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    Russia Cracks Down on Media Freedom in Ukraine

    Ukrainians rallied in the streets of Kiev to topple their former leader. Now they are facing a new threat: Russian attacks on Ukrainian media outlets. A new video released by CCTV news shows a Bulgarian journalist and other reporters being held at gunpoint by a masked assailant. The video of … More

    Putin Challenges Obama's Long-Held Views on Missile Defense

    Several years before becoming president, Obama told a Chicago TV station, “I don’t agree with a missile defense system.” That’s nice. Unfortunately, rogue states such as North Korea and Iran have a different worldview. So does Vladimir Putin. The recent Ukraine crisis, and the question of the best United States … More

    America’s Dwindling Economic Freedom: The Root of American Retreat

    America’s economic freedom and its leadership in international security are undeniably aligned. In his recent Wall Street Journal column, William A. Galston of the Brookings Institution asserted that the nation’s continuing jobless recovery has disheartened Americans from supporting a robust U.S. foreign policy: [O]ur political leaders cannot sustain the country’s … More

    At Britain’s CPAC, Heritage Joins Conservative Allies

    The Heritage Foundation was proud to be the only American think tank invited to participate in the inaugural Freedom Festival, Britain’s equivalent of the Conservative Political Action Conference in the U.S. Organized by the leading center-right think tanks and activist organizations in Britain, including such stalwarts for freedom as the … More

    Libya: Stolen Oil Requires U.S. Military Intervention

    In the most recent episode of insecurity in Libya, a rebel militia hijacked a Libyan oil vessel and transferred it to an unauthorized oil tanker. The eastern Libyan rebel militia led by Ibrahim Jathran has successfully maintained control over some of Libya’s oil terminals since July 2013, but until last … More

    Ukraine in the Balance: Crimea’s Illegitimate Vote

    What does it feel like to have your country invaded and dismantled by a powerful neighbor? Neighboring states of Russia, like Georgia, unfortunately know only too well. Sunday’s referendum in Crimea was designed to seal Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, a part of Ukraine since 1954. Three young Ukrainians … More

    Exporting Natural Gas Is Part of the Solution

    One of The Heritage Foundation’s recommendations for how the United States should respond to Russian aggression against Ukraine is lifting restrictions on exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) to all the countries with whom the U.S. regularly trades. NATO partners in the Baltics would especially benefit. Currently, the Baltic nations import … More

    Putin Is Launching a New Version of the Evil Empire. What the U.S. Needs to Do Now.

    Today Russian president Vladimir Putin announced that he would make Crimea officially part of Russia. Crimea, which is currently part of Ukraine, had a forced referendum Saturday. “Vladimir Putin is launching a new version of the evil empire that Ronald Reagan resisted decades earlier,” observes Nile Gardiner, director of The … More

    Missionary in Ukraine: 'Full-Scale Invasion Looks Imminent'

    A Christian missionary from America who has lived in Ukraine for two decades says in an email to The Foundry that he is preparing to evacuate his family from the Kiev area because Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to order troops to invade deeper into the nation within days. … More

    Q&A: International Monetary Fund Reforms and U.S. Aid to Ukraine

    The Obama Administration and some members of the U.S. Senate have made aid to Ukraine contingent on the passage of an IMF reform package. A review of this reform package and its relation to the Ukraine (hint: zero) is critical. What Is the IMF? Established at the end of World … More