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Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1888
Bulletins - April 18, 2014
 

The Real Costs of Crimea;
Rasmussen: Russian imperialism a threat to Europe

 
Russia's Lurch Toward Fascism
Articles - April 18, 2014
 

We run the risk of missing critical aspects of Russian policy if we assume that Moscow's continuing invasions of Ukraine are exclusively about Russo-Ukrainian issues. One of the founding fathers of Soviet studies, Adam Ulam, observed back in 1965 that empire was the biggest obstacle to reform in Russian history.

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1887
Bulletins - April 16, 2014
 

Ukraine notwithstanding, New START trudges on;
Kyiv blasts Gazprom, lobbies NATO

 
Negotiating The Future Of Ukraine
Articles - April 16, 2014
 

Albert Einstein is said to have defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Today, U.S. policy toward Ukraine has become the embodiment of Einstein's admonition.

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1886
Bulletins - April 14, 2014
 

Russia: the unhappiest place on earth;
Gazprom’s risky game

 
Western Policy, Post-Crimea
Articles - April 7, 2014
 

By all accounts, Vladimir Putin appears to be winning. Over the past month, Russia’s wily president has managed to orchestrate the asymmetric invasion of a neighboring state (Ukraine) and annex a new territory into the Russian Federation (Crimea).

 
How Not To Negotiate With Vladimir Putin About Ukraine
Articles - April 2, 2014
 

 Usually states resolve international crises by negotiations. In that context we must remember that by any standard Russia's invasion, occupation, and annexation of Crimea are premeditated acts of war and aggression. On March 30 Secretary of State Kerry met with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov to discuss Ukraine's future. Unfortunately, these talks cannot represent a basis for resolving the crisis. We should remember that Secretary Kerry repeatedly warned Moscow that annexation of Crimea would close the door to negotiations. So we may ask what there is to talk about unless the invasion, occupation and annexation of Crimea are revoked and Ukraine fully participates in any negotiation.

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1881
Bulletins - March 25, 2014
 

Thinking beyond Putin;
Crimea votes

 
Some Silver Lining In The Ukraine Crisis
Articles - March 25, 2014
 

Are we on the cusp of a new Cold War? The events of the past month have put the final nail in the coffin of the ill-fated "reset" with Russia that preoccupied much of the Obama administration's foreign policy agenda during its first years in office. Relations between Moscow and Washington are now at their lowest ebb in more than two decades thanks to Russian President Vladimir Putin's neo-imperial efforts to subvert neighboring Ukraine. Washington and European capitals are still struggling to formulate a coherent response to the Kremlin's aggression, but it's already clear that the U.S. and Russia are drifting back into the old adversarial roles that defined the international system for much of the past century.

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1879
Bulletins - March 18, 2014
 

Flashpoint: Crimea;
Fear and loathing in the FSU