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    A “New Cold War” Against Russia Is a Terrible Idea
    Jan04

    A “New Cold War” Against Russia Is a Terrible Idea

    Donald Trump is often described as an unconventional politician, but there is at least one surprising way he’s following in the footsteps of his most recent predecessors. Both George W. Bush and Barack Obama began their presidencies with high hopes of improving U.S.-Russian relations. At a 2001 summit in Slovenia, Bush met with Vladimir...

    Top 5 Ways Obama Sanctions on Russia Work for Democrats
    Jan04

    Top 5 Ways Obama Sanctions on Russia Work for Democrats

    Click here for reuse options! Why did the Obama administration put on this charade? President Obama’s sanctions on Russia are small potatoes and will have almost no effect on the Russian Federation. The high officials sanctioned are unlikely to have assets in the US that Washington can attach. When you hear that the US is sanctioning the...

    Obama’s Last-Minute Legacy-Padding on Foreign Policy
    Jan04

    Obama’s Last-Minute Legacy-Padding on Foreign Policy

    Of all Barack Obama’s costumes, the most ill-fitting is that of the hawk. The guise doesn’t work for all sorts of ideological and historical reasons. Plus there’s the fact that he’s rushing to put on the outfit as he’s heading out the door.The new sanctions against Russia are fine with me on the merits, even if they...

    Obama Administration Set for One Last Strike at Israel
    Jan04

    Obama Administration Set for One Last Strike at Israel

    A week and a half ago President Obama gave the order for the U.S. to abstain on UN Security Council Resolution 2334, thereby—effectively—voting in favor and allowing the resolution to pass. As I noted, the resolution goes beyond “moral equivalency” by obfuscating Palestinian terror and incitement while branding Jewish life beyond the 1949...

    Ukraine, the West and a Dead End
    Jan04

    Ukraine, the West and a Dead End

    By Andreas UmlandWhat the West must do so that a reformed Ukraine can survive in the face of a continuing Russian threat. The continuing Ukrainian reforms and, in particular, slowly returning economic growth have started to demonstrate first real-life effects of Western help to Kyiv. Yet, as long as Ukraine’s security issues remains...

    Legitimate Differences
    Jan04

    Legitimate Differences

    Given the recent near-hysteria over Russia’s alleged hacking of U.S. political email traffic, it is difficult to imagine a U.S.-Russia relationship established upon a peaceful footing—or, to put it another way, a relationship so stable and constructive that it no longer would depend on the vagaries of changing political personalities....

    French Far-Right Presidential Contender Says Crimean Annexation Legitimate
    Jan04

    French Far-Right Presidential Contender Says Crimean Annexation Legitimate

    France’s far-right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said on January 3 that Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea in 2014 was “not illegal.” …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    What Trump Should Understand about China and North Korea
    Jan04

    What Trump Should Understand about China and North Korea

    Doug Bandow Security, Asia While Beijing does not want a nuclear Pyongyang, it wants collapse and chaos even less. In barely two weeks Americans will learn whether Donald Trump is as smart as he claims. He triumphed over the odds to win the presidency and most of his staff picks so far look serious. But his tweets continue to raise some...

    Russian meddling doubters should wait to see report, says Brennan
    Jan04

    Russian meddling doubters should wait to see report, says Brennan

    JUDY WOODRUFF: Now we begin a series of conversations with top officials in the Obama administration, as its eight years in office come to a close. John Brennan has served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency since March of 2013. It’s an agency he knew well before his tenure as director. He was a station chief overseas, and an...

    What’s the Biggest Test Trump Will Face in 2017?
    Jan03

    What’s the Biggest Test Trump Will Face in 2017?

    “It is going to be so easy.” Those were the words candidate Donald Trump used in October, imagining a future where he, as president, would replace the Affordable Care Act with something “great.”In reality, no presidency is easy—the office’s unique role at home and around the world assures that. To be president is to face an unending barrage...