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David J. Kramer
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.

Democracy and Human Rights
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The Wrong Decision on Egypt

With all eyes on Iran, few noticed the Obama Administration’s move to restore military aid to Egypt. This was a bad call, and a major blow to both human rights and stability in that country.

Russia and the West
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The Murder of Boris Nemtsov and Our Obligations

Speaking out against Russian human rights abuses from the safety of Washington is easy. Doing it in Russia is hard. Doing it even though no one seems to care takes a steeliness of nerve few have.

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Walter Russell Mead & Staff
The Costs of Traffic Accidents

Cheap fuel has put more people on the road, and traffic crash fatalities are skyrocketing. Self-driving cars can’t get here fast enough.

Tsai's Taiwan

Although Taiwan will never, on its own, be able to repel China, in some areas the military lacks even basic capabilities.

Pricing Carbon

The state’s carbon market is floundering, but that didn’t stop the legislature from moving to extend it.

Universalism vs. Pragmatism

Hungary’s PM stance on migrants has long given Brussels the vapors. His doubling down points to real trouble ahead for the EU.

Petrostates in Peril

The collapse in crude prices cut OPEC’s oil export revenues nearly 50 percent in 2015.

Checkbook Diplomacy

The Land of the Rising Sun may be stagnating, but it still has plenty of economic clout in its region.

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