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    Ukraine Finance Minister Says Economic Success Is Key To Ending Conflict
    Jun16

    Ukraine Finance Minister Says Economic Success Is Key To Ending Conflict

    When it comes to the conflict in Ukraine, you could say that in some ways, Natalie Jaresko is on the frontlines. She’s the country’s finance minister, and she argues that Ukraine’s economic success is the only way to end the war fueled by Russia in the east of the country. NPR’s Michele Kelemen caught up with her during...

    Celebrating Russia Day, the Country Finds Itself With No Future
    Jun15

    Celebrating Russia Day, the Country Finds Itself With No Future

    The meaning of Russia Day, the holiday celebrated last Friday, June 12, remains obscure and even foreign for the majority of Russians. Overall, the population has mixed feelings about the collapse of the Soviet Union, which was precipitated by the declaration of state sovereignty of the Russian Federation (commemorated by Russia Day) and the...

    Bringing Belarus Back in From the Cold (Part Three)
    Jun15

    Bringing Belarus Back in From the Cold (Part Three)

    To read Part One, please click here.To read Part Two, please click here. President Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s policy is one of benevolent neutrality sympathetic toward Ukraine in the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war. Belarus’s diplomacy and its trade policies tilt in Ukraine’s favor to the extent possible without antagonizing Russia (see...

    Russia Shutters Northern Distribution Network
    Jun15

    Russia Shutters Northern Distribution Network

    On May 15, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev issued a resolution closing the Northern Distribution Network (NDN), a network of rail and road links across Russia and the post-Soviet space that had provided logistical transit to Afghanistan for International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) military equipment and weapons since 2008 (Moskovsky...

    Dangers of a Declining Global Power
    Jun15

    Dangers of a Declining Global Power

    Much has been written about the dangers and challenges posed by China as a rising global power. Indeed, historians speak of generic tensions between rising powers and status quo powers that have often led to war. But instability takes at least two players to create it: the rising power and the resistance of the once-reigning power. Today the US...

    Recent Syrian Rebel Gains Result From US Support Of Extremists
    Jun15

    Recent Syrian Rebel Gains Result From US Support Of Extremists

    The rebel opposition in Syria has in recent months made a series of gains against the Syrian army, most notably in Idlib, Palmyra, and Ramadi in Iraq. However, given that from the very beginning the opposition had taken “a clear sectarian direction” and has been dominated by “ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra … in addition to other extreme jihadi groups,”...

    Why would the president threaten to veto much-needed additional defense funds?
    Jun15

    Why would the president threaten to veto much-needed additional defense funds?

    A showdown is looming in Washington over the National Defense Authorization bill and the Appropriations bill for the Department of Defense. At stake is whether the Congress is able to make any progress this year on repairing the damage which defense cuts have done to the armed forces and the nation’s security.The Budget Control Act of 2011,...

    Activist Flees Baku for Switzerland Refuge, Moldova Voters Remain Split
    Jun15

    Activist Flees Baku for Switzerland Refuge, Moldova Voters Remain Split

    Plus, Saakashvili is poised to make big cuts in Odessa and the UN leader talks human rights in Central Asia. …read more Source: Transitions Online...

    Quickie Russian Citizenship in Transdniester
    Jun15

    Quickie Russian Citizenship in Transdniester

    The consulate in the breakaway region of Moldova is reportedly creating lots of new citizens, who might need to be protected one day. …read more Source: Transitions Online...

    Ukraine: The Broken Economic Model, Who Pays for It, and How to Fix It?
    Jun15

    Ukraine: The Broken Economic Model, Who Pays for It, and How to Fix It?

    Ukraine is facing an existential threat. The country is bankrupt and its macroeconomic policy has been taken over by its biggest creditor, the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Yet, the incumbent interest groups that run the current government are busy reviving the old extractive economic model, continuing to take the resources from the many and...

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