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    Ukraine Fails to Make Shale Gas Breakthrough
    Jun04

    Ukraine Fails to Make Shale Gas Breakthrough

    Ukraine’s hopes to cut its dependence on gas imports from Russia through shale gas development have been dashed. The two multinationals that won government tenders to develop non-traditional gas deposits in Ukraine, Chevron and Shell, stopped their works last year, and there is no clarity about possible shale gas development in western...

    Does Russia’s ‘Hybrid War’ Really Exist?
    Jun04

    Does Russia’s ‘Hybrid War’ Really Exist?

    In the early stages of the Russian military operation to annex Crimea, in February–March 2014, the level of surprise triggered in Kyiv and in Western capitals caused many journalists and analysts to seek ways to conceptualize Russia’s military and security power. The success and speed of the operation, and especially the lack of any...

    Humiliation as a Tool of Blackmail
    Jun04

    Humiliation as a Tool of Blackmail

    Editor’s Note: This article was originally published at The American Interest. Russia today is a country trying to retain its great power status not by dint of success or dynamism or progress, but by cultivating a sense of grievance and resentment. Perhaps the most ominous expression of this Russian “humiliation syndrome” is to be found in...

    Soros Seeks to Expand War in Ukraine…Why?
    Jun03

    Soros Seeks to Expand War in Ukraine…Why?

    Hacked emails show billionaire George Soros is fighting to save the US-backed president of Ukraine. He promised President Poroshenko to call up US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and ask for some more money for Ukraine. He is demanding that the US start supplying weapons to Ukraine to attack separatists in the east. Tune in to the Liberty Report for...

    Stumbling towards conflict with Russia?
    Jun03

    Stumbling towards conflict with Russia?

    When Rip Van Winkle fell into a deep sleep and awoke 20 years later, he found that his world had changed almost beyond recognition. But, were today’s Rip Van Winkle to sleep for no more than a year and a half, he would awake to a radically different Russian-American relationship—and not just different, but dangerous to the point where...

    Why Saakashvili’s Appointment as Odesa’s Governor Actually Makes Perfect Sense
    Jun03

    Why Saakashvili’s Appointment as Odesa’s Governor Actually Makes Perfect Sense

    On May 30, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko named former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili Governor of the Odesa region. There are a number of ways to interpret the bold move, but two historical analogies may be more apt: Saakashvili is either following in Duke de Richelieu’s footsteps as an outside Governor of Odesa or the late...

    Mutual Deterrence? Think Again. Russia Seeks to Intimidate the West
    Jun03

    Mutual Deterrence? Think Again. Russia Seeks to Intimidate the West

    Moscow recently announced that it will procure fifty new nuclear-capable bombers, the Tupolev TU-160 or Blackjacks, which are the world’s largest combat aircraft. This seemingly anodyne announcement points to a critically important element of Russian strategy that we overlook at our and our allies’ peril. The procurement is the latest...

    A New Religious “Cold War”?
    Jun03

    A New Religious “Cold War”?

    WASHINGTON—In March 2014, at the time of Russia’s takeover of Crimea, a largely unnoticed meeting took place in Istanbul. The heads of the Eastern Orthodox churches convened under the leadership of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Istanbul-based primus inter pares of the Eastern Orthodox world, and announced that in 2016 it would hold...

    Does Putin Have to Escalate to Survive?
    Jun03

    Does Putin Have to Escalate to Survive?

    Every week, a selection of leading experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world. Joerg Forbrig – Transatlantic fellow for Central and Eastern Europe at the German Marshall Fund of the United States Systemically, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s...

    EU Brokers Macedonian Political Deal, New MH17 Crash Evidence Revealed
    Jun03

    EU Brokers Macedonian Political Deal, New MH17 Crash Evidence Revealed

    Plus, work begins on Gazprom’s gas pipeline to China, and Lukashenka says Russia’s troubles are battering the Belarusian economy. …read more Source: Transitions Online...

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