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Analysis and Commentary

Crimea and Punishment

by Tod Lindbergvia Weekly Standard
Friday, March 21, 2014

It's time for a reset for U.S. policy toward Russia. The original Obama reset has now run its course, and President Vladimir Putin has thoroughly dashed all hope of Russia emerging as a partner of the United States and a constructive contributor to a liberal international order. The armed takeover and annexation of Crimea and the threat of further military incursion into eastern Ukraine have established beyond doubt that the United States needs to approach Russia first and foremost as a security challenge.

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Analysis and Commentary

The Focus is on Crimea, But Next is the Fight for Ukraine

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Timothy Garton Ash: Despite today's shooting, the west must not forget that the pivotal struggle is over control of the eastern heartlands

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Analysis and Commentary

Ukraine Crisis Has Pushed Germany to Center Stage

by Josef Joffevia Huffington Post
Friday, March 14, 2014

Berlin could have blocked even such modest retaliation. But it did not. This new tack reflects - what? For one, Germany is no longer threatened by Soviet shock armies ensconced at the gates of Hamburg. Second, the Kremlin's gas weapon - Germany gets ...

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Analysis and Commentary

Will America Heed the Wake-Up Call of Ukraine?

by Condoleezza Ricevia Washington Post
Friday, March 7, 2014

Ukraine is a wake-up call: For peace and security, the U.S. must step forward.

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Analysis and Commentary

How the Ukraine Crisis Ends

by Henry A. Kissingervia Washington Post
Thursday, March 6, 2014

There are four steps the U.S. should keep in mind, the former secretary of state writes.

Analysis and Commentary

The Flat Tax at Work in Russia: Year Five, 2005

by Alvin Rabushkavia
Thursday, May 11, 2006

The 13% flat tax has become a stable feature of Russia’s tax system. With the rise in real incomes percolating through the economy, receipts continue to grow at a healthy clip.

Analysis and Commentary

China vs. Russia: International Bankers Run a Natural Experiment

by Alvin Rabushka, Michael S. Bernstamvia
Thursday, April 13, 2006

Who would imagine international bankers running a natural experiment for us, free of charge? And yet, they did, in the mid-2000s in China and Russia.

Analysis and Commentary

The Other Way to Win Iraq

by Michael S. Bernstamvia
Thursday, December 15, 2005

It's economic policy. The new Iraqi government will be well positioned to implement it. Replace food rations with prepaid debit cards.