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Reflections on Lost Chances: Ukraine and the CIS

Ukraine could have been a symbol of the West’s determination and ability to make its vision of the world a reality. Ukraine today is a symbol of Western impotence and indifference. And the former Soviet Union is watching.

European Games Show Baku’s Progress; Will the West Recognize It?

No state is perfect; a reform movement suggests not just a need for change, but a desire for it. We should applaud and encourage those nations that actually try, rather than focusing on their failings and ignoring their successes.

Whither the West: Is Russia the Force That Broke the West?

We asked our scholars to weigh in on the changed situation in Ukraine, and the more geographically Western former Soviet Republics, over the last year and more.

Obama Administration Stonewalls in Face of Evidence of Covert Action Against Azerbaijan

Two years ago, it would have seemed that Baku was a favored ally; today, with Washington’s lurching friend-is-foe approach to policy, the ground appears less certain.

Whither the West: A New Beginning

As we prepare for a re-launch, we will be hosting symposia on several questions, with our scholars — past and present — and some notable personalities weighing in.

And Then They Marched Off to War: Azerbaijan and Armenia on the Precipice

Young men are dying, and very soon, many more of them may be. The West must now pressure Armenia to come back to the table and accept the inevitable.

Azerbaijan, the Council of Europe, and Nagorno-Karabakh: A Reckoning

The failure of the world to follow through on its resolutions is endangering the authority of the bodies charged with keeping the peace.

Azerbaijan Looks to Thaw Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Through Targeted Diplomacy

Azerbaijan is taking its turn as the Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, and is attempting to put its own stamp on the body’s policy and pronouncements.

Azerbaijan, Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh, and the New Security Paradigm

The comparison between Nagorno-Karabakh and Crimea — sham elections, displaced persons, and Russian military behind it all — is too obvious for even international affairs reporters to miss.

Toward a Unified Theory of Russian Empire

Reports from Ukraine’s security services that known fighting elements from Moldova’s breakaway Transdniester region have been active in Eastern Ukraine are a sign of several, related, ominous developments.