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Deliberations at the current NATO summit in Wales may or may not produce a reduction in tensions over Ukraine. But one thing is certain: irrespective of how the stand-off is eventually resolved, Vladimir Putin will emerge with his reputation powerfully enhanced. Basically Putin is the new Napoleon, and the Ukraine crisis is his diplomatic Austerlitz:... Read More
President Obama is no doubt congratulating himself on today’s news of tough new EU sanctions on Russia. He shouldn’t count his chickens. Sanctions are one thing, but how rigorously will they be enforced? Several EU nations seem to be merely going through the motions and will no doubt prove creative in finding loopholes. The most... Read More
Almost everyone in the American establishment seems to support President Obama’s new round of sanctions against Russia. Almost everyone, that is, except U.S. exporters. Although they have been quiet on the crisis, U.S. exporters are hardly happy. They are censoring themselves because to speak openly would risk accusations of disloyalty. But they know in their... Read More
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