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diplomacyRussiaUkraineFriday, March 7, 2014

Ambassador Michael McFaul Cited From NSN Press Call on Crimea in McClatchy News

Putin doesn’t see America as weak, former U.S. ambassador to Moscow says By Hannah Allam  March 7, 2014 | McClatchy Washington Bureau Plotting a U.S. response to Vladimir Putin’s land grab in Ukraine requires an understanding that the Russian leader operates without a clear-cut foreign policy and out of “dual impulses” of asserting Moscow’s power while courting Western approval, according to an American diplomat who observed him up close for five years. Michael McFaul, who until last month was the U.S. ambassador to Moscow and before that oversaw Russia and Eurasian matters on the White House National Security Council, told journalists [in an NSN Press Call] in a wide-ranging briefing Friday that examining Putin’s motivations is crucial for crafting a realistic countermove to his internationally… Read More ›

diplomacyRussiaUkraineFriday, March 7, 2014

Ambassador McFaul Quoted in Slate from NSN Press Call

McFaul: “These Things Can Move Very Quickly in Unintended Ways” By Joshua Keating March 7, 2014 | Slate According to Michael McFaul, who departed his position as U.S. ambassador to Moscow after two tumultuous years, shortly before the current crisis in Ukraine broke out, the invasion of Crimea was likely “not some premeditated move by Putin to fulfill his grand strategy of dominating that part of the world.” Rather, he argues, “it’s important for people to remember that his most important foreign-policy objective is to create the Eurasian Economic Union as a counter to the European Union. Critical to the success of that object was to have Ukraine in the economic Union, not Crimea but all of Ukraine.” Perhaps in a bid to shore up… Read More ›

diplomacyRussiaUkraineFriday, March 7, 2014

5 Troubling Conservative Myths on the Crimea Crisis

Secretary Kerry speaks with UK Foreign Secretary Hague and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Deshchytsia after hosting the Budapest Memorandum Ministerial on the Ukraine crisis in Paris, France (U.S. Department of State, 3/5/14) As the crisis in the Crimea continues, so do the attempts of some conservatives to exploit the situation for political gains. Such attempts have included charging that the United States was somehow responsible for the Russian invasion, that using diplomacy in response is misguided and that we can already conclude – despite the evidence to the contrary– that the U.S. intelligence community failed in assessing the risk of Russian invasion. But prominent conservatives have pushed back. Former Secretary of Defense and longtime conservative Robert Gates said the charges amount to “egging him [President Obama]… Read More ›

diplomacyRussiaUkraineFriday, March 7, 2014

Press Call: Crimea in Crisis with Ambassador Michael McFaul

Crimea in Crisis with Ambassador Michael McFaul Friday, March 7, 2014 12:00 PM Eastern As the crisis in the Crimean Peninsula continues and America and Europe wrestle with the proper response to Russia’s invasion into Ukraine, the National Security Network is hosting a press call with former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul on Friday, March 7th at 12:00 PM. Please join us as we assess the situation in Ukraine and examine what the appropriate next steps are in diffusing the volatile situation. Speaker Ambassador Michael McFaul Ambassador McFaul was nominated by President Barack Obama on September 14, 2011, and confirmed by the Senate on December 17, 2011. He was sworn in as the United States Ambassador to the Russian Federation on January 10, 2012.… Read More ›

OCO BudgetFriday, March 7, 2014

Hill Briefing: Unpacking the FY 15 Defense Budget

The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Unpacking the FY15 Defense Budget National Security Network and the Pentagon Budget Campaign Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2212 Friday, March 14 3:00-4:00 PM This week the Pentagon released its FY 15 budget, totaling $495.6 billion, setting a $79.4 billion placeholder for the Overseas Contingency Operations fund, and providing a $26 billion wish list in an unfunded request. The essentials of the budget help to rebalance U.S. armed forces to meet future threats after a decade of costly stability operations and make progress towards finding efficiency savings. Yet, serious budget concerns remain, especially the use of war funding to skirt the caps imposed by the Budget Control Act (BCA) that have already been increased for this year by the… Read More ›

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