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America Should Let the Europeans Lead in Ukraine

America Should Let the Europeans Lead in Ukraine

The recent report by eight former U.S. senior diplomatic and military officials urging the United States and NATO to bolster Ukraine's defense by providing military assistance to Ukraine -- including lethal defensive assistance -- is misguided and dangerous.

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Russian independent media takes on Putin “in exile”

Russian independent media takes on Putin “in exile”

If 2014 is to be known for the significant expansion to Russian state-owned English language media, 2015 may be the year of the Russian independent media "in exile."

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Isolated Systems: The Political Economy of Iranian-Turkmen Relations

Isolated Systems: The Political Economy of Iranian-Turkmen Relations

Economic and political isolation envelop the two energy giants.

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Azerbaijan to U.S.: What About Human Rights?

Azerbaijan to U.S.: What About Human Rights?

What is clear is that Azerbaijan, like Russia, is placing renewed emphasis tried-and-true Soviet-era techniques, including “whataboutism,” a term coined by U.S. analysts to describe the Soviet officials’ attempts to deflect Western criticism by appealing to the West’s failures.

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Putin’s dramatic press conference

Putin’s dramatic press conference

If the ads running on Russian TV right now are accurate, Putin's press conference on Dec. 18 is going to be the most exciting thing this year.

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Putin’s Internetphobia punts Google

Putin’s Internetphobia punts Google

Several months after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared the Internet is a "CIA project," the effects of his unabashed digital paranoia have already been felt big time.

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East and West must come together in Ukraine

East and West must come together in Ukraine

In a disturbing yet somewhat surreal turn of events, Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko unveiled his latest weapon in the ongoing war with Russian separatists in the East: a Cabbage Patch Kids-style ragdoll.

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Options for Ukraine to diversify its energy sources

Options for Ukraine to diversify its energy sources

The current crisis in Ukraine has pitted the United States and its allies in Europe against Russia. Russia has demonstrated the will to use political and military force to pressure Ukraine and the West, but its most effective method of coercion may still be targeting Ukraine’s dependence on Russian natural gas.

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Why RT ❤’s Ferguson

Why RT ❤’s Ferguson

For Russian state media, chaos and tensions in the U.S. are a propaganda goldmine.

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Getting Un-stuck From Red Dawn

Getting Un-stuck From Red Dawn

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A Method, Yet a Madness: Understanding Russian Democracy

A Method, Yet a Madness: Understanding Russian Democracy

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Preparing to Leave

Preparing to Leave

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Camp Victory, Afghanistan (2010)

Camp Victory, Afghanistan (2010)

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Politicized Political Journalism

Politicized Political Journalism

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It Takes a (Potemkin) Village

It Takes a (Potemkin) Village

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