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Walker's World: Ukraine's grim vacuum


by Martin Walker, Washington (UPI)

Tens of thousands of protesters rallied in Ukraine on Sunday in a bid to wring new concessions from President Viktor Yanukovych, buoyed by pledges of support from Europe and the United States.

Afghanistan After America: Ripples in Russia and the Caucasus

 

Vahan Dilanyan, Armen Sahakyan, The National Interest

As the final pullout of US forces from Afghanistan approaches, uncertainties and security risks will shape the future of the country and its neighborhood. Leaving behind a small contingent of American and coalition troops for training and other non-combat missions, the Euro-Atlantic community challenges the stability of the country that will rest entirely on the Afghan National Security Forces’ shoulders.

Ukraine's Nightmare: Far from Over

 

Nikolas K. Gvosdev, The National Interest

No matter how events play out in Kyiv in the coming days, the crisis in Ukraine points to three fundamental issues that sloganeering about democracy, a "European choice" or torpedoing Putin's Eurasian dream does little to address.

US warns Moscow of concern over cruise missile test


by Staff Writers, Washington (AFP)

The United States has raised concerns with Moscow over a reported Russian test of a cruise missile and is evaluating whether it breaks a 1987 treaty, a US official said Thursday.

Perspectives on the Ukrainian Protests

Geopolitical Weekly

By George Friedman

A few months ago, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich was expected to sign some agreements that could eventually integrate Ukraine with the European Union economically. Ultimately, Yanukovich refused to sign the agreements, a decision thousands of his countrymen immediately protested.

Ukraine: Is Yanukovych Finished?

Rajan Menon, The National Interest

For a while it looked like Ukraine’s embattled president, Viktor Yanukovych, had survived the political tidal wave that followed his decision to mothball the Association Agreement he’d hammered out with the European Union and instead to accept alifeline from Russia (a $15 billion loan plus a one-third reduction in the price of natural gas)in order to manage Ukraine’s economic mess.

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