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Pavlo Klimkin, in Washington Visit, Speaks at Atlantic Council Forum

Ukraine’s government is ready to negotiate new political powers for local governments in southeastern Ukraine, but such a settlement will require first that Russia remove both the leaders and the mercenary fighters of the separatist militias that it has created there, said Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin. Russia “should take back” the leadership of the separatist movement in the Donbas region, a leadership dominated by “Russian citizens who have clear links to the Russian security [intelligence] services, and who don’t represent Donetsk and Lugansk [provinces] in any way,” Klimkin told policy specialists, journalists and diplomats in a forum sponsored by the Atlantic Council.

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The alarming expansion of the jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has prompted regional and international powerbrokers with vested security and economic interests in the broader Middle East to reassess their regional strategies. The United States and key Gulf states on one side, and Iran and Syria on the other, share an interest in the defeat of ISIS and the overall stability of Iraq. But is this common interest strong enough for long-standing rivals to put their differences aside in the name of regional security?

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The Tico Times quotes Adrienne Arsht Center Deputy Director Jason Marczak on the Venezuelan oil financing program Petrocaribe:

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Brent Scowcroft Center Program Assistant Robert Gramer writes for the Hill on why Europe and the United States are unlikely to respond to the crisis in Ukraine and the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in a meaningful way:

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The Wall Street Journal quotes Brent Scowcroft Center Resident Senior Fellow James Hasik on the resignation of Elana Broitman, the industrial policy chief at the Defense Department:

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South Asia Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Barbara Slavin writes for Al-Monitor on how the human rights situation is deteriorating for Iran's minority populations:

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Reuters quotes Rafik Hariri Center Nonresident Fellow Ramzy Mardini on how Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is using state television to persuade his population to help confront the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham:

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Brent Scowcroft Center Nonresident Senior Fellow James Joyner writes for Real Clear Defense on the Master's paper plagiarized by Montana Senator John Walsh at the Army War College:

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South Asia Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Barbara Slavin joins Voice of America's Issues in the News to discuss the situation in Ukraine following the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 and the ongoing crisis between Israel and Hamas:

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Brent Scowcroft Center Resident Fellow Erik Brattberg joins CCTV to discuss the investigation of downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17:

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