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Section: The American Interest (USA)

      Europe Ups Its Game
      Mar25

      Europe Ups Its Game

      Twin announcements from Germany and Sweden offer hope that Western Europe may finally be spooked enough to start paying more for defense. First up is Germany, which has announced a plan to increase its military spending significantly, Defense News reports: The German government under Chancellor Angela Merkel has approved plans to increase defense...

      Sorry Ukraine, You Still Need Russian Gas
      Mar23

      Sorry Ukraine, You Still Need Russian Gas

      Winter may be over, but Ukraine’s energy security is looking shakier than ever as it failed to make much progress on a new gas agreement with Russia. Reuters reports: A preliminary meeting in Brussels on Friday had never been expected to yield major progress, with the two sides still far apart as they jostle for position in the negotiations...

      War of the Oligarchs in Ukraine
      Mar23

      War of the Oligarchs in Ukraine

      It appears that the truce that has held between Ukraine’s major oligarchs since the Maidan uprising is breaking down. Yesterday evening, Igor Kolomoisky, the strongman governor of Dniepropetrovsk, who also happens to be personally bankrolling many of the militias fighting Russian-backed militants on the eastern front, sent a detachment of...

      Europe Is Teeming with Russian Spies
      Mar21

      Europe Is Teeming with Russian Spies

      Evidence of the massive size and broad scope of Russia’s spying efforts in Europe continues to mount. Due to the way Europe’s borders work, life on the continent seems to be very easy for Moscow’s operatives. The Daily Mail reports on a prime example: Swedish security service SAPO on Wednesday accused Russia of using as many as...

      What Does Putin Want?
      Mar20

      What Does Putin Want?

      Although the Minsk II ceasefire in Ukraine was violated immediately and with total impunity by the Russian assault on Debaltseve, the relative quiet following the capture of that town has given rise to hope for a more enduring cessation of hostilities. Perhaps the sides have finally fought each other to a standstill, and the “hot” phase of the...

      Going on the Cyber Offensive
      Mar20

      Going on the Cyber Offensive

      The United States needs to up its game on cyber defense, said current NSA director and head of U.S. Cyber Command Admiral Michael S. Rogers in an appearance before the Armed Services Committee. More importantly, the U.S. can’t merely play defense; it must deter attacks by going on the offensive and striking back. More, from the NYT: […]...

      Why Shale Fails Abroad
      Mar20

      Why Shale Fails Abroad

      There’s been a fracking party raging for years now, but apparently the United States was the only one invited. Years after the shale boom took off here in America, the rest of the world is still woefully behind in developing their own shale reserves, which naturally raises the question: why is shale failing abroad? The WSJ helps explain:...

      Ukraine Limps Its Way Out of Winter
      Mar18

      Ukraine Limps Its Way Out of Winter

      Ukraine payed Gazprom just enough cash for another week of gas supplies on Monday, following its “search the couch cushions” prepayment strategy of late. Kiev forked over a less than impressive $15 million, the latest of the meager tranches that it has deployed in recent weeks. These prepayments are a condition of Russia’s continued supply...

      The European Sanctions Dance
      Mar18

      The European Sanctions Dance

      A deal on EU sanctions against Russia is emerging, and it could keep the fractious block on the same page ahead of this week’s EU summit. The sanctions will not be extended this month, but language will be approved to keep them in place until the full text of the Minsk agreements is implemented. The Wall Street Journal reports: The...

      Has Russia’s Agony Begun?
      Mar17

      Has Russia’s Agony Begun?

      In politics, even the inevitable can take you by surprise, turning victory into disaster. This is what Vladimir Putin has yet to understand. The Russian system of personalized power has demonstrated an amazing knack for survival, by changing its costume and pretending to be its opposite for a while, after which it returns to its predatory ways....