Svante E. Cornell
Net Assessment
The Raucous Caucasus

The United States must restore its leverage and credibility in the restive region caught between Russia, Turkey, and Iran.

The Role of Ideology
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Terror in Stockholm

Last week’s terror attack in Sweden should raise important questions about how the West defines its enemies.

Kurds Rising
Selahattin Demirtas, co-chair of the HDP. OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images
Erdogan’s Approaching Downfall—and a Kurdish Revolution

Turkey must find a way to manage what amounts to a Kurdish revolution. Will it attempt to meet the Kurds halfway, or take a nationalist turn?

Georgia's New Crisis
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Is Georgia Slipping Away?

The sacking of Georgia’s pro-West Defense Minister and the resignation of its Foreign Minister has thrown the government into disarray and called into question the country’s Euro-Atlantic orientation.

After MH17
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No More Frozen Conflicts

In the wake of the Malaysia Air shoot down, Many Western leaders are calling for a ceasefire and a political solution to the conflict in Ukraine. They’re making a big mistake—one that could end up creating yet another “frozen conflict” along Russia’s periphery. The West should instead be helping the leadership in Kiev restore full sovereignty over Ukraine’s territory.

The Battle for Ukraine
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Crimea and the Lessons of Frozen Conflicts

Vladimir Putin’s manipulations in Ukraine show us that the West needs to pay more attention to frozen conflicts among Russia’s neighbors.

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Hugging the News Cycle
campus culture wars

An NYT op-ed proposes that rioters ought to be granted control over what events may and may not be held on college campuses.

Oh Snap

Is Shinzo Abe repeating the mistakes of Theresa May?

Setting Sun

President Trump now has the option to levy import tariffs on solar panels that caused “serious injury” to U.S. producers.

the new culture wars

The policy that set in motion a fierce culture war over young people, sex, and the meaning of consent is no more.

Rogue Nations

Trump’s simultaneous confrontation of Pyongyang and Tehran could have unintended consequences.

Pricing Carbon

Interest in cap and trade has waxed—not waned—after Trump’s decision to pull out of Paris.

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