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Section: The American Interest (USA)

      France’s True Problem: Skinny Fashion Models
      Apr05

      France’s True Problem: Skinny Fashion Models

      France’s parliament has approved a measure banning fashion models from being excessively thin. The measure is designed to fight anorexia, which many believe is triggered by the unhealthy body standards set by the media. Modeling agents will be liable for using models who are under a certain level of Body Mass Index. According to a BBC...

      A New Ukraine, Struggling to Be Born
      Apr04

      A New Ukraine, Struggling to Be Born

      Ukraine has a base of educated and committed citizens who dearly want the country to be more like Poland and less like Georgia—and who just might be able to build the political and economic strength a successful Ukraine would need. A pair of recent articles by Leonid Bershidsky over at Bloomberg introduces us to these hopefuls, and the immense...

      Russia Tries Greek Wedge to Divide Europe
      Apr03

      Russia Tries Greek Wedge to Divide Europe

      Russia is not being coy about it: Vladimir Putin hopes to discuss the lifting of EU sanctions with Greek PM Alexis Tsipras when the latter visits Moscow next week. Reuters reports: The Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said it was too early to talk about any possibility of Moscow providing financial help to the cash-strapped Greece before the...

      Getting Human Rights Right
      Apr03

      Getting Human Rights Right

      In his new book Red Notice, American-born investor Bill Browder recounts in detail the Kafkaesque ordeal of his lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, a nightmare set in motion in 2006 after the 37-year-old Russian auditor uncovered a massive corruption scheme perpetrated by Russian Interior Ministry officials. In Browder’s account, Magnitsky was a man...

      Ukraine Inks Cushy New Gas Deal
      Apr03

      Ukraine Inks Cushy New Gas Deal

      Ukraine and Russia reached a new short-term gas arrangement this week, just as the previous deal dubbed the “winter package” expired. The new agreement lasts just three months—we might call it the “spring package”—but importantly comes with a steep discount for Kyiv. Reuters reports: Ukraine’s energy ministry said Kiev would buy Russian gas...

      Keystone Poisoning US-Canada Relations
      Apr02

      Keystone Poisoning US-Canada Relations

      Congress isn’t alone in its frustration at the Obama administration’s continued inaction (and in some cases deliberate intervention against action) on the controversial Keystone pipeline. Our northern neighbor is fed up with the interminable delays of the project, which would connect Albertan oil sands with Gulf Coast refineries. The...

      Real Putinism
      Apr01

      Real Putinism

      As the Brezhnev years reached their twilight, and it was obvious that Communism would never arrive, the Party decided to rename their moribund system as Real Socialism. The idea was to convey a sense of Marxist progress, but it was taken as confirming the popular view that Soviet assets belonged to everybody and also to nobody. The Soviet Union...

      Gazprom Accedes to Kyiv’s Gas Discount Demand
      Mar30

      Gazprom Accedes to Kyiv’s Gas Discount Demand

      The Gazprom supply agreement that kept Ukraine going through this winter (lately one week at a time) expires on Wednesday, and the two sides have been busy negotiating a new deal. Kyiv staked out its position ahead of these talks, pushing hard for a continuation of the price discount it enjoyed this winter along with an end to a take-or-pay...

      Europe’s Arc of Fire
      Mar30

      Europe’s Arc of Fire

      Europe is engulfed by an arc of fire. And this arc, existing just outside Europe, is linked to multiple crises inside Europe. While instability in the Middle East needs no introduction, Europe’s stability, too, cannot be taken for granted. To the east, Europe faces the specter of both Russian aggression and Russian weakness. Russia is a...

      Russia and Ukraine’s Shared Fate
      Mar27

      Russia and Ukraine’s Shared Fate

      Moody’s has downgraded Ukraine’s sovereign to Caa3, its third from lowest rating, indicating that the odds are on for a default. That doesn’t bode well for Kyiv as it tries to win a fight for its life on economic, military, and political fronts. But looking over to the so-called “winner” of the Ukraine crisis, Russia isn’t...