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After months of failed policy from the West, it is clear that economic sanctions and international condemnation alone are not enough to force Vladimir Putin to abandon his support of Ukrainian “separatists”. Such measures matter little to Putin in comparison to the ideological, geopolitical, and domestic political imperatives that push him to pursue a total victory in Ukraine. Unless the West can convince Putin that a belligerent policy towards Russia’s near abroad is not worth pursuing—by drastically increasing the domestic rather than international cost of his aggression—Moscow’s actions in Ukraine are likely to serve as a precedent for future confrontations with the West in the region.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting with members of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, October 1, 2015. Reuters

Republicans must make 2016 a national-security election and nominate someone who understands the urgent strategic perils the next president will face—worldwide, but especially in the Middle East.

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Moscow’s plan in Syria is less about ISIS or developing a partnership with the West to counter the group, and more about tipping the balance of power toward Assad.

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C) poses for a picture during a ceremony to award Mufti Ildus Faizov (seated), the region's top religious leader who was wounded in a car bombing on July 19, the Order of Courage, as he visits the town of Bolgar, part of "White Mosque" complex, in Tatarstan region August 28, 2012. Reuters

Radical Islam is increasingly prevalent among groups residing not only in the North Caucasus but in the Russian heartland, a development which could have serious consequences for the security of Russia, Europe and the world.

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President Barack Obama extends his hand to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting at the United Nations General Assembly in New York September 28, 2015. Reuters

Experience has shown that President Obama’s rhetorical appeals to common ground with Vladimir Putin will fall on deaf ears.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is helping to bolster the Assad regime in Syria and make a challenge of American dominance in the region. Putin is set to meet with President Obama to discuss the latest developments in Syria.

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (C) shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin as U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Tefft (L) watches at the presidential residence of Bocharov Ruchey in Sochi, Russia May 12, 2015.  REUTERS/Joshua Roberts.

President Obama must learn from his administration’s diplomatic missteps and not meet with Vladimir Putin to discuss Russia’s involvement in Syria’s Civil.

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While reform of the European Union is certainly needed, conservatives must not allow Euroskeptic politicians to dismantle it.

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Today’s Europe faces many of the challenges and suffers from many of the dysfunctions that it did during the interwar period.

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NATO needs a new strategy for aspirant countries like Georgia and Ukraine. The “made in Moscow” alternative means damaged American credibility, fewer US allies, and more broken destinies for nations that have surely suffered enough.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with members of the government at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia, August 5, 2015. Reuters

Only a forward-leaning US policy designed to revitalize the transatlantic relationship will slow Putin’s ambitions in Europe.

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