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...

Eastern Ukraine Is on the Brink of an Environmental Disaster

April 30, 2019

War-ravaged eastern Ukraine is facing an ecological disaster that could become a “second Chernobyl.” When it comes to US provision of weapons to foreign fighting forces, there is no shortage of unintended and dangerous consequences. From Libya and Iraq to Afghanistan and Mexico,...

Western Sanctions Are Driving Russia’s Focus on the Middle East

April 15, 2019

With the MENA region quickly becoming Russia’s most profitable destination in terms of exporting arms, the correlation of foreign policy interests is clear. Involved in armed conflicts on two fronts, in eastern Ukraine and Syria, the Russian Federation’s dual campaigns are often closely...

The Case for Better Deterrents for Russian Hostilities in Ukraine

November 28, 2018

Ukraine’s democratic progress is fragile, and there is a risk that domestic opposition could manifest itself in an ugly manner independently of Russia. Russia’s November 26 attack on the Ukrainian navy in the Kerch Strait off the coast of Crimea, followed by Kyiv’s imposition of martial...

Separatist Leader’s Assassination Exposes the Complexity of the War in Ukraine

September 05, 2018

The saga of the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Luhansk demonstrates the oft-proven scenario that separatist regions reliant on an outside power are difficult to govern and manage. On August 31, breaking news from Donbass flowed in quickly, but developments from the region no longer...