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    Vlad's Excellent Autocratic Adventure

    A great deal of ink has been spilt over the evolving situation in Ukraine, and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s de facto annexation of Crimea. At present, Crimea’s parliament has called for a public referendum to consider formal secession from Ukraine—the vote will be held on March 16. The Ukrainian government … More

    Poll: Putin Stronger Than Obama

    Three out of four Americans say Russian President Vladimir Putin is a strong leader, but less than half regard President Obama as one,  according to an Economist/YouGov poll. Worse for Obama, a majority of Americans (55 percent) think he is a weak leader, as Paul Bedard of The Washington Examiner gleaned … More

    Why China Is Watching the U.S. Response to the Ukraine-Russia Conflict

    As tensions in the Crimean Peninsula continue intensifying, it’s important to note who is watching. It’s not just the international press and the diplomatic corps, but also America’s biggest adversaries. Take China, for example, which made headlines over the weekend by wading into the conflict by declining to criticize Russia’s … More

    Update from Missionary in Ukraine: Crisis Looks 'Explosive,' 'Surreal'

    The Rev. Gerard D.  ”George” de Vuyst, wife Sarah and  their children. /  Family Photo  Russia’s military incursion into Crimea remains “explosive,” but the immediate threat to his fellow residents of Kiev appears to have lessened, an American missionary — who has lived in Ukraine for two decades — says … More

    Expelling Russia from the G8: Weak Symbolism and Absurdist Theater

    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has joined U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in calling for consideration of expelling Russia from the G8, the group of the eight most powerful industrialized democracies. Russia was a late comer to the group, joining only in 1997, in a move that was supposed … More

    American Pastor, Family 'Watch with Disbelief' in Ukraine Crisis

    An e-mail late yesterday from a pastor doing mission work near Kiev provides a window into the fear and hope among those watching Russian troops advance as the crisis in Ukraine unfolds. “The situation is tense. We, as well as the nation of Ukraine, covet your prayers,” the Rev. Gerard … More

    DeMint: Obama Must Show 'Global Leadership' in Ukraine Crisis

    Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint today called on President Obama to provide “global leadership” rather than “weak statements” in responding to Russia’s invasion of the Crimea region of Ukraine, saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin and “the thugs in the Kremlin” need to fear U.S. intentions. “Weak statements, history has … More

    Ukraine and Russia: Here's the Real Story

    When Moscow tells us that their massive military maneuvers in Western Russia have nothing to do with what’s happening in Kiev it’s like the old Marx Brothers’ routine: Who are you going to believe, me (Moscow) or your own eyes? Puh-leez. In fact, while not a major military incursion by … More

    Putin Has Set His Sights on Ukraine

    Last week, I visited Kiev’s Maidan — “Independence” square. It had something of a street festival feel, but there was also the sense that violence would soon strike. Barricades of old tires and garbage bags filled with snow protected the ramshackle booths and tent cities erected by pro-democracy groups from … More

    Putin Displeased with Ukraine Distracting from Olympics

    Job No. 1? Ukraine. You can only imagine Russian President Vladimir Putin is none too pleased about the civil unrest there — and the less than flattering spotlight it’s shining on Russia — not to mention distracting attention from his signature sports event in Sochi. But oozing confidence as the … More