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Section: The American Interest (USA)

      Putin Pulls at Europe’s Seams
      Mar10

      Putin Pulls at Europe’s Seams

      Vladimir Putin is trying to exploit the growing cultural and economic division between northern and southern Europe by persuading some of the EU’s more disaffected members to independently drop the sanctions that the union has placed on Russia. The LA Times reports: Since mid-February, though, Putin has met with leaders of four...

      China Ready to Sign 2nd Major Gas Deal With Russia
      Mar10

      China Ready to Sign 2nd Major Gas Deal With Russia

      We’ve already heard how eager Moscow is to sign a second gas deal with Beijing, but now it’s a Chinese minister’s turn to publicly tout the warming relationship and express a desire for a finalized deal in the near future. The Financial Times reports: The relationship between the two on-again, off-again Cold War allies is...

      Russia’s Anti-American Fervor at Fever Pitch
      Mar09

      Russia’s Anti-American Fervor at Fever Pitch

      Remember the jingoistic, post-9/11 days of “freedom fries” and “freedom toast,” after France declined to join the U.S.-led coalition? Well, in the wake of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and the global backlash it has prompted, Russia is experiencing something similar, only intensified by total state control of the media. The Washington Post...

      Tusk: New EU Sanctions on Russia “Impossible”
      Mar09

      Tusk: New EU Sanctions on Russia “Impossible”

      With the ceasefire in Ukraine more or less holding, the question remains whether Europe will be able to keep a common Russia policy in place. In an interview with the New York Times, former Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk sounded a cautious note, largely writing off the possibility of tougher sanctions at the moment, even as President Obama was...

      Collateral Damage
      Mar09

      Collateral Damage

      The war in Ukraine seems fated to be a drawn-out, lose-lose proposition. Paradoxically, notwithstanding the recent triumph of Russian arms in the Donbass—in fact, partly because of it—the Russians are shaping up to be the biggest losers of all. Recall that the original justification for Russia’s intervention was to save ethnic Russians and...

      Italy Opens a Window for Russia
      Mar07

      Italy Opens a Window for Russia

      Just how worried is Italy about ISIS in Libya? During a state visit to Moscow, Italian PM Matteo Renzi asked Vladimir Putin to help resolve the crisis in North Africa, raising alarming prospects of an intra-NATO and -EU split. The Financial Times reports: “We need an incisive international response and Russia’s role can be decisive given...

      The Murder of Boris Nemtsov and Our Obligations
      Mar07

      The Murder of Boris Nemtsov and Our Obligations

      Slamming the Putin regime for its human rights abuses, corruption, and its invasion of Ukraine from the distance of Washington is easy to do. I do it all the time and never worry about my safety. But for Russians living in Russia, to do it takes enormous courage. Some Russians live in exile because the risks to their personal safety reached a...

      Russia Grumbles About U.S. Military Trainers in Ukraine
      Mar07

      Russia Grumbles About U.S. Military Trainers in Ukraine

      American military trainers are now on the ground in Ukraine, and Russia is not happy about it. The LA Times reports: Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday called the arrival of U.S. military trainers in western Ukraine a “provocation” and warned Ukrainians that they should rethink the consequences of hosting Western forces. “U.S.-Ukrainian...

      Strengthening “Atlantic Resolve”
      Mar06

      Strengthening “Atlantic Resolve”

      With Russia holding massive military drills as shows of force in sensitive places like Crimea and South Ossetia, and with Moscow’s bombers getting in the way of civilian airliners in Irish-controlled airspace, the West has decided to step up its response. Operation Atlantic Resolve, a mission to place NATO troops in countries on...

      Turkey Takes a Tumble
      Mar05

      Turkey Takes a Tumble

      With the Turkish lira at a record low against the dollar and growth stalling, President Erdogan is employing some unusual measures to keep Turkey’s fragile economy afloat. The Financial Times reports: Last week, after intense pressure for lower interest rates from Mr Erdogan, the central bank cut overnight rates by a bigger than expected 50...