Economic Statecraft and Near-Term Options to Impose Costs on Russia

April 16, 2014

Signature of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement [European Council, 3/21/2014,]   The United States and Europe are likely to wait until after their talks in Geneva tomorrow with Russia and Ukraine before imposing additional sanctions on Moscow for its apparent covert involvement in the pro-Russian uprisings in eastern Ukraine. Nonetheless, a strong set of economic […]

U.S. Leading Ukraine Response as Russia Escalates

April 14, 2014

Over the weekend, pro-Russian militants took control of some key infrastructure in six cities in eastern Ukraine during a coordinated operation.  American officials have concluded that the operation was facilitated by Russia and the government in Kiev has alleged that Russian intelligence forces are in eastern Ukraine overseeing operations. These moves come as Russia has […]

Separating Myths from Facts on Russia and Ukraine

April 11, 2014

As the crisis in Ukraine continues and the West begins to formulate a longer-term response, policymakers in Washington can ill afford anything less than a clear-eyed assessment. It is therefore troubling that politically motivated narratives continue to persist about the crisis in the Ukraine and broader issues surrounding American policy. Particularly troubling are the dangerously […]

NSN Board Member Julianne Smith To Testify Before Senate Foreign Relations Committee

April 7, 2014

Transatlantic Security Challenges: Central and Eastern Europe U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Subcommittee on European Affairs   HEARING TIME AND LOCATION  Thursday, April 10, 2014 3:00 PM Eastern Senate Dirksen 419   ABOUT THE HEARING  Presiding: Senator Murphy Witnesses: Julianne Smith, Senior Fellow at the Center For A New American Security, and National Security […]

[UPDATED] NSN Press Call: Relations with Russia

April 2, 2014

Relations with Russia What Next? CALL TIME Wednesday, April 2, 2014 3:00 PM Eastern ABOUT THE CALL Relations with Russia remain tense after Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergay Lavrov met on Sunday in an attempt to make diplomatic progress on the situation in Ukraine. Russian troops have amassed along Ukraine’s […]

U.S. and Europe Working Closely on Ukraine Response; Congress Needs to Step Up with Aid Package

March 24, 2014

President Obama will spend this week in Europe attending the Nuclear Security Summit and meeting with NATO leadership in Brussels. Much of the trip is expected to deal with the ongoing crisis in Crimea. As Russia positions an estimated 20,000 troops on the Ukrainian border, U.S. intelligence and senior military commanders have warned of potential […]

Iran Talks on Track Despite Russian Threats to Undermine Progress

March 21, 2014

The latest round of talks with the P5+1 powers over Iran’s nuclear program were held this week. This was the second round of negotiations since the implementation of the Joint Plan of Action, which temporarily rolled back aspects of Iran’s nuclear program. The negotiations were widely received as making incremental progress as delegates focused on […]

Options after Crimea’s Referendum

March 17, 2014

Yesterday, while under continued Russian military occupation, Crimea voted overwhelmingly to join the Russian Federation in a referendum in which the status quo was not a choice. The United States, the European powers, Kiev and other members of the international community have declared the referendum illegitimate and in violation of Ukrainian and international law.  In […]

Ambassador McFaul Quoted in AFP After NSN Press Call on Crimea

March 8, 2014

It’s Obama v Putin on Crimea By Stephen Collinson  March 8, 2014 | AFP But by keeping diplomatic options open through Kerry and by coaxing Putin, Obama hopes to forestall a prolonged confrontation. Michael McFaul, Obama’s just departed ambassador to Moscow, believes Russia’s cooperation on Iran nuclear talks, for example, can endure “not because Putin […]

Ambassador McFaul Quoted From NSN Press Call in LA Times

Ex-U.S. ambassador: Diplomatic pressure unlikely to sway Russia By Paul Richter March 7, 2014 | LA Times Former Ambassador Michael McFaul, who had a major role in shaping U.S. policy until his retirement last month, told a group of journalists [on an NSN Press Call] that while U.S. sanctions could hurt Russian businesses — especially […]

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