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Russia and the West
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No Bailouts for Putin

Western governments should block private business from helping to finance Russian aggression in Ukraine and Syria.

Putin's Russia
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Countdown to the Winter Universiade Games—Oh Boy!

Moscow wins a gold medal in dysfunction.

Kleptocracy Watch
In Russia, Survival of the Most Corrupt

The U.S. should do more to let Russian pensioners know the Kremlin is too busy doling out billions to Putin and his buddies to give a damn about their welfare.

Battle for Ukraine
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The Best Ways to Help Ukraine

Scrap the Minsk agreement, hold the line on sanctions on Russia, and keep pressuring Ukraine’s leaders to clean up corruption.

The Obama Doctrine: Responses
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The Dangers of Presidential Clarity

President Obama’s words will make the world a more dangerous place.

Japan & Russia
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The Word in Tokyo: Crimea

Faced with its own long-standing territorial issues with Russia, Japan under Shinzo Abe is holding a strong line against the illegal annexation of Crimea.

Battle for Ukraine
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US Policy to Ukraine in Need of Urgent Fix

America’s paltry military aid to Kyiv is sending the wrong message to Ukraine—and to Putin.

After the deal
Human Rights in Iran: Overlooked for Too Long

How a regime treats its own people tells us a lot about whether it will abide by its international agreements.

Armed and Dangerous
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Seeing Putin for the Threat He Really Is

Many in the military correctly identify Vladimir Putin’s Russia as the number one threat to the United States. Why doesn’t the Obama Administration agree?

Russia and the West
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John Kerry’s Sochi Misadventure

The Secretary of State’s trip to Russia won’t solve any problems, and it makes the Obama administration look weak and desperate.

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France 2017

The unpredictable French presidential election has taken a new turn in favor of independent candidate Emmanuel Macron.

Asia's Game of Thrones

China has almost finished building structures intended to host surface-to-air missiles on its artificial islands in the South China Sea.

Higher Education Watch

The campaign for more intellectual diversity in higher education just got an eloquent and influential new champion.

Survey Says

But do shifting American attitudes portend a lasting realignment?

the future of retirement

Our elites don’t feel a sense of urgency about entirely predictable problems that threaten to devastate the middle class.

Trump Ties

Dmitry Firtash, a Ukrainian oligarch with ties to former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, could soon face extradition to the U.S. on bribery charges.

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