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    Diplomatica: West, Russia should re-engage economies, security, ambassador says
    Feb17

    Diplomatica: West, Russia should re-engage economies, security, ambassador says

    Western sanctions against Russia in response to its expansion into Ukraine have had an effect on the country’s economy, Russian Ambassador Alexander Darchiev admitted last week. But they haven’t hurt nearly as much as the country’s “systemic dependence on lavish natural resource revenues,” a concept, the ambassador noted, that...

    What We’re Following This Evening
    Feb17

    What We’re Following This Evening

    Obama in California: At the end of a summit with Asian leaders, the president addressed the constitutional confrontation brewing back in Washington, where Senate leaders have refused to consider the candidate Obama will soon nominate to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. “I intend to do my job between now and January 20 of...

    Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, Feburary 16, 2016
    Feb16

    Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, Feburary 16, 2016

    To keep up with Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Sergii Leshchenko, a Ukrainian legislator, calls for Prime Minister Yatsenyuk to step down after having failed to make a dent in the country’s crippling corruption. (President Poroshenko has since called for the prime minister’s resignation, and just hours...

    Russia Is Validating Flamethrowers for Modern Combat, Says Army Report
    Feb16

    Russia Is Validating Flamethrowers for Modern Combat, Says Army Report

    Most of the world’s militaries have moved on from flamethrowers, with a belief that the weapons are ineffective in modern combat and not worth the bad press. One of the few exceptions to this, however, is the Russian military. They view flamethrowers as an important part of their arsenal, and have specific units that sill specialize in...

    Moldova: Where Putin Could Score Next
    Feb16

    Moldova: Where Putin Could Score Next

    Since Russia seized Crimea and stoked war in eastern Ukraine, most of the scenario-building as to where Russia might push next has focused on the Baltics. The buildup of Russian anti-access area denial (A2AD) assets in the Kaliningrad District has made the northeastern flank an almost obvious area for Russia to pressure the West. But the focus on...

    Yatsenyuk Survives No-Confidence Vote, But Will Ukraine?
    Feb16

    Yatsenyuk Survives No-Confidence Vote, But Will Ukraine?

    The day of parliamentary infighting and high tempers began as President Petro Poroshenko urged Yatsenyuk to resign minutes before the prime minister was to report to parliament on Tuesday afternoon. …read more Source: Foreign...

    Observers: Russia Prolonging Conflict in Ukraine
    Feb16

    Observers: Russia Prolonging Conflict in Ukraine

    Kiev—A peaceful resolution to Russia’s intervention in eastern Ukraine is unlikely in the near future as Russia seeks to preserve its gains in the country while securing relief from Western sanctions, according to recent reports. Observers in Donetsk and other contested parts of the eastern Donbass region who were interviewed for a lengthy...

    Russia and Ukraine reach deal to temporarily unblock trucks
    Feb16

    Russia and Ukraine reach deal to temporarily unblock trucks

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian and Ukrainian authorities have reached an agreement that will allow long-haul trucks a grace period to “return home” after Ukraine-licensed vehicles were forbidden from transiting Russian territory and vice versa. …read more Source: CNS...

    Tomaszewski: Ditch the memorial and educate people about communism instead
    Feb16

    Tomaszewski: Ditch the memorial and educate people about communism instead

    In this newspaper recently, Paul Dewar argued against the proposed Memorial to the Victims of Communism, dismissing communism as only an “idea.” Mr. Dewar was born in 1963, so presumably he was able to read newspapers long before the Soviet Union collapsed, and was around when the Tiananmen Square massacre took place. If he was a precocious...

    Ukraine’s government survives no confidence vote
    Feb16

    Ukraine’s government survives no confidence vote

    MOSCOW (AP) — The government of Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk survived a no confidence vote on Tuesday even though a majority of lawmakers harshly criticized its work. The vote reflected simmering political tensions amid Ukraine’s economic troubles that have eroded public support for Yatsenyuk’s Cabinet. The failure to...