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Poland the Future Front for the West?

Today, Ukraine stands as the border between Russia’s expansionist drive and the West. Where does Poland fit in?

Europe Misses Russia’s New Empire Amidst Sanction Self-Congratulations

Putin only cares about controlling vassal states from a large enough territory and population to maintain that control, as every Russian Empire has ever done.

Azerbaijan and Other Gazprom Alternatives Must Come Online

Gazprom fuels Russian military and political power; broken of that, Russia will be merely Venezuela with less political stability.

How Many Divisions Has The West?

It is now reasonably safe to say that Vladimir Putin believes he is the Emperor of Eastern Europe. It is also safe to say he’s right.

Uzbekistan Proudly Stands for the Principle That Its Corrupt Despot Should Remain Its Despot

Russia’s actions of the last week have reminded the region once again that although the giant slumbers often, when it wakes, bad things happen to the good and the bad alike.

A New Beginning

While all eyes are on Ukraine as we write this, there are other glimmers of hope in the former Soviet Union: Azerbaijan, Moldova, even Georgia, all have a chance to break loose to the West. (Ukraine’s fate is uncertain for now.)

On Ukraine.

Ukraine today is in chaos because the West is clumsily trying out inept Realpolitik against Russia.

A World of Whitewash Over a Legacy of Terror

There is a disturbing tendency to treat the legacy of the Soviet Union as the sort of unfortunate thing that happens in “one of modern history’s pivotal experiments.” It is not. It is a legacy that endures to this day.

And Then There Was Georgia

The combination of growing Georgian cynicism, Russian and Russian-derived money, growing Russian assertiveness, and European incompetence is undoing the nascent Eastern Partnership faster than European leaders realize.

Poland Steps into the Gap of Western Absence

In fairness, nothing the West has done since the Bush Administration will have given Warsaw much confidence.