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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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Crisis in Ukraine
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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Malaysia Air Flight 17
Dealing with Putin the Pariah

The tragedy of MH17 should be a wake-up call to Western leaders to stop dragging their feet and take decisive action now.

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The Autocratic Model
Putin’s Russia: Enabler of Repression

The findings of Freedom House’s Nations in Transit report point to Russia’s role as model and enabler for Eurasia’s autocracies.

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Russia Sanctions
U.S. Must Move Now

Vladimir Putin made a small conciliatory gesture earlier this week on Ukraine, primarily aimed at stalling further EU sanctions against Russia. It appears to have worked: further European sanctions appear unlikely. President Obama, however, must not be fooled.

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