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Cold War II?

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Russia's annexation of Crimea shows that Vladimir Putin is ready and willing to upend the post-Soviet international order and challenge Europe on its own doorstep. How far will Russia's president push, and how far is the West willing to go to stem his ambitions?

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  1. Putin’s Brave New World
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    Putin’s Brave New World

    May 30, 2014 Andrei Piontkovsky explains why Russia's president will do whatever it takes to preserve his rule.

  2. Cold War or Cool Calculation?
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    Cold War or Cool Calculation?

    May 13, 2014 Ian Bremmer argues that the West should offer more carrots for Ukraine, rather than more sticks for Russia.

  3. Sanctions on the Installment Plan
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    Sanctions on the Installment Plan

    May 7, 2014 Marcin Święcicki recommends an incremental EU embargo on imports of Russian oil and gas.

  4. Europe’s Precarious New Normal

    Europe’s Precarious New Normal

    May 2, 2014 Erik Berglöf takes the measure of Central and Eastern Europe – and Ukraine – ten years after EU accession.

  5. Europe’s Act in Ukraine’s Tragedy

    Europe’s Act in Ukraine’s Tragedy

    Apr 28, 2014 Joschka Fischer backs a Polish proposal for a European energy union to diminish Russia's power peacefully.

  6. Alarm Bells in Asia

    Alarm Bells in Asia

    Apr 24, 2014 Brahma Chellaney identifies three wake-up calls that America's Asian allies have had in the last two years.

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    Fixing Our Public-Health Data Problem

    William A. Haseltine emphasizes the high costs of not having standardized protocols for collecting and sharing clinical information.
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    Uzbekistan’s Good Crisis

    Djoomart Otorbaev urges the country’s government to recognize the real causes of recent protests in Karakalpakstan.
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    Taking Back the Ocean, Inc.

    Alexander Kozul-Wright accuses the United Nations of perpetuating policies that are destroying Earth’s largest biosphere.
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    The Clean-Energy Race Is On

    Gernot Wagner

    While no legislation is perfect, the US Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 will be a game changer for the transition to clean-energy sources, both in America and around the world. By doubling down on forward-looking industrial policy, the US is suddenly poised to give Europe, China, and others a run for their money.

    shows how America's landmark climate legislation will trigger a cascade of economic and environmental benefits.
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    The Afghan Abyss

    Brahma Chellaney views last year's disastrous US withdrawal as just the start of a long series of policy blunders.
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    Bystanders No More

    Peter Singer urges citizens of rich countries to pressure their governments to provide sufficient aid to the world's poor.
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    What Was Different About the Latest Gaza Fighting?

    Shlomo Ben-Ami assesses whether Hamas's growing pragmatism will enable the negotiation of a durable truce with Israel.
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    What Does India Want from Russia?

    Sushanta Mallick & Brigitte Granville show how the Ukraine war is helping the country achieve significant – and advantageous – geopolitical autonomy.
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    How India Can Sustain Rapid Economic Growth

    Barry Eichengreen & Poonam Gupta say that the country's high GDP rate can be maintained only if structural reforms are swiftly implemented.

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