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Crisis in Ukraine
Crisis in Ukraine
Putin Throws Down the Gauntlet

With tensions rising, Putin appears to want to scrap Minsk 2 and work out a plan for Ukraine directly with the West, without Kyiv present at the talks.

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Ukraine’s Dire Financial Straits

Ukraine’s cash reserves are running very low, and one prominent economist cautions it not to waste that money on insolvent banks and gas bills in arrears to Moscow, no matter how much doing so will hurt.

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The Dangerous Mr. Putin

The problem with “accommodating” Russia in Ukraine is that Vladimir Putin’s goal is sowing chaos as part of a plan to hold on to power in the Kremlin.

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Stopping Putin’s Irredentist Project

The West is treating the fighting in eastern Ukraine as a sui generis crisis, rather than what it is: part of Putin’s larger strategy.

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Finlandization Is Not a Solution for Ukraine

The term “Finlandization” is making a comeback as a proposed remedy for Ukraine’s delicate position between East and West. A look back at Finland’s postwar experience shows us why this is a bad idea.

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Blurred Lines Between War and Peace

Ukraine, Russia, and the West all have their own reasons for not calling the ongoing conflict a war, just as they all have different views of what would constitute an acceptable peace.

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Ukraine Says Its Troops Closed Off Russian Border

Ukraine has announced that its troops have taken control of the whole Russian border, and Poroshenko has outlined his plan for peace. Meanwhile, more Russian troops are massing along the border.

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Putin's Tightrope Dance

If Kiev’s forces continue to retake the border, Putin will have to choose between increasing military support or watching Ukraine wear the rebels down. If he ups his support, he risks incurring painful sanctions from the West, but if the rebels lose, he’ll suffer a blow to his prestige at home.

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The End of Russia’s Isolation

The United States needs to step up its aid to Ukraine, and impose more sanctions on Putin’s regime—and it needs to do so with or without Europe.

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Obama Blinks

The President’s recent remarks at West Point show that he doesn’t understand the rules of the game he’s playing with Vladimir Putin in Ukraine.

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Putin's Retirement Plan?

The sanctioned Russian bank VTB, a Kremlin favorite, had a critical role to play in the sale of a government oil company stake last month. Cui bono?

the grass is always greener

The GOP has spent altogether too much energy raging against the Affordable Care Act and altogether too little developing and building support for alternatives.

Law & Order

A new study estimates just how much police reduce crime rates.

Crude Economics

It’s not enough to balance supply and demand—petrostates need to contend with crude in storage, as well.

Asia's Game of Thrones

Do the defense minister’s words signify a rift within Manila’s top leadership?

Post-EU

Over the weekend, PEOTUS assured Britain of a speedy bilateral trade deal as soon as he’s in office. If things go well for Britain, look to some other wavering EU countries to start looking at their options.

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