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    The President Who Dared to Take on Putin
    Mar18

    The President Who Dared to Take on Putin

    Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite was blunt about her neighbor?s aggression after it took over Crimea?and in an interview, she sounds the alarm about her nation?s vulnerability. …read more Source: The Daily...

    Two Years After Crimea Annexation, Ukraine Struggles to Forge Peace
    Mar18

    Two Years After Crimea Annexation, Ukraine Struggles to Forge Peace

    Friday marks two years since Russia’s illegal annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula. As VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb reports, the recent uptick in fighting against Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine’s east has shifted the political focus for both Ukraine and the West. …read more Source: Voice of...

    Nolan Peterson: What You Should Know About the Ukraine War
    Mar18

    Nolan Peterson: What You Should Know About the Ukraine War

    The war in Ukraine is “a real one,” says a journalist who has spent months on the front lines and embedded with the Ukrainian army. And yet, notes The Daily Signal’s foreign correspondent, Nolan Peterson, most other American news outlets don’t cover the intensity of the 2-year-old conflict. “The media tends to downplay the seriousness...

    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...

    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...

    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...