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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.

Aftermath
Little Meat in Turkey-Russia Rapprochement

But this doesn’t mean the meeting was a failure. Far from it.

Slow Motion Divorce
EU-Turkey Migrant Deal on the Ropes

But the question that has started dawning on some people is: is the deal necessary in the first place?

The Fog of War
Will the Russians Try Another Land Grab in Ukraine?

Maybe. But the Kremlin stands to gain a lot more by staying put, at least for the time being.

Pivot to Russia
Erdogan to Meet Putin in St. Petersburg Tomorrow

Will the summit feature Ankara breaking from the West in a spectacular way? Probably not. But the meeting will still be consequential.

Middle East Meltdown
Obama’s Diplomatic Malpractice in Syria

Is this President Obama’s attempt to permanently sideline the United States from a leadership role in the Middle East? Or is the explanation more banal: an example of gross diplomatic malpractice?

Je Ne Regrette Rien
Boohooing Over Brexit?

Not quite, recent polls suggest.

Tit for Tat for Tit
Kremlin Paranoia Leads to Escalation in Spy War

A well-timed Washington Post bombshell has revealed just how wide the gulf is between Russia and the United States.

Spy vs. Spy
Why Russia Published Footage of an FSB Agent Beating an American in Moscow

Some might call it “dominance geopolitics”. Will the White House let it slide?

After Brexit
The Real Contours of the European Mess

Are we seeing the beginning of an Italian banking crisis?

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