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A Global Popularity Contest
By Ilan Berman, The National Interest, February 25, 2015

Is Russia making a global comeback in spite of Western sanctions and political pressure from the United States and Europe? On the surface, it certainly seems like it.

Ukraine: The West Has Promises To Keep
By Ilan Berman, National Review Online, February 24, 2015

At a summit meeting in Minsk, Belarus, on February 12, Russia and Ukraine agreed anew to a cessation of hostilities in the year-old conflict between them. On hearing the news, Washington and other Western capitals let out a collective sigh of relief. But there was good reason from the start to be skeptical that the ceasefire would hold. 

Obama's religious blindness aids Islamic State
By James S. Robbins, USA Today, February 19, 2015

Attempts to avoid touching on religious dimension of the struggle has led to several recent high-profile administration gaffes. President Obama strangely tried to deflect the issue at the National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 5 by mentioning the Crusades as an example of Christian excess. Unfortunately, that example is also a key jihadist talking point.

Iran's Nuclear Weapons Fatwa Is a Myth
By James S. Robbins, U.S. News & World Report, February 18, 2015

President Barack Obama said a nuclear deal with Iran is possible if Tehran truly considers nuclear weapons un-Islamic. But is this true? And does it matter?

Adrenaline Shot: Modi Rejuvenates U.S.-Indian Relations
By Jeff M. Smith, The National Interest, February 16, 2015

During his January trip to India, President Obama scored a small win for his legacy and a big win for the Indo-U.S. relationship. While the U.S. president performed admirably in front of the cameras, the most productive Indo-U.S. summit in a decade owes its success to someone else—India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Only Thing Scarier Than Iran's Nukes
By James S. Robbbins, The National Interest, February 12, 2015

Denying Iran nuclear-weapons capability is not only a means of limiting the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. It is also part of a broader ideological struggle that Tehran is taking much more seriously than is the United States.

America’s Dalai Lama Dilemma
By Jeff M. Smith, Wall Street Journal, February 12, 2015

President Barack Obama ’s first public appearance with the Dalai Lama , the spiritual leader of Buddhists around the world, made headlines on Feb. 5. While the setting was an ostensibly religious occasion, the National Prayer Breakfast, China was quick to take offense. “This action by the U.S. to ‘drive a nail’ into the hearts of the Chinese people is harmful to the political trust between the two countries,” opined the state-run Xinhua news agency.

Don't Expect a 'Grexit': Greece Can't Escape Europe
By E. Wayne Merry, In the National Interest, February 11, 2015

Global financial markets currently obsess about the fate of a small Balkan country’s sovereign debt and its impact on the Eurozone. However, if the burden of Greek debt were to disappear overnight, the miracle would just reveal the underlying weakness of the Greek economy and its dependency on Europe for the foreseeable future.

Drift And Delusion At 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
By Stephen Blank, American Spectator, January 30, 2015

Listening to the President's State of the Union address last week, you might have come away convinced that, at least in the field of foreign policy, everything is coming up roses. Yet a look at the real world provides a jarring contrast to the complacency and unrealism of that speech - and of the Obama administration's policies writ large. 

Rhetoric Versus Reality On Ukraine
By Ilan Berman,, January 26, 2015

To hear President Obama tell it, the West is winning in Ukraine. In his State of the Union Address last week, the President sounded downright triumphant in his description of the current situation in Eastern Europe. "We're upholding the principle that bigger nations can't bully the small - by opposing Russian aggression, supporting Ukraine's democracy, and reassuring our NATO allies," he insisted publicly.