Dempsey, Carnegie Europe

A new report on how to rebuild Ukraine's economy shows why Ukraine can't follow Poland's example. To ensure reforms succeed, Kiev must take on the oligarchs....

Oligarchs and Activists: A Ukrainian Tangle - M. Minakov, Moscow Times

Ukrainian civil society has become something of a paradox over the past year. Following former President Viktor Yanukovych's ouster in February 2014, civil society organizations su...

Why Ukraine Can't Break Its Russian Ties - Simon Shuster, Time

Having survived an assassin's bullet, a revolution and a war, Gennady Kernes now faces a fight over Ukraine's constitution...

Stop Russia's Indiscriminate Horrors in Donbas - Kyiv Post

One gets the impression that Russian citizen Arseniy Pavlov — better known as the warlord Motorola — finds it easy to kill human beings. “I don’t give a fu...

The 'Ukrainian Serengeti' - Dimiter Kenarov, Roads & Kingdoms

Viktor Gavrilenko charges across the Ukrainian steppe at nearly 60 miles an hour. His rickety, dark green Lada bounces wildly over the parched grass and kicks up clouds of dust as ...

Remembering the Maidan - Bernard Henri-Levy, Kyiv Post

I remember the Maidan on that beautiful Sunday in February 2014 when several hundred thousand citizens of Kyiv braved the cold and then-President Viktor Yanukovych’s militsiy...

Avoiding the Question of Kremlin Guilt on MH17 - Paul Gregory, Forbes

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT), comprised of investigators from Belgium, Australia, Ukraine, Malaysia and the Netherlands, is charged with bringing the “perpetrators of t...

Who Will Win the New Cold War? - George Bovt, Moscow Times

It looks like a new Cold War between Russia and the West is inevitable, even if the conflict in Ukraine remains "frozen" in its current form until at least this summer. It became c...

Russia's Next Phase in Its Hybrid War on Ukraine - M. Tucker, Newsweek

Pushing his baby daughter in a pram in front of him, 37-year-old Dmitriy Komyakov paused as marchers ahead adjusted their positions around a huge Ukrainian flag. It was a bright da...

In Ukraine, a Case Study of German Power - Ulrich Speck, Carnegie Europe

In the course of the Ukraine conflict that erupted in 2014, Germany has for the first time taken the lead on a major international crisis. The main center of Western action and coo...

Putin's War Has Become Putin's Crisis - John Lough, Newsweek

Russian President Vladimir Putin faces a formidable communications challenge because of the need to maintain domestic support for his actions in Ukraine—both among the elite ...

The Right Peace for Ukraine - Sergei Lyovochkin, RealClearWorld

"There was never a bad peace nor a good war," Benjamin Franklin once said. The Russian language version of this is somewhat more direct: Bad peace is always better than a good war...

The Darkest Ukrainian Winter - Samuel Bendett, RealClearWorld

Through a harsh winter, Ukraine is caught in a massive crisis. Chaos reigns in the capital as one government follows another, each unable to fully exercise its powers and enforce s...

Ukraine's Oligarchs Do Battle - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

As if its festering conflict with Russia and war-torn economy weren't enough, Ukraine is facing a growing self-inflicted problem: a showdown between the government in Kiev and an i...

The Story of a Russian Soldier in Ukraine - E. Kostyuchenko, The Guardian

Moscow denies its soldiers are crossing the border but 20-year-old conscript Dorji Batomunkuev, who was seriously injured near Donetsk, tells a different story. He talks to Elena K...

A Glimmer of Hope for Fighting Corruption in Ukraine - Am. Interest

Ukraine appears to have taken some very deliberate, forceful, and very welcome steps towards fighting the corruption that has been at the heart of its state since independence....

Putin's Come-Hither Smile to Greece - Mary Dejevsky, The Guardian

It is not hard to understand why the Greek prime minister’s office might have chosen the eve of Alexis Tsipras’s meetings in Berlin to remind Europe of his standing inv...

NATO Chief: Obama Isn't Stopping Russia - Yousseff & Mak, Daily Beast

The U.S. and its allies are giving nonlethal supplies to Ukraine—and punishing Putin financially. But that’s ‘not changing the results on the ground,’ NATO&...

Crimea Is Still Ukraine - Petro Poroshenko, Wall Street Journal

The Russian annexation has robbed Ukrainian citizens on the peninsula of the right to live in their own state....

Crimea: The Final Act of a Soviet Drama - Fyodor Lukyanov, Moscow Times

The one-year anniversary of the takeover of Crimea sparked renewed debate over what that means for Russia's history. Perhaps the main result is that it put a definitive end to the ...

Putin Is in Good Standing in Much of the World - Nikolas Gvosdev, WPR

How do the crisis in Ukraine and the political situation in Russia look when viewed through the prism of Chinese media? The familiar Western narrative of Russian President Vladimir...

IMF Gives Ukraine a Short Leash - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

As Ukrainian Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko travels to Washington, New York and London to try to persuade her country's creditors to take a haircut, she comes with a math problem...

Kiev, Munich and the History of Western Dishonour - Kolar & Mesik, PS

BRATISLAVA/PRAGUE – In 1938, when British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain returned from Munich proclaiming “peace in our time," Winston Churchill famously denounced the deci...

Russia Bleeds Itself Dry over Ukraine - Kirk Bennett, The American Interest

The war in Ukraine seems fated to be a drawn-out, lose-lose proposition. Paradoxically, notwithstanding the recent triumph of Russian arms in the Donbass—in fact, partly beca...

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