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Section: The American Interest (USA)

      Firtash To Face Extradition
      Feb22

      Firtash To Face Extradition

      Dmitry Firtash, a Ukrainian oligarch with ties to former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, could soon face extradition to the United States on bribery charges. Financial Times: A Vienna court on Tuesday granted a request to extradite Dmitry Firtash, one of Ukraine’s richest and most powerful men, to the US on bribery charges, setting...

      Understanding Putin’s Men
      Feb16

      Understanding Putin’s Men

      The term “Kremlinology,” coined during the Soviet era, has been permanently reinstated in our daily vocabularies. Since it is practically impossible to calculate the Kremlin’s next moves based on its public statements or the “rules of the game,” interpreting the noise coming from the “bulldog fight under the rug” has once more become an...

      Team Trump Talks Tough on Russia
      Feb16

      Team Trump Talks Tough on Russia

      As headlines about former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s contacts with Russia keep the presses rolling at home, senior Trump officials are engaged in a busy day of diplomacy with their Russian counterparts abroad. But despite the frenzied speculation about Trump’s Russia ties, the Administration’s early diplomatic...

      Donald Trump and the Perils of Charisma
      Feb15

      Donald Trump and the Perils of Charisma

      Whatever one may want to say about Donald Trump’s style of political leadership, it can plausibly be described as charismatic—grounded neither in tradition nor in rational interest, it depends on the continuing faith in the leader by the mass of followers. Because of this it is inevitably brittle. One way of making it less so is to...

      Trump and Russia: Confusion at the Top
      Feb15

      Trump and Russia: Confusion at the Top

      President Trump has stated regularly that he will conduct national security policy from a position of strength. As part of this effort he has vowed to increase defense spending, sounded the alarm on China’s expansive aims in the South and East China Seas, and placed new sanctions on Iran in the wake of its ballistic missile tests.Yet there...

      The US and Russia—What’s the Big Deal?
      Feb13

      The US and Russia—What’s the Big Deal?

      This article is the third of three essays on U.S.-Russian relations in the transition to a new U.S. administration. The second is here.The new Trump Administration can be expected to conduct a thorough review of the country’s foreign and security policies. It would do well to avoid the temptation (one to which the incoming Obama...

      Trump and EU Agree on Russia Sanctions
      Feb10

      Trump and EU Agree on Russia Sanctions

      The theory that Trump is in the thrall of Putin took another blow today, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the EU’s Federhica Mogherini agreed to uphold current Ukraine-related sanctions against Russia. Wall Street Journal: The Trump administration and European officials agree on the need to keep sanctions in place against Russia...

      Don’t Retire the National Security Act
      Feb09

      Don’t Retire the National Security Act

      At age seventy, the National Security Act of 1947 is now well past the normal retirement age, but, like many other Baby Boomers, it is still working full-time. As the Trump revolution unfolds should we expect to see it junked? Even before Trump there were calls to update the fundamental statutory basis for national security decision and...

      Ukraine Reckons With Trump
      Feb07

      Ukraine Reckons With Trump

      When Nadiya Savchenko was released from Russian captivity in May 2016, she emerged onto the Ukrainian political scene as a fully formed national hero. The homecoming of the former army pilot—a brave soldier who was captured in eastern Ukraine, sentenced on trumped-up murder charges by the Kremlin, and endured a hunger strike in a protest against...

      How To Profit From a Standoff With the United States
      Feb06

      How To Profit From a Standoff With the United States

      While most in the media (and not a few experts) were trying to prove that Donald Trump was put in the White House by Vladimir Putin—that the Kremlin changed the outcome of the election in favor of its “puppet”, almost nobody paid attention to how the Kremlin itself looked ahead to its future with Donald Trump in the White House. It turns out that...