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Russia’s Baltic Jewel, NATO’s Persisting Headache

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2016 edition of the Georgia Political Review. By Valtteri Tamminen Kaliningrad was once the old German city of Königsberg, which fell into Soviet hands during the final months of World War II.  In 1946, it was renamed Kaliningrad after the Soviet revolutionary Mikhail Kalinin. When the Soviet Union…

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Should the United States Arm Ukraine?

By William Robinson On February 12, Russia and Ukraine agreed to a ceasefire agreement brokered by Germany and France effective February 15.  Three days after the ceasefire took effect, thousands of Ukrainian troops retreated from the town of Debaltseve, having suffered 22 casualties and more than 150 wounded by a Russian-backed assault. Russia, within days…

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Will Sanctioning Russia Work?

By William Robinson The Obama administration lauds the use of sanctions as a nonviolent method of correcting aggressive countries’ behaviors. Sanctions keep troops out of harm’s way and keep civilians out of the crossfire of combat. Given these significant virtues, sanctions should be the go-to solution for U.S. policy towards any aggressive country – that…

The Near Abroad in the Near Future

By: William Robinson Ukraine is not the only target of Russian expansion – it was not even the first. In fact, several countries along Russia’s border possess a sizable population of ethnic Russians. These ethnic Russians form homogenous pockets in their respective countries, and their regions have become targets for Russia’s nationalistic policy. Crimea is…


The Comeback of Cold War Espionage

By: William Robinson The radios were silenced, victims of a radio-jammer. Estonian police officer Eston Kohver patrolled his border security point, one of many such points along the 201-mile border with Russia, as a smoke bomb landed nearby. Behind the ensuing fog, Kohver was taken. Since his abduction on Sept. 4, Russia refuses to let…

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Which Way Back to Russia? And Other Helpful Advice from Twitter

By: Bert Thompson   The international drama that has engulfed Ukraine and Russia continues into yet another month, full of tension and the possibility for interstate conflict. Tensions have risen along interstate conflict, at least in some surprising ways. Voices on each side of the struggle – principally, the United States and Russia – decry…

Russia’s Annexation Plan

By: Michael Ingram Russian expansionism is back without a bang. Since Feb. 27, the south Ukrainian Autonomous Republic of Crimea has been under de facto Russian control. In a remarkably subtle move (as far as invasions go), troops first appeared throughout the Crimean capital of Simferopol in unmarked green battle fatigues. They bore no official…

The Future of Ukraine: An International Battle to Fight?

By: Victoria Barker All eyes have been on Europe these past few months. Given the kick-off of the Olympic games in Sochi and the revolution in Ukraine, much foreign policy has been focused on Russian President Vladimir V. Putin’s sphere of influence. Since November, Ukrainians have gathered in the streets of Kiev to protest then-President…

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