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Snapshot,
Peter D. Feaver and Eric Lorber

The same attributes that make sanctions effective can also make them difficult to unwind. That poses a big problem: If Washington can't ease the pressure when states comply with its demands, it can't expect to achieve its most important goals.

Essay, 2014
Barry Blechman and Russell Rumbaugh

U.S. tactical nuclear weapons in Europe had little military value during the Cold War and they have even less today. Instead of giving these aging weapons a costly upgrade, Washington should begin phasing them out.

Snapshot,
Mitchell A. Orenstein and Péter Krekó

Earlier this week, as Europe was preparing for continent-wide parliamentary elections, Hungary was busy asking the EU Parliament to revoke diplomatic immunity for Béla Kovács, a prominent representative of Hungary’s far-right Jobbik party, in order to charge him with spying on the EU for Russia.

Snapshot,
Michael Moran

France plans to sell Russia two helicopter carriers this year, giving the Russian navy something it currently lacks: the ability to carry out swift seaborne invasions on its neighbors. If Washington wants to sink the sale, it should should buy the ships itself.

Snapshot,
Alexei Arbatov and Vladimir Dvorkin

The upheaval in eastern and southern Ukraine comes with a hidden cost for one of the region’s little-known success stories: the close ties between the Russian and Ukrainian defense industrial bases. It is hard to overstate how damaging it could be to both countries if their military industries part ways.

Snapshot,
David Gordon and Jordan Schneider

If animosity between China and the Soviet Union defined U.S.-Russian-Chinese trilateral relations during the Cold War, today it is U.S.-Russian tensions that drive the triad’s dynamics. And that will put China in the driver's seat.

Snapshot,
Nate Schenkkan

Sanctions might not stop Russia's destabilization of Ukraine, but Western policymakers should embrace them for another reason: because they can put a nail in the coffin of the project that started the Ukraine crisis to begin with -- Eurasian integration.

Snapshot,
Akin Unver

From the Turkish perspective, Russia’s invasion of Crimea fits a 340-year pattern, in which Russian domination of the Black Sea is a precursor to aggression in the eastern Mediterranean. No wonder, then, that Turkey is suddenly feeling rather vulnerable.

Snapshot,
Alina Polyakova

Eastern Ukrainian separatists regularly cited the specter of rabid Ukrainian nationalists in organizing yesterday's independence referendums. But the referendums will likely prove to be a self-fulfilling prophecy. Rather than diminish the influence of Ukrainian nationalists, they will increase the latter's influence throughout Ukraine.

Snapshot,
Michael E. Brown

For 20 years, NATO security policy has been guided by flawed assumptions about Russia and the future of the West. Its leaders are now learning about those errors the hard way. As they scramble to respond to Russian aggression in Ukraine, they need to get back to NATO's core mission.

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