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    Insecurity is cash cow for Europe’s defense firms
    Jan03

    Insecurity is cash cow for Europe’s defense firms

    After a decade of slashing defense budgets, European leaders are about to start investing significantly more in arms, citing “a challenging geopolitical environment.” A resurgent Russia on Europe’s eastern flank, increased terrorism on the Continent and an incoming U.S. president who has questioned America’s commitment to NATO may...

    Putin’s real long game
    Jan01

    Putin’s real long game

    A little over a year ago, on a pleasant late fall evening, I was sitting on my front porch with a friend best described as a Ukrainian freedom fighter. He was smoking a cigarette while we watched Southeast DC hipsters bustle by and talked about ‘the war’ — the big war, being waged by Russia against all of us,...

    Why Trump would be crazy to give Putin what he wants
    Dec31

    Why Trump would be crazy to give Putin what he wants

    Tensions are heating up between the Kremlin and the Obama administration, which imposed new sanctions on Russia on Thursday in response to Russia’s alleged and unprecedented interference in the U.S. presidential election, mistreatment of U.S. diplomats and cybertheft. Yet despite Russia’s deliberate cyber-assault on our...

    How Putin and Netanyahu are exploiting the transition
    Dec31

    How Putin and Netanyahu are exploiting the transition

    What do you get when you mix eight years of grudges, complex geopolitics and four world leaders — including incoming and outgoing American presidents with diametrically opposing views of the world — all convinced that this is a make-or-break moment with historic implications? This week, apparently. Presidential transitions...

    Trump tweets praise of Putin: ‘I always knew he was very smart!’
    Dec30

    Trump tweets praise of Putin: ‘I always knew he was very smart!’

    President-elect Donald Trump praised Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, calling him “very smart” and lauding his “great move” not to retaliate against the U.S. over sanctions intended to punish the Kremlin for launching cyberattacks targeting the American electoral system....

    EU waits on Donald Trump for next Russian sanctions move
    Dec30

    EU waits on Donald Trump for next Russian sanctions move

    Europe watched Barack Obama’s retaliatory steps against Russian election hacking with keen interest. But America’s closest allies are looking to his replacement for cues on their next move. Donald Trump’s call on whether to keep the Obama-era sanctions against the Kremlin in place will most likely determine whether Europe...

    Putin poses early test for Trump
    Dec30

    Putin poses early test for Trump

    Vladimir Putin was bound to test Donald Trump at some point. But few thought it would happen so fast. In the wake of President Barack Obama’s decision to expel dozens of Russian diplomats and impose new sanctions on Moscow for allegedly interfering in the 2016 election, Putin said Friday that he would not reciprocate with similar...

    Now, really crank up heat on Russia
    Dec30

    Now, really crank up heat on Russia

    WASHINGTON — Vladimir Putin opted on Friday not to expel 35 American diplomats, following Thursday’s decision by the Obama administration to declare persona non grata that number of Russian intelligence operatives from the United States and take other measures in response to Russia’s interference in the recent...

    France tracking election threats with ‘greatest vigilance’
    Dec30

    France tracking election threats with ‘greatest vigilance’

    PARIS — France is tracking threats against its sovereignty and democratic process with the “greatest vigilance,” the Foreign Ministry said Friday after the United States sanctioned Russia over attempts to influence the presidential election. “France permanently and with the greatest vigilance tracks anything that could affect its...

    US sidelined as Putin calls the shots on Syria cease-fire
    Dec30

    US sidelined as Putin calls the shots on Syria cease-fire

    President Barack Obama’s administration tried for months to broker a durable cease-fire in blood-soaked Syria, practically begging Russia to come to terms but ruling out the possibility of using U.S. military force against the Syrian regime to back up its diplomatic pressure. Early Friday, a truce was set to take hold in Syria, but...

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