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Edward Fishman: The Senate Just Passed a Monumental New Russia Sanctions Bill—Here’s What’s In It

Today, the Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill that would fortify existing sanctions on Russia and add new restrictions. If the bill becomes law, it would mark the most significant step taken by Congress on Russia policy in recent history.

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Joschka Fischer: Angela Merkel’s Challenge to Europe

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has never been regarded as an especially inspiring orator. In fact, she has a reputation for gently talking her audiences to sleep. But that all changed a few days ago. While campaigning in the Munich suburb of Trudering, Merkel, speaking from a beer tent, delivered a powerful speech that dominated headlines on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Petro Poroshenko: G7 must face down Russia or suffer disaster

In 1936, when Winston Churchill cautioned that the “era of procrastination” was coming to an end and that the world was entering a “period consequences,” his warning had already gone unheeded for too long. Two years earlier, the British statesman had warned Europe about the impending peril and was dismissed as an alarmist.

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Why Ukraine’s Worst Enemy Is Not Vladimir Putin

Identifying Ukraine’s enemies has become a popular pastime. Unsurprisingly, Russia was the first one to be listed after the Kremlin dropped any pretense of Slavic fraternity and invaded the country.

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Richard N. Haass: The Second Year of Europe

More than four decades ago, US National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger declared 1973 to be “The Year of Europe.” His aim was to highlight the need to modernize the Atlantic relationship and, more specifically, the need for America’s European allies to do more with the United States in the Middle East and against the Soviet Union in Europe.

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Atlantic Council: Why Did Putin Get Stuck in Eastern Ukraine?

Russia’s hybrid war against Ukraine is now entering its fourth year, but there was a time when few expected it to last even four weeks. The virtually bloodless seizure of Crimea, which fell to Russian troops in early 2014 without a fight, led most observers to conclude that Ukraine was effectively defenseless and at Moscow’s mercy.

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James Sherr. Ukraine three years on: a basis for optimism

Three years ago, ‘little green men’ appeared in Crimea, a prelude to Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea on 18 March 2014, and its so-called hybrid war in the Donbas. These developments are no longer a horrifying novelty but rather a wearisome and deceptively stable set of facts often overshadowed by others scarcely foreseen several years ago:

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Phillip Karber: Ukraine faces Russia’s ”new-generation warfare”

Dr. Phillip Karber never projected that Ukraine would be able to withstand Russian military aggression for as long as it has – three years already.

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Joseph E. Stiglitz: How to Survive the Trump Era

In barely a month, US President Donald Trump has managed to spread chaos and uncertainty – and a degree of fear that would make any terrorist proud – at a dizzying pace. Not surprisingly, citizens and leaders in business, civil society, and government are struggling to respond appropriately and effectively.

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