Could There Be War With Russia?

December 17, 2021

First, let’s be clear: Russia already invaded Ukraine. At the end of February 2014, Russian soldiers without insignia seized key facilities in Crimea and then helped secessionists in eastern Ukraine some weeks later. Crimea is now under Russian control and a civil war continues to flare up over...

The Response to Russia’s Brinkmanship Over Ukraine

December 16, 2021

The Russian military buildup along Ukrainian borders conducted over the last few months — similar to an escalation by Russia in April — has led to new direct talks between US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. The biggest fear in the West is whether...

The CIA Brings Havana to Ukraine

November 30, 2021

As The New York Times leads the way by favoring illusions that rely on accusing others of crafting illusions, The Washington Post innovates with its own version of the game. In an article titled “CIA director warns Russian spies of ‘consequences’ if they are behind ‘Havana Syndrome’...

Russia’s Actions Threaten OSCE Legitimacy

November 08, 2021

It is the ironic quandary of our time: As issues become more complex and more global, the channels for nations to talk to each other have narrowed, and international agreements have become more disposable. Nowhere is this erosion more evident than in the Organization for Security and...

Why Designating the Azov Movement as an FTO Is Ineffective

June 02, 2021

In early April, a member of the US Congress, Elissa Slotkin, sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken asking that 13 radical-right extremist groups and movements be officially designated as foreign terrorist organizations (FTOs) in the United States. This designation would, in theory,...

US, NATO and the Question of Russia

May 31, 2021

If the question of a rising China and its possible collision with the United States is a central issue in world affairs today, then the rivalry between Russia and the US is the most pressing security challenge in the European theater. From the second half of the Obama administration, through...

EU Concern Over Ukraine Is Not Enough

April 13, 2021

Hostilities between Ukraine and Russia reached an alarming level last week when further Russian troops were deployed on the Ukrainian border. Despite a statement from the Kremlin describing the act as “not threatening,” Kyiv accused Moscow of moving thousands of soldiers to its northern and...

Assessing the Tensions Between Ukraine and Russia

April 13, 2021

Sebastian Schäffer, the managing director of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) and associate fellow at GLOBSEC Policy Institute, touches upon the new level of hostility between Ukraine​ and Russia​ after the Kremlin deployed troops on the border.

Can Zelensky Win Ukraine’s War on Corruption?

November 03, 2020

While the Ukrainian military continues to fight Russian-backed separatists in the east, it was the country’s bitter war on corruption that has exploded back into the spotlight last week. The decision by Ukraine’s constitutional court to strike down elements of anti-corruption legislation has...

It’s Time the West Moved Past Its Misconceptions About Ukraine

August 18, 2020

My service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine between 2018 and 2020 allowed me to witness truly historic moments as they happened, whether it was the country’s biggest-ever Pride parade or the landslide election of a comedian to the office of president. Ukraine was host to the largest Peace...

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