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    Belarus: Between Russia and the West
    Mar29

    Belarus: Between Russia and the West

    Kenneth Yalowitz, William Courtney Security, For 22 years Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has tacked toward Russia but kept channels open to the West, while maintaining an authoritarian grip on power. Frightened by Moscow’s intervention in Ukraine, he assumed the mantle of defender of Belarusian sovereignty. Reverting to form,...

    Sending a message to Putin in the Baltics
    Mar29

    Sending a message to Putin in the Baltics

    In a few months, Canada will take the lead in a NATO battle group in Latvia that is meant to send a strong message to Vladimir Putin. After the annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014, NATO is taking no chances and this mission, dubbed Enhanced Forward Presence, is a warning to Moscow not to overstep its place in the region. About 4,000 troops...

    Poland Shuts Consulates in Ukraine After Grenade Attack
    Mar29

    Poland Shuts Consulates in Ukraine After Grenade Attack

    KIEV/WARSAW—Poland temporarily closed its consulates in Ukraine after a grenade attack overnight at one of its buildings near the Polish border that Kiev said was intended to harm bilateral ties with Warsaw. Relations between Poland and Ukraine have deteriorated in the past year in a row over World War II atrocities, although Warsaw still...

    Ukrainian president condemns attack on Polish Consulate
    Mar29

    Ukrainian president condemns attack on Polish Consulate

    Ukraine’s president on Wednesday condemned an overnight shelling of the Polish Consulate in a western city that hasn’t hurt anyone and vowed to track down those responsible …read more Source: ABC...

    When Russia and Ukraine Battle in Court, the West Wins
    Mar29

    When Russia and Ukraine Battle in Court, the West Wins

    Even Putin has decided to rely on the Western legal system to help settle a bitter feud. …read more Source:...

    Daily Foreign Affairs Roundup
    Mar29

    Daily Foreign Affairs Roundup

    Here are some interesting stories relevant to foreign affairs from today, Wednesday, March 29: What happens now that Britain has triggered Article 50? The Economist explains how Brexit could play out in the coming months. The United States should not send U.S. troops into harm’s way unless a vital U.S. national security interest is at...

    PEN America Honors Jailed Ukrainian Filmmaker Sentsov
    Mar29

    PEN America Honors Jailed Ukrainian Filmmaker Sentsov

    PEN America has announced that it will honor imprisoned Ukrainian writer and filmmaker Oleh Sentsov with its 2017 PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Is Paul Manafort Nefarious or Simply Shadowy?
    Mar29

    Is Paul Manafort Nefarious or Simply Shadowy?

    Washington attracts a certain type of person who loves attention—the thrill of the crowd, the glow of the camera. But it also attracts the kind of person who loves to operate in the shadows: the master of arcane rules, the backroom operator. When the second category of person ends up with the attention, things can get uncomfortable.Related Story...

    Jared Kushner & Paul Manafort Sought for Questioning over Russia But Will It Be Behind Closed Doors?
    Mar29

    Jared Kushner & Paul Manafort Sought for Questioning over Russia But Will It Be Behind Closed Doors?

    President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner has agreed to testify to the U.S. Senate committee investigating ties between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election. He may also face questioning over a December meeting with the head of a U.S.-sanctioned Russian state development bank known as VEB. President Obama imposed the...

    Sergey Lavrov: The Interview
    Mar29

    Sergey Lavrov: The Interview

    Sergey Lavrov Politics, Eurasia An “absolutely artificial hysterical situation was created” in U.S.-Russia relations—but not quite yet a Cold War. Paul Saunders, associate publisher of the National Interest, interviewed Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday, March 24, 2017, in Moscow. Their wide-ranging and blunt conversation, which...