3:39 PM, Mar 21, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
An open letter from the Foreign Policy Initiative to President Obama:
March 21, 2014
The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States of America
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20500
Mar 31, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 28 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
On February 22, popular protests led to the fall of the pro-Russian government of Viktor Yanukovych in Kiev. On February 27, in response to this setback, President Vladimir Putin sent forces into Crimea to seize it from Ukraine. On March 19, President Barack Obama delivered his response. He reassured Putin, “We are not going to be getting into a military excursion in Ukraine.” Obama added, “What we are going to do is mobilize all of our diplomatic resources to make sure that we’ve got a strong international coalition that sends a clear message.”
Mar 31, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 28 • By THOMAS DONNELLY
The failures of American will exposed by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine are numerous and mounting. Coming on top of the tepid response to China’s declaration of an air defense identification zone over Japanese waters and the withdrawals from Iraq, Afghanistan, and the “red line” in Syria, they have revealed Barack Obama as a man who not only “leads from behind” but marches to the rear.
Time for another Russia reset.Mar 31, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 28 • By TOD LINDBERG
It's time for a reset for U.S. policy toward Russia. The original Obama reset has now run its course, and President Vladimir Putin has thoroughly dashed all hope of Russia emerging as a partner of the United States and a constructive contributor to a liberal international order. The armed takeover and annexation of Crimea and the threat of further military incursion into eastern Ukraine have established beyond doubt that the United States needs to approach Russia first and foremost as a security challenge.
1:35 PM, Mar 20, 2014 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
It would be ironic if Hillary Clinton had a second presidential campaign torpedoed because of another politician's foreign policy.
5:24 PM, Mar 19, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The BBC is reporting that:
Ukraine is drawing up plans to withdraw its soldiers and their families from Crimea, Kiev's security chief says. Andriy Parubiy said they wanted to move them "quickly and efficiently" to mainland Ukraine.
And, having accompl
12:01 PM, Mar 19, 2014 • By LEE SMITH
President Obama has made nuclear nonproliferation one of his highest priorities but, as the Wall Street Journal explains, the White House’s weak response on Ukraine is sending all the wrong messages.
8:34 AM, Mar 19, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Appearing with the president of Latvia and Lithuania, Vice President Joe Biden warned Russia "that there is a price to pay for naked aggression."
4:27 PM, Mar 18, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden wandered a little off course on a trip down memory lane today.
“Fifteen years ago, I was honored, as the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, to lead the fight for Poland’s admission into NATO,” Biden said in Warsaw during a visit designed to reassure America’s Eastern European allies in the wake of Russia’s move to take control of Crimea.
The only problem: Biden wasn’t chairman back then.
And U.S. foreign policy should reflect this.8:15 AM, Mar 18, 2014 • By DAN BLUMENTHAL and MICHAEL MAZZA
In recent weeks, all eyes have been on a revisionist regime dissatisfied with the post-Cold War status quo, convinced of the geopolitical necessity of and historical right to a hegemonic self-centric regional order, dedicated to the long-term job security of its political leaders, and driven by enduring, geographically-imposed security concerns. What country does this describe? Before Russian aggression in Crimea, the obvious answer would be China. Without a Chinese Putin, China has to take a backseat to Russia as the leading revisionist power.
3:25 PM, Mar 17, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
It may come as a surprise to the architects of our “Smart Power” foreign policy, but the world is not entirely rational. Vladimir Putin defies the West, which threatens sanctions – but nothing personal – and he is not deterred, even at the risk of recession.
2:32 PM, Mar 17, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
It comes as no big surprise that K Street has no plans to impose sanctions on Russia … or itself.
2:06 PM, Mar 17, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
David Axelrod, the former top political adviser to President Barack Obama, talks Russia on Twitter. "Crimea and Punishment. Putin riding high at home now, but hard to see how his county benefits in the long run if ruble is in rubble," writes Axelrod.