Jeb Bush Lays out Limited Foreign Policy Vision

February 20, 2015

On Wednesday, Jeb Bush laid out the foreign policy framework for his anticipated presidential campaign in a speech at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Bush’s remarks covered a broad range of subjects, and while he identified many of the pressing international challenges facing the United States, his remarks lacked clarity or solutions. As the […]

Lethal Aid for Ukraine: Assessing Costs and Benefits

February 6, 2015

As Russia’s support for separatist forces in Eastern Ukraine and direct involvement in the conflict there continues to escalate, French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are in Moscow in an effort to negotiate a ceasefire and diplomatic solution with their Russian counterparts. Meanwhile, with Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State […]

Top Five Foreign Policy Challenges for 2015

January 5, 2015

Responding to Russia’s Actions in Ukraine: The Role of NATO

September 3, 2014

Recent reports indicate that Russia has escalated its assistance to rebels in eastern Ukraine with a greater flow of armaments and the direct involvement of around 1,000 Russian troops. This morning, a day ahead of the NATO summit in the United Kingdom, Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to have endorsed a ceasefire plan in Ukraine […]

Increasing Pressure on Russia to Resolve the Ukraine Conflict

July 23, 2014

  Following the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) in eastern Ukraine, the West faces challenges in coordinating a significant increase in pressure on Russia to bring an end to the regional conflict.  Thus far, relatively modest sanctions by the United States and Europe have been effective in imposing costs on the Russian economy […]

A Bad Move: Further NATO Expansion | Bill French

May 2, 2014

By Bill French May 2, 2014 | The National Interest How to effectively respond to the crisis in Ukraine has elicited a fierce debate in Washington. Given the stakes, a carefully crafted, longer-term strategy is called for beyond near-term crisis management. But some of the proposals offered entail severe risks and self-defeating consequences. This is […]

Ukraine: Seeing Beyond the Current Crisis

April 25, 2014

The deteriorating situation in eastern Ukraine and the possibility of Russian escalation highlights the need for a longer-term strategy for dealing with Moscow and assisting Kiev. Media reports indicate this is already underway in Washington. In developing longer-term strategy, however, it will be vital to get a number of key issues right – especially as […]

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 […]

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