Crimea

  • Kordosova: Obama's Chance to Ensure a Free Europe

    Brent Scowcroft Center Associate Director Simona Kordosova writes for U.S. News & World Report on how the crisis in Ukraine has opened a window for the Obama administration to unite Europe:

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  • Remarks from President Obama on the Situation in Ukraine

    President Obama made remarks on the situation in Ukraine at 11a.m. EDT, Thursday, March 20 from the White House lawn.
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  • Russian Aggression Puts NATO in Spotlight


    Russia's annexation of Crimea has suddenly revived the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's central role as a counterweight to Moscow, and with it questions about the alliance's options and ability to act.

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  • Amid Russia's Assault, Ukraine's Interim Leaders Scramble to Reform Their Government

    Arseniy Yatsenyuk, a thirty-nine-year-old economist, lawyer, and now Ukrainian prime minister, is laboring to democratize his country while Russia, far better armed, works to subvert it. His job, Yatsenyuk has said, is "political suicide." Russia has forcibly seized Crimea, while Ukraine desperately needs quick loans just to pay its debts. Yatsenyuk has only sixty-seven days before the May 25 election for a new president, which could re-ignite old battles among the political parties that, for now, support him.

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  • Secretary General: NATO Allies Stand with Ukraine

    [R]ecent events in Ukraine have shown that we cannot take that security and stability for granted. And that we need to stand up for our values.
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  • Amid Russia's Assault, Ukraine’s New Government Focuses on Reform

    While Russia’s takeover of Crimea has dealt a heavy blow in Kyiv, the young Ukrainian government is nonetheless pressing to pass large-scale reforms. Late last week, deputy education minister Inna Sovsun sighed in frustration as she described layers of corruption in a school system where apparently everything had been up for sale. Under President Viktor Yanukovych, school directors had been closing schools to sell off the buildings and pocket the money, she said. Putting away her personal Mac before heading into another meeting with her staff, the minister asked: “Do you know what’s been happening in Crimea this morning? I haven’t had time to check the news.”
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  • US Suggests Baltics War Games in Response to Russian 'Land Grab'

    The United States is considering sending troops for war games in the Baltic states bordering Russia, Vice President Joe Biden said on Tuesday in an effort to reassure NATO allies alarmed at the Kremlin's intervention in Ukraine.
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  • Geopolitics 101: History Matters

    As President Vladimir Putin moves to consolidate Russian autonomy over Crimea with a referendum, the West continues to struggle to find acceptable policies to reverse or punish this encroachment. Short of a military response that would be profoundly reckless and exceedingly dangerous, in these policy deliberations by the West led by Washington, history seems to be missing in action. Sometimes history matters.
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  • Slavin: Crimea Crisis Could Reduce Sanctions Pressure on Iran

    Barbara Slavin, South Asia Center senior fellow, writes for Al Jazeera America on how the crisis in Crimea has taken pressure off the Obama administration's negotiations with Iran:

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  • Where's NATO's Strong Response to Russia's Invasion of Crimea?

    As Russia completes its invasion and eventual annexation of Crimea -- and possibly threatens more Ukrainian territory -- one can be forgiven for asking, "Where's NATO?"
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