Wednesday, April 23, 2014
  1. Stopping Russia Starts in Syria

    Anne-Marie Slaughter

    Stopping Russia Starts in Syria


     on how US intervention in the Syrian civil war would alter Vladimir Putin's calculus in Ukraine.

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    The solution to the crisis in Ukraine lies in part in Syria. If US President Barack Obama demonstrates that he can order the use of force in circumstances other that secret drone attacks or covert operations, the result will change the strategic calculus not only in Damascus, but also in Moscow, not to mention Beijing and Tokyo. READ MORE

  2. The End of the New World Order

    Christopher R. Hill
  3. Putin’s Perilous Course

    Jeffrey D. Sachs

    Putin’s Perilous Course


     says that a Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine would have a devastating impact on Russia's economy.

    Newsart for Putin’s Perilous Course The White House/Flickr

    Following Russia’s forcible takeover of Crimea, it is almost unimaginable that normal economic relations between Russia and the West could survive a Russian invasion or annexation of another part of Ukraine. And, if the worst-case scenario materializes, as appears increasingly likely, Russia would be the long-term economic loser. READ MORE

  4. Europe’s Security Catalyst

    Ditmir Bushati

    Europe’s Security Catalyst


     advocates further institutionalization of NATO's relationships in Eastern Europe.

    Newsart for Europe’s Security Catalyst Jose Luis Celada Euba/Flickr

    Russia’s annexation of Crimea and threats against Ukraine are a reminder to the countries of Eastern Europe, particularly those in the Balkans, of NATO’s centrality to national – indeed, European – security. But maximizing NATO's effectiveness requires it to deepen its engagement with its most vulnerable members. READ MORE

  5. The End of the Two-State Solution

    Mohammed Ayoob

    The End of the Two-State Solution


     welcomes the collapse of an Israeli-Palestinian peace process that was all process and no peace.

    Newsart for The End of the Two-State Solution Marco Bottelli/Demotix

    US Secretary of State John Kerry’s valiant effort to save the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is about to end in failure. Though achieving a substantive settlement was always a pipe dream, this latest disappointment will render the US unable to prevent the emergence of a binational state, which might not be a bad thing. READ MORE

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Cold War II?

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