Monday, April 21, 2014
  1. Ukraine and Beyond

    Alexander Likhotal
  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

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Cold War II?

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