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epa03700797 US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul leaves the Russian Foreign Ministry headquarters in Moscow, Russia 15 May 2013. McFaul was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry over the detention of Ryan Christopher Fogle, a CIA operative who Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) said was trying to recruit a Russian special services agent.   The Russian Foreign Ministry said the suspected spy would be expelled and that US Ambassador Michael McFaul would be summoned to the ministry.  EPA/YURI KOCHETKOV

Putin is unlikely to be brought in from the cold, says former US envoy to Moscow Michael McFaul. Tunku Varadarajan Politico STANFORD, California — “I wish him well,” tweeted Michael McFaul, on the day Jon Huntsman was offered the delicate job of ambassador to Russia from the United States. It’s the job… Unquiet American… Read More »

Vladmir Putin’s battle of Berlin

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No country in Western Europe is more vulnerable to Russian propaganda than Germany. James Kirchick Politico Europeans are waking up to the fact that Russia is trying to do by peaceful means what the Soviet Union once threatened by violent ones: overthrow democratic governments. Utilizing methods both… Vladmir Putin’s battle… Read More »

The Hysteria Over Russia Is Causing Serious Foreign Policy Problems

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National security experts say the domestic political situation is leading to a rapid deterioration of the already fragile relationship with Russia. Mollie Hemingway The Federalist The fifth season of “The Americans,” the FX series about two Soviet spies posing as an American couple living near Washington DC in the 1980s, began airing this week. The Washington Post’s… The Hysteria Over… Read More »

Can international force save Gaza?

Palestinians take part in a protest against the Gaza blockade, near Israeli Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip January 5, 2017. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa - RTX2XME1

Anyone following media reports about the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip did not need the assessment offered by Military Intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Herzl Halevy that the powder keg that is Gaza will blow up in Israel’s face. Akiva Eldar Al Monitor A recent survey commissioned by the Israeli human rights organization Gisha shows that 67% of Israelis believe the nearly decadelong Israeli blockade of Gaza has undermined Israeli security, and 70% believe that an improvement… Can international force… Read More »

Trump’s Russophiles under investigation, Europe remains ‘en garde’

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Last Friday U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the ongoing FBI probe of the case of the Russian interference in the US Presidential elections favoring Donald Trump. Dennis Kefalakos European Sting He said “I have recused myself in the matters that deal with the Trump campaign.” Last September, the… Trump’s Russophiles under… Read More »

Updating Cyprus’ money-laundering record

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Just over two weeks ago, Transparency International published a report called “Top Secret Countries Keep Financial Crime Fighting Data to… Fiona Mullen in.cyprus Transparency and good preventive practices are important because money-laundering cases are difficult to… The Magnitksy case, for example, has been open in… Updating Cyprus’ money… Read More »

Nuclear Weapons: Trust But Modernize

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The United States is planning to modernize its nuclear deterrent over the next 25 years, an effort already two decades late in implementation. Peter Huessy The Daily Caller That delay, a procurement holiday, resulted in all elements of our nuclear enterprise—the warheads, the communications, the submarines, the land based missiles and the bombers and their associated cruise missiles… Nuclear Weapons: Trust… Read More »

A New Era In Pakistan-Turkey Relationship

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On November 17, 2016, there was pin drop silence in Pakistan’s Parliament as the country’s most respectable guest rose to deliver a… Kaswar Klasra ValueWork He was none other than Turkish President Recep Tayyip… “Honorable National Assembly Speaker, Honorable Chairman of the Senate, esteemed Members of the… A New Era… Read More »

Russia, NATO hold first high-level military talks since freeze

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Senior Russian and NATO military chiefs on March 3 held their first phone talks since ties between the two sides collapsed over the crisis in Ukraine, the Defense Ministry in Moscow… Hurriyet  The chairman of the NATO Military Committee Petr Pavel called Russian Chief of Staff Valery Gerasimov to discuss the possible restarting of military coordination and… Russia, NATO hold… Read More »

Let’s Settle the Russia Question Once and for All

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A nonpartisan commission can finally shed light on Trump’s problem that just won’t go away. Gary Hart The National Interest Presidents in the past, most notably Bill Clinton with Boris Yeltsin and George W. Bush with Vladimir Putin, have committed what might be called the “buddy fallacy” where U.S.-Russian relations were concerned. That is, they… Let’s Settle the… Read More »

Here’s What Would Happen If Russia and NATO Went War (or World War III)

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How much of a threat do Russia’s emerging 5th-generation stealth fighter, nuclear arsenal, high-tech air defenses, anti-satellite weapons, conventional army and submarines pose to NATO and the U.S.? Kris Osborn The National Interest Current tensions between Russia and NATO are leading many to carefully assess this question and examine the current state of weaponry and technological sophistication of the Russian military — with a mind to better… Here’s What Would… Read More »

Protesters fight domestic violence law changes in shadows of Russia’s conservative push

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Russians opposed to the decriminalisation of domestic violence say they have not given up hope of bringing in a new law to protect women. Lisa Millar ABC But they are up against changing cultural norms that are seeing Russia become increasingly conservative. President Vladimir Putin signed… Protesters fight domestic… Read More »

White House accused of blocking information on bank’s Trump-Russia links

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New commerce secretary Wilbur Ross’s response about possible links between Bank of Cyprus, Russian agents and Trump officials wasn’t released to Senate Stephanie Kirchgaessner The Guardian The White House has been accused of withholding information from Congress about whether Donald Trump or any of his campaign affiliates have ever… White House accused… Read More »

What is Russia’s role in Syria and the ‘post-West’ world order?

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It’s become customary not to expect much from the Syria peace conferences. Maxim A. Suchkov Al Monitor The warring parties argue around same mutual claims, often stick to maximalist positions and frequently seem more interested in trying to project a sympathetic image to outside observers than in discussing the issues on the agenda. External sponsors, in… What is Russia’s… Read More »

Is there a US diplomacy vacuum at the UN in Geneva?

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“Where is the US in all this? I can’t tell you because I don’t know.” Imogen Foulkes BBC News These were the words of the United Nations special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, days before a fresh round of peace talks began. Only a few months… Is there a… Read More »

Game theory says publicly shaming cyberattackers could backfire

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Know your enemy, the saying goes. Chelsea Whyte New Scientist But when it comes to cyberattacks, a game theory model suggests that just knowing the perpetrator and pointing the finger at them might not be the best tactic, and could even play into the hands of the attacker. Attributing cyberattacks to Game theory says… Read More »