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Ukraine's Future
Ukraine's Future
A Steep Climb Ahead

Former Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko’s icy assessment of the incoming Ukrainian government underlines the challenges ahead.

Ukraine's Future
Serious Policy-Making in Kiev

The new Ukrainian budget aims to rein in oligarchical corruption.

Ukraine's Future
Abkhazia Today, Donbass Tomorrow

With Monday’s deal between Russia and the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia, Putin has managed to take over a Russian-speaking piece of a neighboring country’s sovereign territory. Sound familiar?

Ukraine's Future
Ukraine’s Real Problem is Corruption

The problem of corruption runs so deep in Ukraine that it is a greater threat even than Putin’s tanks rolling over the border.

Ukraine's Future
Censorship and Repression in the New Ukraine

Ukraine is cracking down on pro-separatist views in ways that are frustrating Western hopes for the country’s post-revolution future. There is a lot of work to be done if the country hopes to apply for EU membership by 2020.

Ukraine's Future
Ukraine's Refugees and the Difficulties of State-Building

The refugee crisis caused by the war in Ukraine is a humanitarian disaster. And on top of that, it bodes ill for Ukraine’s state-building prospects.

Ukraine's Future
Fighting a Culture of Corruption

Bulgaria is the most dovish of all the European countries on Russia, according to a new report. Its dovishness has a lot to do with its cultural ties to Russia, which have also allowed Russian organized crime to get a solid foothold in state institutions. Is this what Ukraine will look like a decade down the line?

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Walter Russell Mead & Staff
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Eliot Cohen’s new book presents a nuanced and compelling defense of hard power.


Regular readers know the answer: not very effective at all.

Horn of Africa

…and that may not be such a bad thing.

The Inauguration

As Donald Trump takes the oath, an essay on the historical forces that have shaped this moment by Walter Russell Mead.


Clearly a lot of frustration for the outgoing American President has been stored up in the Russian psyche.

the roots of populism

If the term “intellectual” only encompasses thinkers on the Left, then it is only natural that right-wing populists would turn it into a slur.

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