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    What is Putin really up to in Syria?
    Oct02

    What is Putin really up to in Syria?

    Vladimir Putin kicked this week off with a speech at the United Nations calling the West’s refusal to back SyrianPresident Bashar al-Assad an “enormous mistake.” Days later, when Russian bombs began to drop on targets within Syria, many analysts warned that Putin was making a sizable mistake himself by inserting Russia into the middle of...

    Hollande unchained
    Oct02

    Hollande unchained

    PARIS — Before he became France’s president in 2012, François Hollande’s only foreign experience had been a drive from New York to California at age 20 while researching a report on U.S. fast food and, a few years later, an eight-month internship at the French embassy in Algiers. That’s some distance from holding France’s...

    The real story behind Putin’s Syria strikes
    Oct01

    The real story behind Putin’s Syria strikes

    The roots of Russia’s bold intervention in Syria — which began in earnest on Wednesday with airstrikes against opponents of President Bashar al-Assad’s government near the city of Homs — extend to the beginning of the Arab Spring in early 2011, when Vladimir Putin served as prime minister nominally under his protégé and hand-picked...

    An open letter to the European media
    Oct01

    An open letter to the European media

    Dear editors, We recognize, don’t we, that Europe — the countries of Europe, the European Union as an entity, the very idea of Europe — is facing the worst collective threats in living memory? These crises — of economics, of public finances, of migration and refugee flows, of the multiple security threats around our borders and even inside...

    Putin blindsides Obama
    Oct01

    Putin blindsides Obama

    On Monday afternoon, President Barack Obama grudgingly sat down with Vladimir Putin in part to gain a clearer understanding of the Russian leader’s opaque plans for Syria. Less than 48 hours later, Putin unpleasantly surprised Obama with new clarity: airstrikes that are scrambling the U.S. president’s plans for Syria and escalating...

    Merkel’s new normal
    Oct01

    Merkel’s new normal

    BERLIN — Did Angela Merkel’s chancellorship just reach its tipping point? A few weeks ago, such a question would have prompted quizzical stares, if not outright opprobrium. Until recently, Merkel, who this fall marks her 10th anniversary as chancellor, appeared to be at the height of her power. Even when confronted with thorny political...

    Moldova’s Maidan
    Oct01

    Moldova’s Maidan

    CHISINAU, Moldova — The poorest country in Europe is having its Maidan moment, as hundreds of protestors camp out in the center of the capital, blue EU flags fluttering overhead, to protest the disappearance of over €1 billion from the country’s banking system. The similarities to the movement that overthrew Ukraine’s corrupt...

    Putin and Obama disagree on Syria? Think again
    Sep30

    Putin and Obama disagree on Syria? Think again

    The bad blood between Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin and their so-called dueling speeches at the United Nations on Monday masks a deeper reality: The two presidents are today in more alignment than they have been in years on what to do about Syria. As a result, some sources suggest that despite the tough rhetoric on the surface between the two...

    NATO reaches fork in road
    Sep30

    NATO reaches fork in road

    After 14 years of fighting against Al Qaida, the Taliban and now ISIL, while increasingly focusing on Asia Pacific, the United States is waking up to the reality that Europe, once considered an island of peace and stability, is in trouble. Europe is buffeted by three powerful gales: the deteriorating security situation along NATO’s southern...

    Pentagon’s top Russia official resigns
    Sep29

    Pentagon’s top Russia official resigns

    The Pentagon’s top official overseeing military relations with Russia and Ukraine is resigning amid the ongoing debate within the Obama administration over how respond to Russian moves in Ukraine and Syria. Evelyn Farkas, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, is leaving her post at the end of next month...

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