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Ukraine: Last Moves, First Moves

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Executive Summary The crisis in Ukraine is far from over. Crimea was an opportunistic move on the part of Vladimir Putin, but is representative of his larger ambition of rolling back the verdict of history at the end of the Cold War. Russia will continue to pursue the destabilization of Ukraine. In part, this will […]

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La Serenissima

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The citizens of the Italian region of Veneto voted overwhelmingly for independence from Italy in a non-binding referendum which will nevertheless send shock waves throughout Europe. The referendum, organized by the pro-independence organization “Il Veneto Decida” but not recognized by Rome, was held online between the 16th and 21st of March.  The organizers claim that […]

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Ukraine, Now For The Hard Part: Part Two – The Return of NATO

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My previous article explored the motivations and strategic priorities – geographic, economic, political and historic – that are driving Russian actions in Crimea. The need to keep Ukraine politically neutralized; the importance of Crimea and Sevastopol as a base for the Black Sea Fleet; the economic importance of the oil and gas pipelines through Ukraine […]

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Ukraine, Now For The Hard Part: Part One – Russian Reflections

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I was in the process of writing an article on EuroMaidan and the challenges facing the new Ukrainian government, when Mr. Putin decided to nip it in the bud by invading Crimea. I’m keeping the title, however, because it is more appropriate than ever. The first part deals with understanding Russia’s motivations and strategic goals […]

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John Adams

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