from MacroScope:

A question of gas

May 2, 2014

A Ukrainian soldier sits on top of an APC at a checkpoint outside the city of Slaviansk

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in Washington for talks with Barack Obama after Europe and the United States imposed wider sanctions on Russia.

from Anatole Kaletsky:

Why the Russian sanctions don’t work

May 1, 2014

putin!!

Why did the U.S. and European sanctions against Russia earlier this week trigger a rebound in the ruble and the Moscow stock market?

from The Great Debate:

U.S. v Russia: Searching for Kennan

April 28, 2014

No matter how counterintuitive it may seem, Washington needs to stop lecturing Russian President Vladimir Putin if it wants to resolve problems with him.

from MacroScope:

Nearer to the brink

April 25, 2014

De-escalation?  Forget it. Ukrainian forces killed up to five pro-Moscow rebels in the east yesterday and Russia launched army drills near the border in response.

from Anatole Kaletsky:

Abe’s disturbing lack of focus

April 24, 2014

President Barack Obama’s trip to Asia this week has focused mostly on Japan’s territorial disputes with China. On this issue, Obama seems to be repeating the same mistakes he made in Ukraine.

from MacroScope:

Talking the talk

April 24, 2014

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi delivers a speech in Amsterdam which will fixate the markets following his recent statement that a stronger euro would prompt an easing of monetary policy.

from The Great Debate:

Why the Obamacare fight never ends

April 24, 2014

“I know every American isn't going to agree with this law,” President Barack Obama said about the Affordable Care Act at his April 17 news briefing, “but I think we can agree that it's well past time to move on.”

from The Great Debate:

Obama: Going ‘all in’ for the Asian Century

April 22, 2014

The reaction in Asia to the dominance of U.S. power is only surpassed by a fear that the United States is in retreat.

from The Great Debate:

The right way to help minority boys

April 21, 2014

 

The Obama administration recently hosted one of several conference calls with men of color as part of My Brother’s Keeper, a new five-year, $200-million White House initiative aimed at "helping young men and boys of color facing tough odds reach their full potential.”

from David Rohde:

Special Report: How the U.S. made its Putin problem worse

April 19, 2014

WASHINGTON AND NEW YORK | BY DAVID ROHDE AND ARSHAD MOHAMMED

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G8 Summit at Lough Erne in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, in this June 17, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/KEVIN LAMARQUE/FILES

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G8 Summit at Lough Erne in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, in this June 17, 2013 file photo.
REUTERS/KEVIN LAMARQUE/FILES