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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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Brexit and the Future of Europe

Britain, I believe, had the best of all possible deals with the European Union, being a member of the common market without belonging to the euro and having secured a number of other opt-outs from EU rules. And yet that was not enough to stop the United Kingdom’s electorate from voting to leave. Why?

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Ukraine’s Security Challenges and the Crisis of Global Order

Russia’s internal pathologies are creating a zone of instability in its periphery that could easily spread to the rest of the world. The war in Ukraine is entering a new stage. Although the shelling has stopped as of earlier this month, Russian troops in our country are attempting to implement Vladimir Putin’s strategy of undermining Ukraine’s independence and freedom.

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Russia’s War on Ukraine’s Economy

WASHINGTON, DC – Ukraine’s economy may no longer be in free fall, but it remains in dire straits. The country’s GDP contracted by 6.8% last year, and is forecast to shrink by another 9% this year – a total loss of roughly 16% over two years. Ukraine’s primary economic challenges are not homegrown; they are the result of Russian aggression.

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