John E. Herbst

  • Herbst Joins NPR to Discuss Tensions Between Russia and the U.S.


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  • Herbst Quoted in POLITICO on Trump's Campaign Staffer and Russian Intelligence


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  • Herbst Joins CNN to Discuss Russia Kicking Out U.S. Diplomats


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  • Herbst Quoted in Polygraph on Europe's Energy Dependenceon Russia


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  • White House Joins European Allies, Expels Russians Over UK Poisoning

    By expelling sixty Russians from the United States and closing the Russian consulate in Seattle, the administration of US President Donald J. Trump has made a decisive move against the Kremlin for its attack in the United Kingdom (UK).

    These actions were taken alongside announcements from fifteen European countries that they, too, would expel Russian diplomats from their nations over Moscow’s actions.

    The White House announced on March 26 that the expulsion of Russian citizens—including twelve intelligence officers from Russia’s mission to the United Nations—was a direct response to the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with a nerve agent on March 4. Russia’s consulate was closed due to its proximity to submarine bases and Boeing offices in Seattle.

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  • Putin’s ‘Election’ And Why It’s Time for the West to Get Its Act Together

    Vladimir Kara-Murza bristles when the words “election” and “Vladimir Putin” are strung together in the same sentence.

    “There are many ways to describe what happened in Russia [on March 18]. Election is not one of them,” said the Russian opposition figure who, despite surviving two apparent poisonings, remains an ardent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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  • Britain Expels Russian Diplomats Over Attempted Assassination. Is that Enough?

    British Prime Minister Theresa May on March 14 expelled twenty-three Russian diplomats and suspended high-level contacts with Moscow after blaming Russia for poisoning a former Russian spy and his daughter in the United Kingdom. The expulsion, which May described as the largest in more than thirty years, will add further strain to an already tense relationship between London and Moscow.

    But is that an adequate response to ongoing Russian belligerence?

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  • A State of Mind: Tillerson vs. Pompeo on the Issues, and What that Means for US Foreign Policy

    Newly former US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his replacement, former Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo, do not necessarily see eye to eye on every major foreign policy issue. Their divergent views raise serious questions as to how the shake-up in leadership at Foggy Bottom will alter the course of US foreign policy around the world.

    In particular, Pompeo has a history of disparaging the Iran nuclear deal and remains supportive of US President Donald J. Trump’s harsh rhetoric on North Korea. As the White House prepares for Trump to sit down with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sometime this spring and threatens to withdraw from the Iran deal, Pompeo could tip the policy scales and pivot away from the work done by Tillerson’s State Department.

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  • Q&A: Tillerson Out, Pompeo In. What Does It Mean for Russia and Ukraine?

    On March 13, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was sacked. US President Donald Trump plans to replace him with former CIA director Mike Pompeo.

    UkraineAlert asked its experts the following: What does Pompeo think about Russian President Vladimir Putin and his aggressive foreign policy? What does the leadership change mean for US policy toward Ukraine and Russia? Do you expect any changes? Will he support US Special Representative for Ukraine Ambassador Kurt Volker’s efforts to bring peace to Ukraine?

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  • Trump’s Wise Policy on Russia

    This article is part of a series that reflects on the first year of the Trump administration.

    As a candidate and president-elect, Donald Trump spoke constantly about the need to improve relations with Russia.  He also spoke positively about Russian President Vladimir Putin.  During Trump’s first weeks in office, his administration began to look seriously at reviewing and perhaps easing, if not lifting, sanctions on Russia related to Moscow’s war in Donbas and its interference in the US presidential election. So, there were clear expectations that Trump might adopt a softer Russia policy than former US President Barack Obama.

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