Thursday, April 17, 2014
  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Obama’s Quiet Offensive

    Samuel Charap

    Obama’s Quiet Offensive

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    &  on America's recent decision to bolster its role in defending NATO's Eastern European members.

    Newsart for Obama’s Quiet Offensive US Navy/Flickr

    The most significant outcome of US President Barack Obama’s recent visit to Europe was his announcement that a “regular NATO presence” would be established in Eastern and Central European NATO member countries. While the move is a response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine, it is in line with Obama’s long-term security strategy. READ MORE

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Cold War II?

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