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    What Russian Orthodoxy Wants From Pope Francis
    Feb12

    What Russian Orthodoxy Wants From Pope Francis

    Nicolai N. Petro Society, Europe This week’s Havana Summit is a historic opportunity. Although the Patriarchate of Constantinople holds a place of honor among the fourteen canonical Orthodox Churches, it is the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC), the world’s largest, that has emerged as the leading spokesman for Orthodox Christians. Its...

    Two superpowers were responsible for a big chunk of last year’s increase in military spending
    Feb12

    Two superpowers were responsible for a big chunk of last year’s increase in military spending

    The 2016 edition of The Military Balance, the Institute for International and Strategic Studies’ definitive annual report on the state of the world’s various armed forces has some encouraging and not-so-encouraging news about global defense spending. On the one hand, growth in military spending is slowing down in the volatile Middle...

    South Sudan President Re-appoints His Rival
    Feb12

    South Sudan President Re-appoints His Rival

    South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has re-appointed his rival Riek Machar as vice president, a decree said on Thursday, the culmination of a deal to try to end months of civil war in the world’s newest nation. The announcement returned the presidency to where it was soon before fighting erupted between supporters of the two men in...

    Beyond Containment
    Feb11

    Beyond Containment

    NATO’s moves to bolster Europe’s defenses were a big step toward deterring Russian aggression in Eastern Europe. But meeting Moscow’s broader challenge to the West will require more than a military approach. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Russian Media See NATO ‘Beachhead’ Near Russia’s Borders
    Feb11

    Russian Media See NATO ‘Beachhead’ Near Russia’s Borders

    News that NATO is bolstering its eastern flank was received frostily in Moscow, where pro-Kremlin media accused the alliance of inching duplicitously closer to Russia’s borders, bellicose saber-rattling, and even preparing for all-out war. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Why Is America Restarting the Cold War With Russia?
    Feb11

    Why Is America Restarting the Cold War With Russia?

    Dana Rohrabacher Security, Washington’s strategy toward Moscow is outmoded and misdirected. The president’s new budget proposal for 2017 calls for a 200 percent increase for our military spending in Europe aimed at Russia—perhaps the most provocative step yet in our apparent efforts to encircle and antagonize that country. Meanwhile,...

    Russia Practises Black Sea Naval Drill As NATO Bolsters Troops
    Feb11

    Russia Practises Black Sea Naval Drill As NATO Bolsters Troops

    The Russian military practiced a wide range of combat maneuvers in the Black Sea as part of its snap drill this week, following NATO’s decision to reinforce its presence in the region, it has been announced. NATO defense ministers have agreed on a more “enhanced forward presence in the eastern part of our alliance”, Secretary General Jens...

    What Happens If Aleppo Falls?
    Feb11

    What Happens If Aleppo Falls?

    A reporter and a rebel fighter run to avoid sniper fire in the countryside north of Aleppo in 2014. Jalal al-Mamo / ReutersThis week, the Syrian army, backed by Russian air strikes and Iranian-supported militias including Hezbollah, launched a major offensive to encircle rebel strongholds in the northern city of Aleppo, choking off one of the...

    IMF Demand For Ukraine Reform Just Latest Red Flag For Poroshenko
    Feb11

    IMF Demand For Ukraine Reform Just Latest Red Flag For Poroshenko

    The head of the International Monetary Fund’s blunt criticism of Ukraine marks a new low point for a beleaguered administration in Kyiv’s efforts to battle corruption. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    A Year After Minsk Accord, Shaky Truce Is The New Normal In Donetsk
    Feb11

    A Year After Minsk Accord, Shaky Truce Is The New Normal In Donetsk

    One year after the signing of the Minsk peace agreement, intended to put an end to fighting in eastern Ukraine, residents of Donetsk and the surrounding areas have grown accustomed to shortages, checkpoints, and sporadic clashes. (RFE/RL photographer Petr Shelomovskiy) …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...