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    Missile Defense as a Response to Russia

    Daniel Gouré’s recent op-ed for the Lexington Institute offers a compelling alternative to the Obama Administration’s weak-kneed response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. Gouré advocates for the renewal of the Administration’s Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System in Romania, which Obama halted in the wake of Russia’s strong disapproval. This suspension … More

    Nuclear Threats and Russian Trash Talk

    Russian chest thumping has reached a new high (or low, if you prefer) in the wake of Russia’s forcible annexation of the Ukrainian province of Crimea. “Russia is the only country in the world that is realistically capable of turning the United States into radioactive ash,” television news anchor and … More

    Biden Said All the Right Things on Transatlantic Security. Too Bad the Administration's Reality Doesn't Match.

    In light of Russia’s recent invasion and annexation of Crimea, many of America’s allies in Central and Eastern Europe with large ethnic Russian populations are nervous. And understandably so—many are wondering if they are next on Putin’s list. In order to allay concerns, and to demonstrate U.S. commitment to transatlantic … 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

    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

    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

    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

    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