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      It’s counterintuitive but Trump impeachment inquiry may help Ukraine
      Nov19

      It’s counterintuitive but Trump impeachment inquiry may help Ukraine

      At first glance, the entire Trump impeachment probe looks like terrible news for Ukraine. With Russian forces still firmly entrenched in the Donbas and Russian President Vladimir Putin eager to exploit the inexperience of the country’s new president, the last thing Ukraine needs now is a crisis in relations with its most important ally....

      After the Syria withdrawal, it’s time the US rethinks the use of proxy forces
      Nov18

      After the Syria withdrawal, it’s time the US rethinks the use of proxy forces

      The failure in Syria The foreign policy debacle in Syria, marked by US President Donald Trump’s speedy withdrawal of American troops, and a Turkish invasion in areas under control of Washington’s former ally the Syrian Democratic forces (SDF), is a humiliating end to the United States military intervention in Syria. Yet, the supposed...

      Nord Stream 2 poses challenges but also means opportunity for the European Union
      Nov18

      Nord Stream 2 poses challenges but also means opportunity for the European Union

      With the Nord Stream 2 (NS2) pipeline’s completion date on the horizon, it is becoming apparent that the European Union (EU) is struggling to agree on how the project should be handled. While investors see the project as economically sound and beneficial for European customers, the project is mainly seen through a political lens in Central...

      The Normandy Summit is finally on
      Nov16

      The Normandy Summit is finally on

      A critical moment has arrived for the long-stalled negotiations over the future of eastern Ukraine. Frustrated with lack of progress, Ukraine’s representatives have pledged to give the moribund Normandy Four format one last chance. On the surface, there has finally been a breakthrough permitting the resumption of negotiations between the...

      NATO leaders set ambitious agenda for London summit
      Nov14

      NATO leaders set ambitious agenda for London summit

      When transatlantic leaders meet in London in early December, they will have another opportunity to prove that the seventy-year-old NATO alliance still has plenty of life. A year and a half after an often intense but largely productive summit in Brussels, the meeting in London “is going to be the last opportunity in the first term of the Trump...

      Finally some progress in Ukraine
      Nov14

      Finally some progress in Ukraine

      September was a downright bad month for Ukraine. The International Monetary Fund came and went without an expected billion-dollar agreement, Oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky paraded around the largest international forum unhindered, and Kolomoisky’s rival came under physical attack. But in October, things began to look up. The president and prime...

      Over the horizon: NATO joint intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance in the Baltic Sea region
      Nov14

      Over the horizon: NATO joint intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance in the Baltic Sea region

      Download PDF Since the Russian occupation of Crimea in 2014, NATO threat perceptions have significantly intensified, particularly with regard to the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania that today face the most direct threat of any of NATO’s allies. To deter aggression in the Baltic region, NATO must deploy a credible and...

      Trans Adriatic Pipeline expansion
      Nov14

      Trans Adriatic Pipeline expansion

      The United States, for over a decade, has supported the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) as a means to enhance European energy security by providing Europe a new source of natural gas through a new (non-Russian) route. Now, however, at least some of the energy security value of the SGC could be in question. While important details remain inaccessible...

      Eight obstacles to Ukraine achieving peace with Russia
      Nov13

      Eight obstacles to Ukraine achieving peace with Russia

      Volodymyr Zelenskyy was no different from most other presidential candidates during Ukraine’s 2019 elections in promising peace but without explaining how it would be achieved. In some cases, the promise of peace was pure populism while for others it was a willingness to capitulate to Russian demands. In Zelenskyy’s case, it may have...

      Thinking foreign policy in Russia: Think tanks and grand narratives
      Nov12

      Thinking foreign policy in Russia: Think tanks and grand narratives

      Introduction Over the course of the last decade Russian foreign policy has taken critical turns, surprising not only the entire international community but also Russia’s own foreign policy experts. Arguably, the most notable turn came in March 2014 when Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula, setting in motion developments that are...

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