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Section: The American Interest (USA)

    War Games Meet Mind Games
    Sep15

    War Games Meet Mind Games

    Russia and Belarus officially launched their weeklong war games on Tuesday, in a display of military muscle-flexing that has set much of Europe on edge. As the Wall Street Journal notes, the Zapad (“West”) drills began with Russian tanks moving toward Belarus, while a wary NATO keeps watch with a surveillance plane: NATO had promised to keep a...

    Gas Attack
    Sep06

    Gas Attack

    The Russia/Iran/DPRK sanctions bill, passed overwhelmingly by Congress this past July and sent to the White House for President Trump’s grudging approval, represents a significant escalation in Ukraine-related sanctions on Russia. Provisions in the legislation raise the possibility of U.S. sanctions being imposed on companies that partner...

    The West Needs a Strategy
    Aug26

    The West Needs a Strategy

    The last decade has not been good for the collective West. The list of setbacks is long: the resurgence of Russia along Europe’s periphery signaled by the 2008 Russian-Georgian war; the economic meltdown in the United States and Europe; the continued rise of China and the accelerated shift in economic power balances across the globe; the...

    The Golden Age of Natural Gas
    Aug19

    The Golden Age of Natural Gas

    Jamie Horgan: I’m here with Agnia Grigas, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and author of the new book, The New Geopolitics of Natural Gas. Agnia, thanks for taking the time to talk with me today.Agnia Grigas: Thank you, Jamie. It’s a pleasure to be here.JH: In your book, you look at the transition to a new era of gas that you...

    Why Sanctions Matter
    Aug14

    Why Sanctions Matter

    A long-debated sanctions bill in response to Russian meddling in U.S. elections was signed into the other week by President Donald Trump. The bill provides a framework for the extension of sanctions to various other sectors of Russia’s economy; but perhaps more importantly, it makes the lifting of existing sanctions a much more difficult...

    Report: Ukraine Sold Rocket Technology to North Korea
    Aug14

    Report: Ukraine Sold Rocket Technology to North Korea

    The New York Times has an important story today that suggests North Korea’s surprising progress towards building their ICMBs may be due to a Ukrainian rocket plant selling technology on the black market. The story suggests that after the Russian government canceled its orders for missile parts in the wake of the war in Ukraine, the factory...

    How Obama’s Weakness Encouraged Russian Election Meddling
    Aug04

    How Obama’s Weakness Encouraged Russian Election Meddling

    Amid the unrelenting media din accompanying the latest twist in the White House’s ongoing personnel struggles last week, BuzzFeed News managed to cause a minor stir by publishing an update on the circumstances surrounding the mysterious death of Mikhail Lesin, the former Putin advisor instrumental in cowing Russia’s lively media in...

    The Macron Factor
    Aug01

    The Macron Factor

    The rollercoaster electoral cycle that the French have endured for about a year under the scrutiny of the international media has finally come to an end, producing the swiftest and most thorough transformation of the French national political landscape since the beginning of the Fifth Republic nearly sixty years ago. It also holds the promise of...

    Will Donald Trump Arm Ukraine?
    Aug01

    Will Donald Trump Arm Ukraine?

    The Pentagon and State Department are cooking up a proposal to give Ukraine lethal defensive weapons, according to the Wall Street Journal: American military officials and diplomats say the arms, which they characterized as defensive, are meant to deter aggressive actions by Moscow, which the U.S. and others say has provided tanks and other...

    Russia’s Loss, Whose Gain?
    Jul26

    Russia’s Loss, Whose Gain?

    Everyone Loses: The Ukraine Crisis and the Ruinous Contest for Post-Soviet EurasiaSamuel Charap & Timothy J. ColtonRoutledge, 2017, 212 pp., $21.95 A recent book by Samuel Charap and Timothy Colton—two outstanding Russia experts of two distinctly different generations—will probably not go unnoticed given its grandly pessimistic title. Their...

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