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.
The road to Syria runs through Tehran. Our attention should be on regime change in Iran first. Only when the ayatollahs are swept aside is there even a glimmer of a chance for Middle East peace and security.
Winter Is Coming tells how both Russia’s domestic ferment and its foreign policy affected (and were affected by) Western, particularly American, attitudes and actions.
Western countries should press Ukraine to reform but not lose their patience overnight. Putin cannot be allowed to win in Ukraine.
The Obama administration’s failed policy towards Russia stems from its fundamental misunderstanding of Putin’s motives.
Whoever wins the 2016 presidential election must simultaneously pursue the elimination of Iran’s nuclear threat and a robust policy based on US leadership and full participation to destroy ISIS, not ultimately, but now.
To alter Putin’s increasingly assertive foreign policy, the West must appreciate the domestic and foreign drivers of his actions and formulate their response accordingly.
Strategic concerns and domestic political considerations make it unlikely that Putin will abandon his longtime ally, Bashar al-Assad anytime soon.
Evidence that terrorists destroyed a Russian civilian passenger plane over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula continues to mount, although competent authorities still decline to say so definitively.
Mired in multiple crises, the European Union is increasingly inward looking, much to the detriment of its neighbors to the East.