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    Ukraine tore down a giant statue of an iconic Russian leader and live-streamed it on YouTube
    Mar18

    Ukraine tore down a giant statue of an iconic Russian leader and live-streamed it on YouTube

    Reuters/Gleb GaranichKIEV (Reuters) – Exhaustive efforts to tear down Ukraine’s largest remaining monument to Vladimir Lenin bore fruit on Thursday when workers prised the late Soviet leader’s statue from its plinth in the southeastern city of Zaporizhzhya. Since a pro-Western uprising ousted a Russia-backed president in 2014,...

    Is the Russian Withdrawal a Message to Assad?
    Mar18

    Is the Russian Withdrawal a Message to Assad?

    The Independent’s Patrick Cockburn says you can’t have negotiations to end the war when the largest armed opposition groups, al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State, are absent. Russia has begun withdrawing its main forces from Syria after five months of air strikes targeting Syrian rebels and ISIS. This occurs at the same time as...

    Russia Isn’t Really Withdrawing From Syria
    Mar17

    Russia Isn’t Really Withdrawing From Syria

    BEIRUT — Russian President Vladimir Putin caught nearly everyone by surprise with his Syria drawdown announcement. Little wonder: the Syria-led coalition forces had momentum behind them; they were on a roll, gaining ground sometimes even without a fight. Pat Lang, a former U.S. defense intelligence officer, noted that the so-called Islamic...

    Ukrainian President Vows Swift End To Political Crisis
    Mar17

    Ukrainian President Vows Swift End To Political Crisis

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has tried to reassure the European Union that Kyiv will soon overcome its worst political crisis in two years. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    The Obama Doctrine: Responses
    Mar17

    The Obama Doctrine: Responses

    Editor’s Note: The American Interest asked regular contributors and members of the editorial board to offer their reactions to President Obama’s unusually candid remarks on foreign policy in Jeffrey Goldberg’s “The Obama Doctrine” (The Atlantic). Good Points and Bad Points Francis Fukuyama Flaws aside, Obama is in touch with an...

    The Dangers of Presidential Clarity
    Mar17

    The Dangers of Presidential Clarity

    Supporters of strategic ambiguity, the concept by which the United States leaves its enemies wondering what we might do in certain situations, believe it deters hostile actions by the likes of Russia and China. President Obama prefers the opposite—he likes to telegraph to the world and, most disturbingly, to our enemies what the United States...

    Syria Withdrawal: The View From Russia
    Mar17

    Syria Withdrawal: The View From Russia

    Russian Sukhoi Su-25 fighter jets after arriving from Syria, at an airbase in Krasnodar region, southern Russia. ReutersAs Russian warplanes continued their partial withdrawal from Syria two days after President Vladimir Putin unexpectedly announced that Moscow’s objectives in the country had been “generally accomplished,” observers debated...

    Good Points and Bad Points
    Mar17

    Good Points and Bad Points

    Let’s first get through the list of problems with the “Obama Doctrine” laid out in Jeffrey Goldberg’s interview, where I would echo many of the criticisms being made of him by others in the foreign policy establishment.First, while it’s true that there is a “cult of credibility” in Washington which is often overemphasized,...

    Ukraine Lists Individuals It Wants EU To Blacklist Over Savchenko Trial
    Mar17

    Ukraine Lists Individuals It Wants EU To Blacklist Over Savchenko Trial

    Ukraine has identified nearly 50 people it considers responsible for the “illegal detention and falsified trial” of Ukrainian military pilot Nadia Savchenko and has urged the European Union to impose sanctions against them. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Gorbachev Wanted to Preserve the Soviet Union
    Mar17

    Gorbachev Wanted to Preserve the Soviet Union

    The last leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, said he was always against the collapse of the country on the anniversary of its historic referendum. The Soviet government attempted to slow the dissolution of the union of Communist states by holding a referendum in 1991, asking citizens if they opposed or supported their republic...