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NATO NATIONS URGED TO BOOST UKRAINE SUPPORT, STAND FIRM ON RUSSIA

Nov 24th, 2014 | By

The Hague, 23 November 2014 – NATO nations must boost support to Ukraine and take a firm stance with Russia as a ‘very difficult winter’ looms for the government in Kyiv, parliamentarians and experts warned Sunday at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s Annual Session. In a draft resolution adopted by the assembly’s Committee on the Civil…


Putin’s New Nostalgia

Nov 11th, 2014 | By

Timothy Snyder November 10, 2014 As Russian military convoys continue the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Vladimir Putin has chosen to rehabilitate the alliance between Hitler and Stalin that began World War II. Speaking before an audience of Russian historians at the Museum of Modern Russian History, Putin said: “The Soviet Union signed a non-aggression agreement…


The Ukrainian Situation: An Interview with Dr. Lada Roslycky

Nov 11th, 2014 | By

Lada L. Roslycky LL.M. Ph.D. is an independent consultant with over 15 years of experience working in Euro-Atlantic integration, democracy building and international security. Her special interests include international networking, international law, the international criminal court, strategic planning, media, intelligence analysis, security studies, electoral systems and international human rights. Situation in Eastern Ukraine Ian Litschko:…


How to Beat Down a Bully

Aug 18th, 2014 | By

There’s only one way to stop Putin’s ugly new doctrine of irregular intervention — hit back even harder. By Jefferey A. Stacey, John Herbst August 16, 2014 The international community is at long last beginning to take a strong stand against Moscow’s aggression in eastern Ukraine. There is solid evidence indicating not only that Malaysia…


Thoughts from Kyiv – 14.08.2014

Aug 15th, 2014 | By

Thoughts from Kyiv is brought to you by Mychailo Wynnyckyj, Associate Professor of the Department of Sociology and Kyiv-Mohyla Business School, Director of the Doctoral School, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”. Below are his thoughts and writings on the situation in Ukraine. “Putin has monkeys in his head!” “No he doesn’t – they’re mushrooms!” This…


Thoughts on Putin – 15 July 2014

Jul 15th, 2014 | By

I’ve spent the past week in Canada visiting my elderly parents. Other than having to deal with jet lag, I’ve also experienced a degree of culture shock: for the average Canadian, the situation in Ukraine is very distant indeed. For Ukrainian-Canadians who I would classify as intellectuals, the ongoing war in the Donbas is more…


Shakeup Highlights Putin’s Internal Challenges

May 15th, 2014 | By

Wednesday 14 May 2014 by Andrew Monaghan The Ukraine crisis, the escalating tension between Russia and the West and Putin’s rising popularity dominate the media narratives about Russia in the West. At the same time there are important developments taking place that some Russian commentators suggest may be a prelude to wider changes in how…


The Man Who Stood Up to Putin

May 10th, 2014 | By

How Russia’s ‘biggest cheerleader’ became the Kremlin’s fiercest critic and persuaded Congress to roll the White House on sanctions. By Matthew Kaminski Two members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot hit Capitol Hill this week. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, who were jailed for nearly two years after performing an anti-Kremlin “punk prayer” in…


Responding to Putin’s Latest Ruse

May 9th, 2014 | By

Friday 9 May 2014 by James Nixey, Head, Russia and Eurasia Programme The West should not be fooled by Vladimir Putin’s so-called U-turn over Ukraine. To respond, Western governments need to be clear about both Russian motives and perceptions and their own vested interests. Much is being read into Vladimir Putin’s latest move, following his…


How Putin Is Reinventing Warfare

May 7th, 2014 | By

Though some deride Russia for backward thinking, Putin’s strategy in Ukraine betrays a nuanced understanding of 21st century geopolitics. Peter Pomerantsev May 5, 2014 The Kremlin, according to Barack Obama, is stuck in the “old ways,” trapped in Cold War or even 19th century mindsets. But look closer at the Kremlin’s actions during the crisis…