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March 15, 2018

UK Skripal Poisoning Crime Scene Are Cold War Spy-Craft Norms Fading?

The poisoning of former double agent Sergei V. Skripal in the UK indicates that Russia may have abandoned some unspoken rules of espionage. CIA veteran Jack Devine examines the history and current state of spy-craft.

February 6, 2018

East Germany was a perennial powerhouse at winter games, including the 1988 Calgary games where it won gold and bronze in the women’s 1000 meters Speedskating event. The Mixed Record of Sports Diplomacy

While sports may temporarily transcend divisions in society, events like the Olympics rarely serve to advance countries’ diplomatic aims.

April 18, 2014

Punishing Russia Carries Risks

Tighter Western sanctions against Russia for its actions in Ukraine may be necessary but could bring unwelcome consequences, explains CFR’s John Bellinger.

October 3, 2008

United States
Setting a Constructive Russia Agenda

Steven Pifer, an expert on Russian affairs and former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, says U.S.-Russia relations have "deteriorated significantly" since their high point just after 9/11. The next U.S. ad…

December 11, 2017

Protesters carry Polish flags during a rally, organized by nationalist groups, to mark the anniversary of Polish independence. What’s Next for Poland’s Democratic Decline?

Once a role model for democracy, Poland has rapidly witnessed a series of illiberal moves that threaten the rule of law and its future within the European Union, says Agata Fijalkowski.

April 18, 2013

United States
Repairing U.S.-Russia Relations

Moscow and Washington share a number of significant interests that require cooperation, despite heightened bilateral tensions over human rights issues, says former U.S ambassador Jack F. Matlock, Jr.

November 17, 2017

King Salman meets with Saad Hariri in Riyadh. Saudi Arabia’s Lebanon Gambit

Saudi Arabia pressed Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to resign to try to weaken Iran-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon. The path to resolving the crisis could run through Yemen.

October 13, 2017

Iran Nuclear Agreement
President Trumps speaks about the Iran nuclear agreement at the White House. Will Decertification Spike the Iran Nuclear Accord?

President Trump’s denunciation of the Iran nuclear deal has put the agreement on shaky footing, even if Congress declines to reinstate sanctions.

December 10, 2014

Where Is Putin Leading Russia?

President Vladimir Putin has failed to deliver a coherent response to Russia’s economic challenges while continuing to feed concerns about his intentions in Ukraine, says CFR’s Stephen Sestanovich.

July 23, 2014

What MH17 Means for Russia

The focus of the EU and U.S. response should go beyond the passenger jet downing and address broader concerns about Russia’s policies toward Ukraine, says CFR’s Stephen Sestanovich.