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    Ukraine Takes Action to Quell Russian-Provoked Unrest

    Today, the Ukrainian military began “anti-terror” operations to wrest control of some eastern police stations and government buildings from pro-Russian militants who had seized these installations during the previous week. These militants, along with suspected Russian Special Forces, have stirred up unrest in cities in eastern Ukraine, capturing government buildings … More

    Author of Russian Reset Admits Policy Is Dead

    President Obama’s former Ambassador to Russia and self-described author of the Russian reset policy Michael McFaul today admitted the obvious: the reset is dead. In a radio interview with the Flint Report in Montana, McFaul stated, “The reset ended, the reset ended a long time ago.” McFaul is correct that … More

    Crisis in Ukraine Shows the Importance of U.S.-Poland Alliance

    In the past 20 years, Poland has gone from a Soviet satellite state to a free and democratic republic with a NATO membership. Following Russia’s illegal invasion and annexation of Crimea, the U.S. should do more to support its Polish allies. When it comes to serving alongside U.S. troops, Poland … More

    Boehner Warned the Reset with Russia Would Fail

    During a speech at The Heritage Foundation in October 2011, House Speaker John Boehner (R–OH) warned that the Obama Administration’s much trumpeted “reset” policy with Russia was likely to fail. Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea vindicates the Speaker’s skepticism. Boehner explained how an utter lack of … More

    Lack of American Leadership Leaves Ukraine out in the Cold

    Protests and unrest continue to grip Ukraine as citizens voice their strong opposition to policies pursued by President Viktor Yanukovych. These policies have drawn the nation of 45 million closer with the Russian Federation while simultaneously stifling democracy and economic freedom within the country. As Americans read and watch scenes … More

    U.S. Military Faces Huge Cuts in Europe

    General Philip Breedlove, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe and head of U.S. European Command (EUCOM), has acknowledged that his funding will shrink by 20 percent due to cuts to the Department of Defense (DOD). This comes on the heels of the Obama Administration removing two Army Brigade Combat Teams from … More

    Maintaining Strong Ties with the Baltic States Benefits the U.S.

    Some of the United States’ most eager and engaged international partners are in Eastern Europe. A new report by The Heritage Foundation highlights the contributions of America’s Eastern European allies and underscores the importance of security cooperation between the U.S. and the Baltic states—Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. As noted by … More

    Eastern Europe Continues to Be an Afterthought for the U.S.

    Secretary of State John Kerry’s trip to Poland is a step in the right direction, but the timing and manner of Kerry’s visit leave much to be desired, especially when viewed in the larger context of the Obama Administration’s antipathy toward Eastern Europe. Kerry is in Poland for talks with … More

    Principled Stand of the U.S. with the Baltics Still Resonates Today

    Tomorrow, the leaders of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania will meet at the White House with President Barack Obama. The joint meeting provides an opportunity for the United States to reaffirm its commitment to its allies in Eastern Europe, specifically the Baltic States, which have continued to make significant strides towards … More

    Remembering the Victims of Communism and Nazism in Eastern Europe

    Today, August 23, is remembered across much of the world as Black Ribbon Day in remembrance of the millions of victims of Nazi and Communist totalitarianism in Europe. Seventy-four years ago, on August 23, 1939, the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany signed the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact. The pact was a treaty … More