NATO Can Reduce the Threat of Escalation With Russia

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(Bloomberg – – Leonid Bershidsky – July 7, 2016) The North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit starting in Warsaw on Friday will probably lead to increased — and unnecessary — tension between NATO and Russia. Yet it may also yield good results: Acknowledging the increased hostility might make it possible for the two sides to ensure there are fewer dangerous […]

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NEW BOOK – Ukraine Crisis: What it Means for the West

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Subject: NEW BOOK – Ukraine Crisis: What it Means for the West Date: Tue, 07 Oct 2014 From: Andrew Wilson <> My latest book Ukraine Crisis: What it Means for the West has just been published – the first major work on the crisis, its background and broader implications. The main thesis is that a triple crisis is still unfolding: […]

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Leaving Afghanistan

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( – Artemy M. Kalinovsky – February 15, 2014) Artemy M. Kalinovsky is Assistant Professor of East European Studies at the University of Amsterdam and the author of A Long Goodbye: The Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan (Harvard University Press, 2011). Twenty five years ago today, Soviet General Boris Gromov oversaw the final withdrawal from Afghanistan. How will the International Security […]

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RIA Novosti: Russians Unwilling to See Their First Love Again – Poll

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MOSCOW, February 14 (RIA Novosti) – Most Russians remember their first love but only 13 percent would like to meet up with that person again, a poll conducted ahead of St. Valentine’s Day showed. Eighty-five percent of adult Russians said they had fallen in love, while nine percent of Russians said they have never lost their hearts to another. Nearly […]

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TRANSCRIPT (excerpts): [Putin] Meeting with representatives of Russian human rights community

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( – January 23, 2014) In the course of the meeting, Vladimir Putin approved the proposal of human rights activists to nominate Ella Pamphilova candidate for the position of Russia’s Human Rights Commissioner. The meeting participants also discussed the development of the institution of human rights ombudsman and increasing the effectiveness of the system of regional human rights ombudsmen. Excerpts […]

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