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Hindsight Up Front | Ukraine

As the conflict in Ukraine continues to unfold, it becomes clear that it will have profound consequences for the stability of Europe, the future of NATO, perceptions of American power around the world, the health and success of democracy around the world, and how the United States navigates burgeoning strategic competition with Russia and China. With this series, the Wilson Center will identify the key forces at play, assess their implications for critical American interests, and explore the viewpoints of all the major players in Europe’s first 21st century strategic crisis.

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Can Trade Be Moral?

The same countries that now sanction Russia once enriched its authoritarian government—and others like it—through free trade practices. For the Russia File blog, Boris Grozovski asks if the West is ready for a moral trade doctrine.

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Why Did Russia Give Away Crimea Sixty Years Ago?

Crimea was part of Russia from 1783, when the Tsarist Empire annexed it a decade after defeating Ottoman forces in the Battle of Kozludzha, until 1954, when the Soviet government transferred Crimea from the Russian Soviet Federation of Socialist Republics (RSFSR) to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (UkrSSR). Not until 1992, just after the Soviet Union was dissolved, did additional material about this episode emerge.

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