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Trump’s Nuclear Offer to Russia

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Over the weekend, US President-Elect indicated his willingness to negotiate an end to Russian sanctions in return for a nuclear arms control agreement. This was ahead of a planned/not-planned meeting between the two leaders soon after the American Presidential Inauguration. With the typical vacuity of Mr. Trump’s policy statements, there were absolutely no details provided: […]

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Trump’s Russia Policy: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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Critics of Donald J. Trump point to his complete inexperience in foreign policy as one of his key weaknesses, and they have a point: Mr. Trump has no experience in this field and proudly admits it. This has not been a major issue for the American electorate; or perhaps it is more accurate to say […]

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Victory Day: A Window into Russia

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Yesterday was Victory Day in Russia, one of the most important celebrations in that country’s calendar. It marked the official end of the Second World War for the Soviet Union, the day the Nazi serpent was finally crushed under the iron boot of the gallant Red Army and the articles of surrender were signed in […]

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The Strange Naiveté of Paul Krugman

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The New York Times recently published an op-ed by Dr. Krugman titled: “Conquest is for Losers: Putin, Neocons and the Great Illusion”[1] in which he draws parallels between Vladimir Putin and American Neo-conservatives, warning that in both cases aggressive military action has weakened rather than strengthened their nations. The Princeton economist restates Norman Angell’s argument from […]

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Putin’s New “Afgantsy”

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Russian rights organization claims up to 15,000 Russian soldiers – three full brigades – are fighting in Ukraine. (1) The Union of the Committee of Soldiers’ Mothers has declared that there are “thousands” of Russian troops unofficially in Ukraine, despite overt threats from military authorities to mind their own business. The Committee was formed in […]

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Putin Lets the Other Shoe Drop

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There are times I would prefer not to be proven right. Back in March I wrote: “There is a second danger zone in August, when European leaders are too busy with their holiday plans to worry much about foreign affairs. When this window closes at the beginning of September, Ukraine begins to see light at […]

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Russia Turns South

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko cancelled a trip to Turkey and announced mandatory conscription as more Russian troops and vehicles crossed the border into Ukraine’s embattled province of Donetsk. Rather than heading straight towards the regional capital, these forces fired Grad rockets at the lightly armed border guards before turning towards Novoazovsk, the first town on […]

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Lend-Lease for Ukraine

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A Russian invasion of Ukraine has been underway for the past week. (1) While the infamous white trucks of the “humanitarian aid” convoy have been parked on the sides of roads near border crossing, those same border crossings have seen scores of Russian military vehicles pass by. These vehicles are all painted green: tanks, armored […]

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All Roads Lead to Russia

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The world is watching with bated breath as a Russian convoy of 280 trucks heads towards the Ukrainian border and the besieged city of Donetsk. Ostensibly filled with humanitarian aid – food, water, medicine – and under International Red Cross auspices, many people in the West fear that the convoy is merely a clever cover […]

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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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