Russia-NATO Relations

Point Counterpoint: Turkey Belongs in NATO

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NATO needs Turkey, and Turkey needs NATO.

Tweets Alone Won’t Save Idlib from Tragedy

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It will take direct and unified intervention, not tweets and condemnation, if the West is to head off a humanitarian catastrophe in Idlib.

Russia’s Tanker Threats Shouldn’t Worry Ukraine

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If past is precedent, we won’t be seeing any real ‘consequences’ from the seizure of a Russian tanker by Ukraine.

What’s on the Table in Upcoming Russia-Ukraine Negotiations?

Zelensky inauguration, cc Mykola Lazarenko / The Presidential Administration of Ukraine, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Volodymyr_Zelensky_2019_presidential_inauguration_23.jpg

The Donbass will certainly be up for discussion – but what about the elephant in the room?

Georgia Protests Put Russia Reset on Hold

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It appears as though the Georgian government has tumbled from the tightrope it has long been walking between Russia and the West.

Strategy through Partnership Is Key to NATO’s Future

cc Flickr, modified, U.S. Department of Defense Current Photos, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joshua Matrine, a crew chief with the 159th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, cleans the canopy on an F-15C Eagle aircraft assigned to the Louisiana Air National Guard at Leeuwarden Air Base, Netherlands, March 28, 2017. The 122nd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, comprised of Louisiana and Florida Air National Guard members, conducted training alongside NATO allies to strengthen interoperability and demonstrate U.S. commitment to the security and stability of Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

The best path forward for NATO may not lie in expansion, but rather forging new partnerships with other regional organizations.

Moldova: A Cornerstone of European Security

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Moldova could act as a bridge in the East-West conflict. Resolving the Transnistria conflict is a good place to start.

Ukraine Election Result

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Zac and Nick discuss the surprising yet not-so-surprising result of Ukraine's presidential elections, what it means for relations with Russia, and whether or not there's any life yet in the Minsk II peace process. Recorded on April 27, 2018.

The US Could Shoot Itself in the Foot with Russia Sanctions

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Washington should be careful that sanctions against Russian arms exports don’t impact trade relations with key allies like India.

Ukraine Civil War: RIP Minsk II?

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It’s getting harder to see how the Minsk II accords will ever be implemented. And that might suit the Ukrainian authorities just fine.

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