Russians want to negotiate, but they want respect and to be approached as peers. As it currently stands, every time Vladimir Putin coughs, we reach for our bayonets. Yet, we were allies in World War II, and we have a common strategic threat now in ISIS. Let's clean up this scourge together.
It is troubling to think that four countries whose forays into affecting change in Syria have had tepid results at best have the audacity to discuss peace and a post-Assad regime without including the two main belligerents to the conflict.
President Putin's decision to deploy aircraft in Syria and bomb opponents of President Assad may be "a recipe for disaster" as President Obama asserts, but it neatly exploits U.S. and western European vulnerabilities in the region. And it gives Russia leverage to undermine NATO and destabilize the oil-rich Middle East.
The president's favorite rhetorical trope is to justify withdrawing from the world on the grounds that the "international community" will fill the vacuum created by our abdication, says Jonah Goldberg. But only the bad actors step up.
President Obama's Press Secretary Josh Earnest recently said that the administration was unsure about Russia's motivations for its military build-up in Syria. While Middle East policy has not been a bright spot for the Obama administration — except for the nuclear agreement with Iran — the lack of understanding of Vladimir Putin's purpose is quite surprising. In my own view, Mr. Putin's motives are quite clear: He wants to keep his ally, Bashar Assad, in power.
In the same breath as they're slamming McDonald's, the Iranians are telling us exactly what they want from the West: ultra-high-tech manufacturing. That's precisely why it should be used as the ultimate enticement in developing closer relations with new frontier markets like Iran, not to be given away without something substantial in return.
At the highest levels, the U.S. and European Union believe that corruption in Russia is so extensive that after the invasion of Crimea and Ukraine, they directed many sanctions toward Russia's elite. John McCain maintained in 2013 that Putin rules by "corruption, repression and violence," and various news commentators calls Mr. Putin a "thug" at every turn. Yet, considering some of the legislation and behavior of our own political class, these claims seem sanctimonious. U.S. politicians would do
Eighteen months after her second Peace Corps stint in Ukraine was cut short when a violent political crisis swept through the country, a Clarksville woman is returning to the still-simmering nation to finish the work she started.
The debate over the proposed agreement with Iran limiting their ability to develop a nuclear weapon has passed the silly point and has reached the status of absurdity. Some critics actually state that it permits Iran to create such a weapon. The opposite is, of course, true.
The nuclear deal with Iran will unleash economic forces that make it unenforceable. Tehran will become the dominant economic and military power in the Middle East and, if it chooses, build nuclear weapons.
President Obama has proclaimed Hillary Clinton an effective secretary of state. All along, it must have been the plan for Russia to seize the eastern Ukraine, Beijing to build airstrips and assert sovereignty over international shipping lanes in the South China Sea, and Iran to have nuclear weapons capabilities.
Sen. Ben Cardin became the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday, providing the Obama administration with a potentially powerful ally at a critical time for U.S. foreign policy.
With the personal approval of the Defense Secretary, Ukrainian Col. Ihor Hordiychuk is the beneficiary of a little-known program that the Defense Department uses to take care of allied soldiers on American soil.
On Wednesday, Dmitry Pronin, 29, admitted to accusations that he killed his mother in 2011, pleading guilty to second-degree murder in Baltimore County Circuit Court as part of an agreement with prosecutors.
As a former prisoner of war who experienced torture, John McCain has more standing than any of his Senate colleagues when it comes to rendering judgment about the CIA's Bush-era "enhanced interrogation" program.
America's energy renaissance, driven by the shale energy boom, hasn't just strengthened our domestic economy, it has shifted the global energy market's balance of power in America's favor, and OPEC is struggling to react to this new reality.