Friday, April 18, 2014
  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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 Jonathan Khoo/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

  4. 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

  5. The Yalta Temptation

    Yuliya Tymoshenko

    The Yalta Temptation


     warns against Vladimir Putin's recent proposals for resolving the Ukraine crisis.

    Newsart for The Yalta Temptation EuropeanParliament/Flickr

    Ukraine is facing a new threat, in the form of a “peace offensive” – an old staple of Soviet diplomacy designed to undermine Western resolve. Vladimir Putin’s recent phone call to Barack Obama to seek renewed talks, followed by a Russian white paper on how to resolve a crisis of the Kremlin’s making, is in fact offensive to peace. READ MORE

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