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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.

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 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.

Why Join the EU?

Dealing in Eastern European finance is a fast way to learn that outside of a few countries, the advantages of European ties are ephemeral at best.

Kyrgyzstan Moves to Become Formal Russian Vassal State

However brief its renewed moment in the sun, it appears Russia may once again be called an empire — and all for a few billions of dollars.

Leaked Phone Call Shows Western Incompetence in Ukraine

This does nothing to encourage the West’s attempts to portray itself as an inevitable and calm future for Ukraine, which until just days ago was its entire foreign policy in the East.

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.

The Slow Plod to War

A recent Armenian offensive along the border — after a steady uptick in violence over the last few years — is a sign that peace is no longer in danger of breaking out.