International Security

Deconstructing the U.S.-Russian Impasse Over Syria

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To Mourn Is Not Enough

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A Russian charter plane went down last Saturday in Egypt taking 224 lives with it. It is Russia’s largest plane crash ever. None of the possible causes of the tragedy, from a technical failure, to human error, to a terrorist act, have been ruled out. As confusion rules, I thought I’d provide a glimpse into the public discussion of the tragedy.

The Russia-West Thaw Was Brief

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After devastating terror attacks against Russia and France, both countries are now at the center of a changing global security agenda. Both countries have ramped up their military operations in Syria. Both presidents, Vladimir Putin and Francois Hollande, have vowed to put together a broad, anti-terrorist coalition that would go beyond previous disagreements and even sectarian conflicts.

Russia’s Way of Managing Responsibility or Why the Kremlin Will Have To Escalate in Syria

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The Beginning of the End of Russia’s Estrangement from the West

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Russia’s Moving Targets

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Measuring the success of Russia’s largest and most recent “cross-border” projects—Ukraine and Syria—is extremely difficult. What could be considered Russia’s ultimate goals there?

With Russia, Belligerence Is Easy, Peacemaking Is Tough

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It’s tempting to think about Vladimir Putin as a politician enjoying a carte blanche of infinite proportions. He can annex territories, send troops to far-away places, cut spending on his people’s healthcare, and still get stellar approval ratings. But this is the reality of today’s Russia: being expansionist is easier for him than being focused on domestic policy issues.

The Kremlin Cannot Afford to Stop Propping Up Its Constructed Reality

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Can a Russian-Designed Peace Hold?

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The first major ceasefire in the five-year old war in Syria was in its third day on Monday morning. The U.S.-Russian deal for a cessation of hostilities that was announced early last week and came into effect on Saturday has not stopped the violence entirely, but major combating sides appeared to be holding off.

U.S. Relations with Central Europe: Love and Reason

17th Annual Czech and Slovak Freedom Lecture 

Keynote:

Ambassador Rastislav Káčer
Slovak Ambassador to Hungary

Ambassador Káčer is superbly qualified to comment on U.S. relations with Central Europe given his key role in negotiating Slovakia’s entry into NATO, his expertise on Transatlantic defense and security issues and his experience as Slovak Ambassador to Hungary.

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