In an interview at the Atlantic Council on May 19, Yevstratiy described the situation in Ukraine as unique and of global significance.
Analysts discuss the humanitarian, security, and political crises emanating from a country in chaosThe chaos in Libya that has prevailed since the ouster of Moammar Gadhafi in 2011 has placed both a humanitarian as well as a security crisis on Europe’s doorstep.
Libya today has two governments—one in Tripoli and the other in Tobruk. Only the latter is internationally recognized. Its borders are porous. Its security in the hands of groups that often have no more than local control.
An illicit network of traffickers has thrived amid this chaos. Thousands of migrants daily risk deadly voyages across the Mediterranean Sea to flee desperate conditions in their homes in Africa and the Middle East.
The traffickers are not the only ones exploiting the instability. The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State (IS), has put down roots in Libya prompting concern that the terrorists are now at striking distance from Europe.
Head of US Southern Command says terrorists could one day use criminal networksA demand in the United States for drugs—specifically cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamines—is devastating communities across Latin America, says Marine Corps Gen John F. Kelly, Commander of US Southern Command.
Illegal trafficking networks pose not just a security threat, they also have corrosive effects on governance and the rule of law countries in which they operate. In fact, cocaine-related corruption is a significant problem in the police and judiciaries in Central America, Kelly said at the Atlantic Council May 19.
“The reason these countries have these problems is because of drug consumption in the United States,” he said. In every drug deal “there are hundreds of people who have lost their lives in the process of that cocaine being … dealt into the United States.”
Kupchinsky was a warrior, both on and off the battlefield. A man of passion who fought for his ideals with a singular determination, he devoted his life to seeing Ukraine become free. He came of age on the battlefields of Vietnam, but most of his fighting was done not with violence, but with words.
Atlantic Council’s Montanino faults creditors for not adopting a forward-looking approach in negotiations with AthensThe Greek government and its creditors—the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund—have made mistakes over the course of three months of negotiations aimed at securing a commitment from Greece to undertake economic reforms before the latest €7.2 billion ($8.15 billion) tranche of the country’s bailout fund is released, says the Atlantic Council’s Andrea Montanino.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras wants to roll back some reforms implemented by his predecessor arguing that it would boost the GDP. Greece’s creditors say such a move would further undermine Greece’s ability to repay its debts.
“At the end of the day, I stand on the creditors’ side because Greece needs to assure the markets that it is moving on a sustainable path,” said Montanino, Director, Global Business and Economics Program at the Atlantic Council.
“But I don’t stand on the creditors’ side in them having such a short-term approach, instead of trying to build a consensus in Greece for a reform path. I am not so sure that is the right way of approaching this issue,” he added, while advocating for a more forward-looking process.
But in reality, the much-publicized gathering turned out to be “much ado about very little”—and Gulf states are actually deeply disappointed—said Dov Zakheim, Senior Fellow at CNA Corp. and a former US Undersecretary of Defense in the George W. Bush administration.