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Moscow, We Have a Problem

If the end result in 2008 is for Russia to be more prosperous but to have simply traded one group of “the powerful” who are unaccountable and operate above the law for another, that may not be the legacy Putin is looking to leave behind.

UNdeniable Value

With the legacy of genocide in Rwanda, acrimony over the Iraq War and the oil-for-food scandal, U.S. attitudes towards the UN are close to their nadir. But taking a more  pragmatic approach to the UN in pursuit of American interests is the right p

Courting the Saudis-and Catastrophe

To fully appreciate President Bush’s recent addresses to the nation one must follow the footsteps of his vice president—to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

On Iran and Energy, According to Russia

Russia’s First Deputy Press Secretary to President Putin Dmitry Peskov lays out the stakes for Russia with a nuclear-armed Iran and makes clear that Russia sees the gas pipeline running through Belarus as Russian property.

Going South? NATO Still Split on Afghanistan

The willingness of some NATO countries to put their own troops in the line of fire and take the political heat can probably survive Taliban attacks—but not the perception that they are being played by more cynical allies. 

The Tricky Path to North Korea

Nikolas K. Gvosdev, editor of The National Interest, provides insight into the difficulties that the United States faces in gaining consensus on how to address the North Korean threat.

The Council and a Two-Headed Monster

Instead of entering acrimonious talks on Iran sanctions, the Security Council should consider an infinitely pragmatic proposition.

Cyprus State of Denial: Nothing Like Peace To Keep CNN Away

Lessons of the conflict? Better to keep refugees in squalor; indulge radicalism.

A Separate Peace?

U.S., EU ready to dissect Serbia. But Kosovo’s independence would not be a surgical solution.

Forum on Lebanon

Just as the Lebanese must adjust to a severely altered landscape within their country, the United States must also adapt to the Middle East's transformed geopolitical landscape.

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April 17, 2014