Tag Archives: Russia

Are the Baltics the Next Crimea?

Are the Baltics the Next Crimea?

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In Tartu Estonia, there is a building on the main square, constructed on an uncertain foundation that leans precipitously. The locals call it the “Leaning House” or the “Pisa Building.” Ironically, it leans to the west, appearing something like a hunting hound straining at the leash to be loosed to run after its quarry. In this case, though, complex histories, and Russia, are the leash.

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Policy Options for Ukraine Standoff

Policy Options for Ukraine Standoff

An anti-Putin protester. Reuters Photo

An anti-Putin protester. Reuters Photo

This is the second of two articles on the current crisis in Ukraine and on possible policy options for the international community. The first was on history of conflict in the region

The Ukraine’s current turmoil and the standoff in the Crimea make for a complex strategic issue in Russia’s near-abroad, where Russia holds many of the cards to advantage.

But the leaders of Western Europe, Ukraine, and the United States are not bereft of policy options either. Read More

A Brief History of Conflict in Ukraine

A Brief History of Conflict in Ukraine

Russian troops in the Crimea region of Ukraine. Reuters Photo

Russian troops in the Crimea region of Ukraine. Reuters Photo

This is the first of two articles on the current crisis in Ukraine and on the history of conflict in the region. The second will outline possible policy options for the international community.

The events of the last three weeks have catapulted Ukraine to the forefront of the U.S. policy agenda, sparking an intense crisis of confidence between the United States and Russia—the worst since 1979. Read More

Planning for Joint U.S. and Russia Naval Exercise On Hold Pending Outcome in Crimea

Planning for Joint U.S. and Russia Naval Exercise On Hold Pending Outcome in Crimea

USS Farragut (DDG-99) arrives in Severomorsk, Russia for a two-day visit after completing exercise Northern Eagle 2012. Russian Navy Photo

USS Farragut (DDG-99) arrives in Severomorsk, Russia for a two-day visit after completing exercise Northern Eagle 2012. Russian Navy Photo

Planning for the biennial Northern Eagle exercise between Russia, the U.S. and Norway has been “put on hold,” while the U.S. says troops have massed on the ground in the Crimea region of Ukraine, a military official told USNI News on Tuesday. Read More

Russia to Standup New Arctic Command

Russia to Standup New Arctic Command

Elements of Russia's North Fleet. RIA Novosti Photo

Elements of Russia’s Northern Fleet. RIA Novosti Photo

Russia is forming a new Northern Fleet-Unified Strategic Command dedicated to protecting its interests in the Arctic Circle before the end of 2014, RIA Novosti reported on Monday. Read More

Document: Nonstrategic Nuclear Weapons

Document: Nonstrategic Nuclear Weapons

US-Russia-Flags-570x329The following is from the Jan. 3, 2014 Congressional Research Service report: Nonstrategic Nuclear Weapons.

The FY2013 Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 4310, Section 1037) indicates that it is the sense of Congress that “the United States should pursue negotiations with the Russian Federation aimed at the reduction of Russian deployed and nondeployed nonstrategic nuclear forces.” The United States and Russia have not included limits on these weapons in past arms control agreements. Nevertheless, some analysts and Members of Congress have argued that disparities in the numbers of nonstrategic nuclear weapons may become more important as the United States and Russia reduce their numbers of deployed long-range, strategic nuclear weapons. Read More