The Great Debate

Are Ukraine and the U.S. allies or not?

By M. Rojansky, T.E. Graham and M. Kofman
June 10, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, September 18, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Want to know Vladimir Putin’s secrets? They’re all right on his face.

By Dan Hill
June 10, 2015

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“I looked into Mr. Putin’s eyes,” Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) joked after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin, “and I saw three things: a ‘K’ and a ‘G’ and a ‘B.’”

Vladimir Putin is not planning annexation of Ukraine enclaves, but diplomacy is flailing

By Lucian Kim
May 29, 2015
A woman with a boy looks at a tank as it drives through the settlement Khutor Chkalova on its way to the Russian military training ground 'Kuzminsky' near the Russian-Ukrainian border in the Rostov region

A woman with a boy looks at a tank as it drives through the settlement Khutor Chkalova on its way to the Russian military training ground ‘Kuzminsky’ on the Russians side of the border with Ukraine, May 26, 2015. REUTERS/Maria Tsvetkova

Breakdown in U.S.-Russia relations raises risk of nuclear-armed jihadists

By Josh Cohen
May 26, 2015
A radiation warning sign is seen on a fence at a nuclear waste disposal plant in Fokino

A radiation warning sign is seen on a fence at a nuclear waste disposal plant in the town of Fokino in Russia’s far-eastern Primorsky region March 28, 2014. REUTERS/Yuri Maltsev

Why Poland’s presidential election may shake up the European Union

By Ola Cichowlas
May 22, 2015
Polish President Komorowski and his wife Anna speak to media after casting votes in presidential election at polling station in Warsaw

Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and his wife Anna speak to the media after voting in the first round of the presidential election at a polling station in Warsaw, Poland, May 10, 2015. REUTERS/Slawomir Kaminski / Agencja Gazeta

Vladimir Putin calls Ukraine fascist and country’s new law helps make his case

By Josh Cohen
May 14, 2015
A member of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) waits to depart to the frontline in eastern Ukraine, in central Kiev

A member of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) waits to depart to the frontline in eastern Ukraine, in central Kiev, March 17, 2015. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

How durable is the China-Russia ‘friendship?’

By William Courtney, David Sedney, Kenneth Yalowitz and Stephen Young
May 13, 2015
Russia's President Putin walks past China's President Xi during APEC forum in Beijing

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) walks past China’s President Xi Jinping during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Beijing, November 11, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

The EU may soon have Gazprom and Vladimir Putin running on fumes

By William E. Pomeranz
May 1, 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting on recent wildfires issues in Abakan

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting in Abakan, the Republic of Khakassia, April 21, 2015. REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Russia building nuclear reactors – and influence – around the globe

By Hannah Thoburn
April 29, 2015
Russia's President Putin, his Egyptian counterpart Sisi and Russia's Defence Minister Shoigu attend a welcoming ceremony onboard guided missile cruiser Moskva at Sochi

Russian President Vladimir Putin (2nd L), his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (2nd R) and Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (L) meet onboard a guided missile cruiser at the port of Sochi, August 12, 2014. REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Greek-Russia ties bloom as default looms

April 27, 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras attend a signing ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow, April 8, 2015. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras attend a signing ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow, April 8, 2015. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool