1. Federalization is Russian Design to Weaken Ukraine, Not Save It

    Russia’s solution for the crisis in Ukraine would only destabilize the country further and prevent it from deepening ties with the West.

    Russia's proposal to federalize Ukraine can hardly be seen as a sincere attempt to solve the crisis in that country. If implemented, such a scheme would almost certainly expand Russian influence into its former satellite state…
  1. Narendra Modi: The Man to Lead India into Growth

    The conservative leader will do for India what he has done in Gujarat: clean up government and create jobs.

    After a decade in power, India's Congress party appears to have lost both the ability and the will to push through the reforms the country needs to grow and provide jobs for the millions of young Indians who are joining the labor market each year. The…
  1. An Opportunity to Respond

    The United States must remember what it is like to win in its strategic competition with Russia.

    Co-authored by Gary Barnabo, president of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, a global non-profit that fosters the next generation of foreign policy leaders. Mikhail Grinberg is a strategy consultant and student of the defense industry. Russia…
  1. Russia’s Crimea Seizure Underscores NATO’s Traditional Role

    After two decades of navel gazing, it turns out NATO is still most useful for what it set out to do in the first place.

    Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea should be a reminder that NATO is still most relevant for what it set out to do in the first place -- keep the Russians out of Europe.…
  1. Don’t Confuse Russia’s Motives in Crimea with Justification

    Analysts should bear in mind that there is a difference between explaining and legitimizing Russian behavior.

    Commentators who try to explain Russia's invasion of the Crimea are right to point out the former superpower's many grievances. But those should be not mistaken for a justification of its actions.…
  1. Western Sahara: An Unlikely Key to American Strategy in Africa

    Do America’s counterterrorism efforts in West Africa require it to look the other way when it comes to the colonization of half a million people?

    Africa, once the forgotten continent in American foreign policy, has rather abruptly become important again. US Africa Command has been front and center as a result of operations in Libya, Somalia and elsewhere. Terrorist groups like Al-Shabaab, Boko Haram…
  1. Critics of Sykes-Picot Overlook Arab Agency

    Certainly Western interference didn’t always help but the Arabs were also responsible for many mishaps themselves.

    Where Sykes-Picot is blamed, Arab agency tends to be ignored. Selim Can Sazak's recent commentary in The National Interest is an example of this tendency to condemn Western interference the Middle East while overlooking the possibility that the…
  1. No War Please, We’re German: Problems of an Assertive Foreign Policy

    Germany’s attitude to military operations is unlikely to change as long as even its friends keep bringing up the Nazis.

    German foreign policy has long been rather subdued and passive compared to other countries of similar economic power. Germany even drew open criticism and ridicule when it refused to support a NATO military intervention in Libya in 2011. Part of this obviously stems…