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July/August 2014

In this issue, we feature several takes on the new international (dis)order being manufactured by Vladimir Putin’s increasingly authoritarian, belligerent, militaristic, and expansive regime, which has so far had its way in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine, while a divided and impotent Europe and America scold him weakly from afar. ... Read More

Putin’s Delusional Quest for Empire

In light of Moscow’s aggression in Ukraine and contempt for the international community, it’s time for Washington to lead an effort to impose sanctions that will actually punish Putin’s regime.

An Arab Spring Report Card

Tunisia surprised the pessimists, just as Egypt devastated the optimists. Syria is on its way to becoming another Afghanistan, while Morocco holds some hope for slow reform.

Women’s Rights in Colombia

A recent spate of acid attacks has drawn attention to the plight of women in Colombia, where the law has yet to catch up with the violence of the country’s heavily patriarchal social system.

The Russia-Ukraine Standoff

Vladimir Putin has gotten himself into such a tight spot in Ukraine that the West and its allies must prepare for any possible outcome. If there’s a silver lining, it’s that Kyiv will be emboldened as well.

The Russians of Estonia

The Kremlin has vowed to defend Russians abroad, but that’s an unwelcome promise to many of the ethnic Russian living outside the country, including in neighboring Estonia.

Why ‘Reset’ Failed

The example of US-Russian relations today is a reminder that the history of diplomacy is littered with cases of the wishful and gullible being outwitted by the cunning and dishonest.

A Sanctions Primer

Despite Vladimir Putin’s cavalier dismissal of sanctions, the measures could well undermine his rule if ordinary citizens are burdened by efforts to target Putin’s crony and criminal gang.

The Criminal Gangs of Venezuela

Compelling evidence makes it clear that Cuba is training Venezuelan gangs who intimidate and beat citizens to ensure that Venezuelan society remains “equal.”

Beyond Crimea

As Vladimir Putin looks to gain further control of his neighbors, the West must revitalize its commitment to democracy via economic, moral, and security assistance.