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Putin’s Strategy is Divide and Conquer

Putin’s Strategy is Divide and Conquer

Putin's goal is to sow dissent and discord within Europe's ranks and erode the unity of the EU.

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Searching for—and Broadcasting—a New Gospel

Searching for—and Broadcasting—a New Gospel

A recent book examines the struggle in today's Russia for what and whom to believe in.

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If Europe is from Venus, then Russia is from Mars

If Europe is from Venus, then Russia is from Mars

European policy that is being made in regards to the Russian aggression toward Ukraine is based on the same premise: There is no military solution to the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

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The Greatest Threat to U.S. Security?

The Greatest Threat to U.S. Security?

If General Dunford is right, perhaps now is the time to reconsider military assistance to the Ukraine.

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Tensions Between Russia and the West Play Out Over Srebrenica

Tensions Between Russia and the West Play Out Over Srebrenica

Twenty years on, one of the largest massacres in Europe since World War II continues to spur controversy, now threatening to further divide Russia and the West.

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The Diplomatic Erosion of the SALT II Treaty: Russia Builds a New ICBM

The Diplomatic Erosion of the SALT II Treaty: Russia Builds a New ICBM

The threat of nuclear war was diminished greatly in the early 1980s after the SALT II treaty between the United States and Soviet Union created an agreed upon reduction of nuclear arms.

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In Ukraine, Peace Should First be Made with Words

In Ukraine, Peace Should First be Made with Words

If there is one commonality bridging the gap between East and West over Ukraine, it’s the overzealous usage of empathic words to signal one side’s resilience and self-righteousness in the face of the other’s perceived aggression.

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The Slow Drift Towards a New Cold War

The Slow Drift Towards a New Cold War

A further reversal of the integration and cultural exchanges between Russia, Central Europe and Western Europe that took place after 1989 came about this week when the United States announced it would station added military forces in countries near the Russian border.

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Jeb Bush’s Bush Problem

Jeb Bush’s Bush Problem

Jeb's strategy for avoiding being bogged down by his brother's own failures appears to be shifting the conversation from his family's political history to that of an old-but-new common enemy: Russia.

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Taking on Troll Farms

Taking on Troll Farms

If recent revelations are any indication, the well-oiled, Kremlin-sponsored troll machine has no intentions of closing up shop anytime soon.

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Under the Radar: Russia’s Other Growth Spurt

Under the Radar: Russia’s Other Growth Spurt

Just over two months ago, newspapers and other media outlets provided substantial coverage of Russia's activities in Crimea, more specifically the "celebration" marking one year since Russia's annexation of the region.

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Turkmenistan and Europe’s pipe dreams

Turkmenistan and Europe’s pipe dreams

On paper, Turkmenistan would be a great match for Europe's energy woes.

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Russian “Little Green Men” Memorial Gets Cat Treatment

Russian “Little Green Men” Memorial Gets Cat Treatment

If an invasion led by unidentifiable, but presumably Russian, troops wasn't odd enough for you, the memorial statue honoring their efforts may be.

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Islam in Belgrade, Serbia in the EU?

Islam in Belgrade, Serbia in the EU?

This is the second in a series of “Serbia: Snapshots” – considerations of different aspects of Serbian society as it approaches the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Accords, which ended the wars in Bosnia.

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Morning in Belgrade

Morning in Belgrade

This is the first in a series of "Serbia: Snapshots" – considerations of different aspects of Serbian society as it approaches the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Accords, which ended the wars in Bosnia.

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