Monday, April 21, 2014
  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. The Sources of Russian Conduct

    Richard N. Haass

    The Sources of Russian Conduct


     thinks the West should revive the containment strategy that guided its policies during the Cold War.

    Newsart for The Sources of Russian Conduct safariman/Flickr

    The strategy needed to resist Putin’s efforts to expand Russia’s influence beyond its borders – and to induce change within them – resembles nothing so much as the "containment" doctrine that guided Western policy for the four decades of the Cold War. The sooner the West updates that doctrine, the better off everyone will be. READ MORE

  4. The Chernobyl Factor in the Ukraine Crisis

    Bennett Ramberg

    The Chernobyl Factor in the Ukraine Crisis


     calls attention to the dangers of fighting near nuclear power stations.

    Newsart for The Chernobyl Factor in the Ukraine Crisis marta przysiecka/Flickr

    Twenty-eight years after its Chernobyl nuclear plant blew up, Ukraine confronts a nuclear specter of a different kind: the possibility that its reactors could become military targets in the event of a Russian invasion. Moreover, warfare is rife with accidents and human error, any number of which could cause a meltdown. READ MORE

  5. The West’s Financial Arsenal

    Harold James

    The West’s Financial Arsenal


     warns that EU and US financial warfare against Russia could lead to the real thing.

    Newsart for The West’s Financial Arsenal Iain Browne/Flickr

    The revolution in Ukraine and Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea have generated a serious security crisis in Europe. But, with Western leaders testing a new kind of financial warfare, the situation could become even more dangerous. READ MORE

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