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The Obama Doctrine: Responses
The Dangers of Presidential Clarity

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

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Japan & Russia
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.

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Battle for Ukraine
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.

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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.

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Armed and Dangerous
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?

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Russia and the West
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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Democracy and Human Rights
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.

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Russia and the West
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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A Conversation with Estonia's President
“We Have Allowed Aggression to Stand”

The Transatlantic community paved the way for Russian aggression well before the Ukraine crisis, says Estonia’s President, Toomas Ilves.

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The Caucasus
Time for Sanctions on Baku

As the West has turned its attention to the Islamic State and the Ukraine crisis, the government of President Ilham Aliyev has expanded its crackdown on dissenting voices in Azerbaijan with harassment, threats, beatings, and arrests. Even American citizens and international NGOs have bet caught up in the widening net of repression. These actions demand a response.

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