Post Tagged with: "Putin"

by / on December 21, 2014 at 2:55 pm / in Current Issue, World

Obama’s Stick: Big Enough?

What doctrine constitutes Obama’s foreign policy thus far? What options are left to Obama in his final two years to complete foreign policy goals and strengthen American power abroad? And what will be Obama’s legacy in foreign policy?

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by / on March 22, 2014 at 6:34 pm / in Asha Banerjee, Europe, Uncategorized, Web Columnists, World

Physician, Heal Thyself!

While Putin certainly felt that he was, “returning [Crimea] to their home harbor,” his actions were aggressive and unwarranted. However, in condemning Putin’s brazen defiance of international law, it is critical that the West’s foreign policy towards Russia and Ukraine evolves from “Big Bad Vlad Stealing”, which is little more than a return to Cold War-politics, to a response that reflects the nuances and complexities of the Crimean situation.

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by / on February 17, 2014 at 9:18 pm / in Ben Rimland, Middle East, Web Columnists, World

The (invisible) Red Line

There remains, however, a single and constant truth in the conflict; the West—in particular, the United States—has suffered one of the most dire strategic losses in its foreign policy over the past thirty years.

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by / on January 6, 2014 at 11:10 pm / in Europe, Fall 2013, World

Petrol Patronage

Hassan Rouhani’s election as President of Iran has generated great excitement in the West. But the new president is not the only actor who could stand to play an important role in resolving the ongoing crisis between Iran and the West.

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by / on May 4, 2012 at 2:09 am / in Europe, World

Disputin

In Russia’s parliamentary elections on December 4, 2011, United Russia – the party of President-turned-Prime Minister-turned-current-President Vladimir Putin – won the majority of seats in the Duma, the Russian Parliament, amid cries (and video evidence) of widespread election fraud.

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by / on May 4, 2012 at 2:07 am / in Arctic and Antarctic, World

Dire Straits

Currently, the world’s geostrategic center is shifting northward, and few of us are paying attention.

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by / on March 25, 2012 at 3:45 pm / in Opinion, World

Blocked Blocs

As predicted, Vladimir Putin won the March 4 Russian presidential elections with over 60 percent of the vote. What followed were the expected accusations of illegitimacy from members of the opposition.

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by / on March 3, 2012 at 1:16 pm / in Opinion, World

Don’t Rock the Boat

On Sunday, Russians from St. Petersburg to Vladivostok will vote to decide who will be president for the next six years.

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by / on February 1, 2012 at 2:00 pm / in Most Recent Column, Opinion, World

Russian Defrost?

This month, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev sent a bill to the Duma calling for the reinstatement of direct gubernatorial elections by the people of Russia’s provinces.

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by / on September 28, 2011 at 2:14 pm / in Most Recent Column, Opinion, World

Russia’s Revolving Door

by Post-Cold War Russia has never been considered a paragon of democracy or political freedom. From bloody suppression in Chechnya to the ultra-rich oligarchs that make the economy spin, aspects of Russia and its government have always raised eyebrows in the international community. Yet even so, the Russian government — up to this point — has made a decent effort in […]

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