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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

    Q&A on Ukraine: After Losing Crimea to Russia, What Next?

    Russia essentially took over part of Ukraine and still reportedly has troops along the country’s border. We asked Heritage’s Margaret Thatcher Fellow, Luke Coffey, what the situation is like and what the U.S. should be doing. The Foundry: So Crimea voted to leave Ukraine and become part of Russia again. … More

    Post-Cold War Peace Is Over: Why Russia’s Ukraine Aggression Is Just the Beginning

    The end of a post-Cold War peace and the biggest event since the fall of the Berlin Wall—that’s how panelists at The Heritage Foundation described the ongoing situation in the Crimean peninsula, which is slated to hold a referendum this Sunday to decide if it wants to be a part … More

    NATO: Is America AWOL?

    NATO will conduct one of its largest military exercises since the end of the Cold War, but the U.S. is planning to send only a token contribution. This poor commitment will not go unnoticed by American allies in Eastern Europe. Exercise Steadfast Jazz will take place in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, … 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

    Zero Troops in Afghanistan: The Taliban Dream Option

    “The zero option is the Taliban dream option. An abrupt drawdown would pave the way for the Taliban to regain influence and cripple the U.S. ability to conduct counter-terrorism missions in the region,” Lisa Curtis of The Heritage Foundation stated in recent remarks at a conference on Afghanistan on Capitol … More

    Our Thoughts and Prayers Are with the People of Central Europe

    As central Europe continues to cope with record flooding, our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families, and those who continue to struggle with the impact of this natural disaster. Record rainfall during the past week has led to flooding and landslides across large swaths of the … More

    The U.S. Faces Dangers from Around the World

    James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, recently told the Senate Armed Services Committee, “In my almost fifty years in intelligence, I do not recall a period in which we confronted a more diverse array of threats, crises, and challenges around the world.” Clapper and Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, Director of … More

    U.S. Missile Defense: A Force for Protection, Not Aggression

    In a speech delivered Tuesday at the Russian embassy in London, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin claimed that the American missile defense shield no longer poses a threat to Russia. This statement contradicts years of Russian officials’ objections to the presence of U.S. missiles near the Russian border, claiming … More

    EU Begins Woefully Inadequate Training Mission in Mali

    European troops have begun training Malian forces to help ensure security and stability following a planned French withdrawal in July. From the start, the mission is unlikely to succeed. The program has too few European trainers and will train a paltry four Malian battalions—roughly 2,600 soldiers—to secure a country twice … More