Seven Dangers of Engaging with the Occupied Donbas—and Opportunities for the New Ukrainian President

Ukraine’s new president says he wants to end the Russian-backed war in the country’s east. However, it won’t be easy. There are at least seven dangers of engaging with the occupied territories of the Donbas. The first danger is that a class of highly educated and trained leaders is completely absent. All key positions, whether […]

EU Policy In The Face Of The Chinese Challenge

  As the People’s Republic of China transforms itself into a technological and military superpower, while maintaining a party-state system, there is increasing debate at the heart of the EU about the terms on which relations with the country should be pursued. Pressure has been exerted on the debate by the EU’s main ally, the […]

One Ukraine? Think Again

Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s recent landslide victory in Ukraine’s presidential election over incumbent Petro Poroshenko has spawned intense speculation. The most intriguing is the assertion that we are witnessing the long-awaited emergence of a “new” Ukraine that is no longer divided along overlapping regional, ethnic, and linguistic fault lines because Zelenskyy won in all of the country’s […]

Russian passport as a mechanism for the Kremlin’s influence on the new Ukrainian government

Experts and journalists sat down in Kyiv to discuss consequences of Russia’s move to issue passports to Ukrainians living in the occupied territories of Donbas and attempts to find effective mechanisms for countering the aggressor.   “When we talk about ‘passportization’, this is an absolutely typical move taken in the conditions of annexation. But in […]

Russian Intrigues In The Middle East

Russian diplomacy is well known for its apparent readiness to engage with all parties to the multiple conflicts in the Middle East, and this characteristic has recently produced another awkward tangle of opportunistic intrigues. President Vladimir Putin fancies himself a master of communicating with difficult counterparts, but he is by no means a grandmaster capable […]

As U.S. Pressure On Turkey Mounts Over S-400 Missile System, Russia Vows Timely Delivery

Passions run high around S-400 missile defense system purchased by Turkey but not yet delivered as well as a possible war in the Persian Gulf between Iran and the U.S. and with possible involvement of Arab countries and Israel on the side of Washington. The delivery of S-400 missile defense systems to Turkey is going […]

A Pitch for a Nationwide 5G Network Tailor-Made for Trump’s 2020 Campaign

Earlier this spring, Karl Rove, the veteran Republican strategist, was making the rounds in Congress to talk up Rivada Networks, a telecommunications company with a 5G business model predicated on partnering with the Department of Defense. Rove, a registered lobbyist for and investor in Rivada, met with staff members of the Senate Armed Services Committee […]