International Security

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.

A Clash of Foreign Policies

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The war raging in Syria involves not just numerous fighting sides, both state and non-state, but also rival political strategies. The foreign policies of Moscow and Washington had been headed for collision for quite a while, and they finally met in Syria. The clash between them is proving fateful for the region and for all the players involved.

Entry Is One Ruble, Exit Is Two

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The troika gathered at a polished table surrounded by the insignia of the Russian state and made their pronouncements reluctantly, as if caught in the middle of an absorbing card game. All three looked baffled at themselves during the entire 10-minute news segment devoted to Moscow’s surprise move to withdraw the bulk of Russian forces from Syria.

Unpredictability: Tactical Virtue Turned Strategy

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