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    German foreign minister meets with Putin for unscheduled talks on Ukraine crisis
    Nov19

    German foreign minister meets with Putin for unscheduled talks on Ukraine crisis

    Germany’s foreign minister met with Vladimir Putin in Moscow for talks on the Ukraine crisis after the Russian president invited him to the Kremlin at the last minute before he headed back to Berlin. …read more Source: FOX...

    Vice President Biden to Visit Ukraine
    Nov19

    Vice President Biden to Visit Ukraine

    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has left Washington for a five day trip that will include talks with leaders in Ukraine later this week. A senior White house official says Biden on Friday will convey U.S. concerns about “Russia’s ongoing violations of the September 5th Minsk agreement with Ukraine.” The agreement called for a...

    Russia Demands Guarantees From NATO Over Ukraine Membership
    Nov19

    Russia Demands Guarantees From NATO Over Ukraine Membership

    Russia has asked NATO for guarantees that Ukraine will never be allowed to join the alliance, while also saying that the buildup of troops near its borders is making Russia nervous, a spokesman for Vladimir Putin told the BBC on Tuesday. The spokesman, Dmitri Peskov, also accused NATO of breaking an historical promise to not approach Russian...

    The Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Multiplication of Western Walls
    Nov19

    The Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Multiplication of Western Walls

    Photo by Edward Valachovic Introduction On November 9, 2014, Germany and its Western Allies, celebrated the ‘Fall of the Berlin Wall’ and the subsequent ‘reunification’ of the ‘two Germanys’. Prime Minister Merkel described the ‘historic event’ as a “victory of freedom for all peoples in Europe and across the world.” The...

    Our leaders have a duty to fight for peace. They’re failing.
    Nov19

    Our leaders have a duty to fight for peace. They’re failing.

    It’s not quite over yet, but I think we can confidently state that 2014 was a lousy year for peace. Lowlights included: Russia’s strategic (and well-executed) annexation of the Crimea; the Ebola outbreak; the kidnapping of 400 Nigerian schoolgirls by Boko Haram; the rise of Islamic State in northern Iraq and Syria; the relentless...

    Merkel and Putin: Playing the long game
    Nov19

    Merkel and Putin: Playing the long game

    I wrote a post yesterday that said the contemptuous treatment of President Vladimir Putin at the Group of 20 meeting was juvenile and counterproductive. I knew I would get a reaction. I have received dozens of e-mails stating that Putin got what he deserved and decrying what the writers saw as my support for appeasement. There also have been...

    World Briefing: Russia: German Official Expresses ‘No Optimism’ on Ukraine Conflict
    Nov19

    World Briefing: Russia: German Official Expresses ‘No Optimism’ on Ukraine Conflict

    Germany’s foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, alluded to the standoff between Russia and Ukraine in grim tones on Tuesday after talks in Moscow with his Russian counterpart, Sergey V. Lavrov. …read more Source: The New York...

    Are Europe and the World Slipping Back Into a 2nd Cold War?
    Nov19

    Are Europe and the World Slipping Back Into a 2nd Cold War?

    Bloodshed in Europe and the Middle East against the backdrop of a breakdown in the dialogue between major powers is of enormous concern. The world is on the brink of a new Cold War, some are even saying that it has already begun. – Mikhail Gorbachev Gorbachev may be right, but the “new Cold War” is very different to the old one. At the end of the...

    Russia’s Borders: Iran’s Cautious Friendship With Moscow
    Nov19

    Russia’s Borders: Iran’s Cautious Friendship With Moscow

    After Iran’s Islamic revolution of 1978-79, periods of tension between Washington and Moscow have generally been synonymous with rapprochement between Moscow and Tehran. In keeping with this, the Ukrainian crisis and the conflict in Syria since spring 2011 have created new common interests between Iran and Russia. Two narratives collide. On...

    Lie Detector Tests for Politicians, At Least In Ukraine
    Nov19

    Lie Detector Tests for Politicians, At Least In Ukraine

    Stepan Poltorak, the defense minister of Ukraine, took a polygraph test along with nine other officials today. The test was conducted before a meeting between the president, Poltorak and a group of leaders from volunteer organizations who help maintain the Ukrainian military. The volunteer leaders are in charge of helping maintain the clothing,...