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    Russian Ship Carrying Helicopters Sails Again for Syria

    The MV Alaed has once again left its Russian port and is presumably heading back to Syria. The cargo ship was last in the news when it recently had its insurance revoked after U.K. intervention for carrying Russian helicopters to Syria despite the EU arms embargo on the country. So … More

    Obama Pursues "Reset" While Putin Pursues "Get Set"

    As reported by Bill Gertz, on the day Americans were celebrating our independence, Moscow dispatched bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons into the U.S. air defense zone on the Pacific Coast. This was not a fluke. It was the second incident in two weeks, and it has actually been going … More

    Duma to Crack Down Against Foreign-Funded NGOs

    Last Friday, Russia’s Kommersant, a leading newspaper, reported that United Russia, the ruling political party, is about to submit a bill in the Duma that would tighten the activity of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) financed by foreign funds. This step is likely to severely curb freedom of speech in Russia. Under … More

    Syria: Effective American Leadership Needed

    Syria’s long-suffering people need U.S. leadership, and they need it now. The situation is dire as activists say more than 14,000 people have been killed since the uprising began in March 2011. But effective action has been held up at the United Nations due to Russia’s diplomatic protection of the … More

    Magnitsky Act: Congress Should Uphold America’s Commitment to Human Rights

    On Tuesday, the Senate Foreign Relation Committee unanimously passed the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, which would ban Russian officials involved in Magnitsky’s death from entering the U.S. and using U.S. financial institutions. The bill was cleared earlier this month by a House committee. Russian deputy foreign minister … More

    Nuclear Proliferation Still Leads to Instability

    In his recent article in Foreign Affairs, “Why Iran Should Get the Bomb: Nuclear Balancing Would Mean Stability,” Kenneth N. Waltz is swimming upstream against the consensus position regarding the instability stemming from nuclear proliferation. In this case, the consensus position is right, and Waltz is wrong. The international nuclear … More

    Congressional Hearing Highlights the Need to Pass Magnitsky, PNTR to Russia

    Yesterday and today, the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee held hearings on Russia’s abysmal human rights record and its looming accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). The Obama Administration wants Congress to provide permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) to Russia and scrap the 1974 Cold … More

    British Intervention Denies Assad His Russian Helicopters - For Now

    It was announced yesterday in the House of Commons by British Foreign Secretary William Hague that the MV Alaed, the ship that is transporting Russian attack helicopters to Syria, has reportedly turned back to Russia. It was located about 50 miles off the north coast of Scotland when it changed … More

    Dialogue of the Deaf: Obama and Putin at the G-20 Meeting

    Today, President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin are meeting at the G-20 summit in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. This meeting is likely will be tense, as the two leaders have fundamentally different agendas regarding some of the most pressing international problems. While President Obama is worried about his … More

    Missile Defense Protection Against Iran Far Outweighs Objections from Russia or China

    As the Obama Administration continues to pursue what can at best be described as a tepid commitment to missile defense, it nonetheless continues to draw condemnation from Russian and Chinese officials who describe U.S. and NATO plans to enhance missile defense capabilities throughout Europe as “destabilizing.” All the while, Russia … More