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    Congress Could Take This One Step and Weaken Putin Significantly. So Why Won’t They?

    Now that Congress has wisely chosen not to include unrelated Internal Monetary Fund reform in the Ukrainian aid package, policymakers should focus on practical solutions that are a bit more relevant. How about lifting restrictions on American natural gas exports? An antiquated and unnecessary law stipulates that if a company … More

    Western Leaders Suspend Russia from G8; Now They Should Downgrade the G20

    The leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States (the G7), plus the president of the European Council and the president of the European Commission, met yesterday in The Hague to reaffirm their support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and independence. They also made … More

    Defense Department Suspends Missile Defense Cooperation with Russia

    Following Russia’s aggressive actions in Crimea, the Department of Defense suspended ballistic missile defense cooperation with Russia. This suspension includes civilian-to-civilian cooperation. This is a step in the right direction. Russia has been trying to use ballistic missile defense cooperation with the U.S. to limit U.S. missile defense capabilities. Moscow … More

    Harry Reid Tried to Push Conservatives Into Accepting This Policy. Why He Didn't Succeed.

    After a two-week standoff with Republicans, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has decided to drop controversial provisions in the aid package for Ukraine. The Senate was locked in a stalemate over the Obama administration’s proposed changes to the International Monetary Fund. The provisions had the support of Reid (D-Nev.) and … More

    Crimea Is a Dangerous Place to Stay If You Support Ukraine

    When hearing current news from Crimea I get a feeling of déjà vu. Activists being abducted and killed; people being afraid to go out on the streets—these scenes remind me of the violence in Kiev just a month ago. During the last days of the former president Yanukovych’s rule, the … More

    The Chorus for LNG Exports Gets Bigger and Louder

    As Congress returns to work and focuses on a Ukraine aid package, exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) is getting all sorts of attention these days, and deservedly so. Liberalizing America’s energy markets by lifting restrictions on export capabilities should be a key component of Congress’s response. Over the weekend, The … 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

    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

    Ted Cruz Leads GOP's Fight Against IMF Expansion in Ukraine Aid Package

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–Nev.) is facing a revolt among Republicans for adding controversial language to an aid package for Ukraine. The Senate is expected to vote on the Ukraine measure next week. The controversial provisions, which have support of the Obama administration and liberals from both parties, would … More

    The Dirty Tricks Putin Is Now Using

    Who killed Kennedy? The CIA. Who introduced AIDS to Africa? The CIA. Sure, it’s crazy talk. But those stories were two of Moscow’s most successful disinformation campaigns during the Cold War. And now Vladimir Putin is reviving these dirty tricks. That’s the argument made in Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals … More