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    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

    Why the White House Must Never Accept Crimea Secession as Legitimate

    Today, Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized Crimea, which is part of Ukraine, as an independent nation. It’s expected that Putin will soon announce that Crimea, which had a forced referendum Saturday on whether to join Russia or not, will become part of Russia. “The most important message for the White … More

    Government of Japan Oversteps Its Bounds

    The Japanese state minister in charge of economic and fiscal policy told reporters last week that the government of Japan would “react” to those firms who don’t fall in line to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic policy, called “Abenomics.” The policy—a combination of loose monetary policy, increased government spending, and … More

    Treasury Is Misinforming the American Public about Ukraine and IMF Reforms

    A U.S. Treasury Department spokesperson blogged last week about “Why IMF Quota and Governance Reforms are Urgently Needed” and implied that opponents of President Obama’s campaign to demand that Congress link passage of International Monetary Fund (IMF) reforms to any U.S. help for Ukraine are guilty of spreading “myths.” In … More

    Russia's Illegal Crimea Referendum Must Be Rejected by the Free World

    Crimea has just announced the preliminary result of its forced referendum. Unsurprisingly, 95 percent of those taking part in the poll voted in favor of Crimea seceding from Ukraine and joining the Russian Federation. But the Crimea referendum was a farce, and the free world must unite in rejecting it … More