1. Middle East Embroiled in Its Own Thirty Years’ War

    The region’s turmoil is reminiscent of the thirty years of political and religious strife in seventeenth century Europe.

    The Middle East is in turmoil as the third act of the post-Ottoman period --- the colonial period and the nationalist regimes like Gamal Abdel Nasser's that succeeded it being the first two -- moves forward in an unstable and bloody fashion. The events should remind observers of an…
  1. Putin Doesn’t Care About the Rules Anymore

    The Russian president appears to have decided that if Western countries don’t keep their commitments, neither should he.

    The United States on Monday accused Russia of violating a Cold War arms treaty governing both powers' use of intermediate range missiles. If true, it marks the latest in a series of Russian…
  1. Ukraine Pushes Offensive in East, Rebel Leadership in Disarray

    The speed of the Ukrainian army’s offensive seems to have taken the rebels’ leaders by surprise.

    Ukraine said on Monday its troops continued to drive rebels back in the east of the country, toward the border with neighboring Russia which has supported the separatist uprising. The speed of the offensive appeared to have taken the rebel leadership by surprise. Alexander Borodai, the…
  1. Dutch Hold Off on Military Mission to Ukraine Crash Site

    The Netherlands’ Mark Rutte fears military intervention would get in the way of repatriating the victims from a plane crash.

    The Dutch cabinet on Sunday ruled out sending a military mission to Ukraine to secure the area where a commercial airliner carrying 193 passengers from the…
  1. Israel Was Right to Reject American Ceasefire Proposal

    Secretary of State John Kerry seemed to have only taken into account the concerns of Hamas.

    When Secretary of State John Kerry's proposal for a ceasefire between Gaza militants and Israel reached the latter's cabinet on Friday, it reportedly united liberals and…
  1. Australia, Netherlands Send Military Police to Ukraine Crash Site

    The two countries are sending military police and possibly elite forces to secure the Malaysia Airlines crash site in eastern Ukraine.

    Australia and the Netherlands announced on Friday they would send military police forces to the area in eastern Ukraine where a Malaysia Airlines jet was shot down last week. They also prepared to seek approval from the United Nations…
  1. Defying Pressure from Allies, France to Deliver Warship to Russia

    France will deliver at least one helicopter carrier to Russia but might cancel the second, President Fran├žois Hollande says.

    As European foreign ministers met in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss tightening sanctions on Russia following the crash of a commercial airliner in the east of Ukraine, France said it could not cancel the delivery of the first of two helicopter carriers…
  1. Why Even an Airplane Crash Won’t Make Putin Back Down

    Russian propaganda has so strongly made the Ukrainian separatists’ case that Putin cannot afford to back down now.

    Since a commercial airliner crashed in eastern Ukraine on Thursday -- brought down, in all likelihood, by a pro-Russian militants -- Russian president Vladimir Putin has cast the blame solely on Ukraine's government, saying it "bears responsibility" for…
  1. Despite Plane Deaths, Dutch Careful Not to Antagonize Russia

    While close to two hundred Dutch nationals died in the Ukraine plane crash, the Netherlands is reluctant to blame Russia.

    Even as pro-Russian separatists were in all likelihood responsible for bringing down a Malaysia Airlines jet on Thursday, killing all 193 Dutch passengers on board, the Netherlands' prime…