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Section: The American Interest (USA)

      Dutch Hollow Out Ukraine-EU Deal
      Dec15

      Dutch Hollow Out Ukraine-EU Deal

      As European leaders seek to appease the Dutch about the controversial association agreement with Ukraine, Kyiv is re-learning a familiar lesson: the EU is just not that into Ukraine. Reuters: European Union leaders, anxious to preserve a landmark cooperation agreement with Ukraine, will address Dutch concerns on Thursday by saying the deal does...

      The Art of the Global Deal
      Dec13

      The Art of the Global Deal

      Whether one likes it or not, Donald Trump is now President-elect Trump. Nothing said or thought during the seemingly interminable campaign, whether about Trump or the record of the Obama Administration, matters as much as the future: What to do next.The global situation has deteriorated markedly during the past three years. This is now a time to...

      What Does Russia Really Want?
      Dec13

      What Does Russia Really Want?

      The New York Times and the Washington Post ran back-to-back stories over the weekend reporting on closed-door briefings that the CIA had given members of Congress on Russia’s interference in the recent U.S. elections. The stories revealed no real new information on the hacks themselves—the consensus among the Intelligence Community that...

      The Temptation of a “Grand Bargain”
      Dec12

      The Temptation of a “Grand Bargain”

      Great-power rivalries are recurrent in history, and once in place, they endure until one side gives up the fight (e.g., the Soviet Union) or is defeated in a war (e.g., Kaiser’s Germany). The risks associated with such competitions often lead to an understandable temptation: Why remain locked in a struggle when perhaps a grand bargain may...

      Getting Beyond the Blame Game
      Dec12

      Getting Beyond the Blame Game

      Donald Trump’s surprise win last month, following a narrow pro-Brexit vote in the UK earlier this year, has sent pundits and politicians on both sides of the Atlantic scrambling to explain just what has gone wrong. The current consensus: some admixture of “fake news” and Russian “influence” is to blame for these setbacks. For an example of...

      German Investors Return To Russia
      Dec09

      German Investors Return To Russia

      Reports of Russian isolation have been greatly exaggerated. The Wall Street Journal reports that German companies are leading a quiet resurgence of foreign investment into Russia: In the past two years, plunging oil prices and U.S. and European Union sanctions on Russia for its intervention in Ukraine sent foreign investors fleeing. Now, Western...

      The King’s Speech
      Dec07

      The King’s Speech

      President Vladimir Putin addressed the Duma for the 13th time last week. Though there were no revelations in the speech—no bold new visions for the development of the country were proffered—the focus was notably different. Russia’s President talked much less about foreign policy than in the previous three years, and this time his rhetoric...

      Putin Panic Triggers Pentagon Spending Spree
      Dec05

      Putin Panic Triggers Pentagon Spending Spree

      The 1980s are calling, and they want their military budget back. Reuters reports that top U.S. military brass are increasingly worried about the threat from Russia and are seeking to prioritize countermeasures in the next defense budget: “Russia is the No. 1 threat to the United States. We have a number of threats that we’re dealing with,...

      The New Yorker Exposes a Fake News Fraud
      Dec01

      The New Yorker Exposes a Fake News Fraud

      A viral Washington Post story breathlessly circulated by media mandarins condemning the influence of “fake news” on the U.S. presidential election turns out to have been… fake news. The New Yorker’s Adrian Chen has published a devastating takedown of the key source in the Washington Post piece, an anonymous group called PropOrNot, which...

      How Did It Come to This?
      Nov29

      How Did It Come to This?

      The incoming Trump Administration faces rockier relations with Moscow than any new U.S. President since Ronald Reagan in 1981. As Thomas Graham and Matthew Rojansky have aptly noted, America’s Russia policy has failed. This failure runs deeper than Russian challenges to U.S. interests in Ukraine or Syria, and responsibility does not lie at...