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    U.S. Should Not Give Russia More Insight into Its National Security Activities

    House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers (R–MI) sent a letter to President Obama urging him to reject a request by Russian President Vladimir Putin to upgrade Russia’s technical capability for observational flights of U.S. and NATO countries by airplane. Signed in 1992 by 34 counties, the Open Skies Treaty allows … More

    Five Ways Obama's Foreign Policies Have Failed

    On a Moscow train platform, two men smoke and swap rumors in the frozen evening air. “I hear they’ve raised the Russian flag in Donetsk?” one says. “I hear Crimea, too.” So reports freelance journalist Noah Sneider in Slate. As Russian troops hoisted their flag over Crimea, President Obama’s highly … 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

    5 Reasons Why We're Not in Danger of Another Cold War

    At a press conference in the Hague, President Obama dismissed the suggestion that Mitt Romney had been right in 2012 to peg Moscow as America’s top strategic challenge. “The truth of the matter is that America’s got a whole lot of challenges,” Mr. Obama said. “Russia is a regional power … More

    Anything But Reality TV: Obama CBS Interview on Ukraine

    President Obama ended a quick trip through Europe with a “CBS Evening News” interview in Rome, where he shared his latest thinking on the ongoing crisis in Crimea. It was one of the poorest performances by a world statesman since Neville Chamberlain’s press comments after returning from Munich in 1938. … More

    3 Things That Don't Make Sense in Putin's World

    Russia’s Vladimir Putin took part of a country. So what kind of world does that mean we’re living in? It’s a world where we can’t act like we did yesterday. Here are three things that simply don’t make sense for America to keep doing. 1. Leaving Europe high and dry … 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

    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

    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

    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