Post Tagged with: "Russia"

on April 16, 2014 at 2:15 PM / in World

Strange Bedfellows: Is the United Kingdom Too Close to Russia to Impose Sanctions?

By: Eli Scott “We need to be willing to harm ourselves to harm Russia. We’re long past the point where Western financial centers should be enabling Russian kleptocrats. But that’s undoubtedly what’s happening.” The above statement came from Andrew Foxall, a director of Russian studies at the Henry Jackson Society in reference to the United Kingdom’s unwillingness to impose harsh […]

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on March 17, 2014 at 2:19 PM / in World

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 insignia, but the Russian presence […]

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on March 8, 2014 at 10:13 PM / in World

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 Viktor Yanukovych’s regime and take […]

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on February 18, 2014 at 8:23 PM / in World

The Paralympics in a Country Without Wheelchair Access

By: Kathleen Wilson In November, Russia launched its squats for rides campaign at the Vystavochnaya subway station in western Moscow. In lieu of paying 30 rubles (92 cents) for a train ticket, willing participants could obtain a ticket by doing 30 squats in under two minutes. Special machines throughout the Vystavochnaya station monitored the form and number of squats completed […]

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on February 18, 2014 at 6:04 PM / in World

More Than #SochiProblems: What the Olympics Can Teach Us

By: Chris Lewitzke Maybe it was when Al Michaels asked millions of Americans “Do you believe in miracles?” as the final seconds ticked off the clock during the United States’ 4-3 victory over the Soviets in hockey in 1980. Maybe it was when Usian Bolt challenged the limits of the human body and ran faster than any man other man […]

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on February 17, 2014 at 12:18 PM / in Arts & Culture, World

What Can Pussy Riot Learn from American Prisons?

By: Allison Skinner Two leading members of Pussy Riot, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, left their bright-colored balaclavas in Russia, bringing their anti-Putin sentiments to America for the first time in early February. The punk band’s arrival in New York City solidified their global celebrity status by being introduced by Madonna as “freedom fighters” at the Amnesty International benefit concert, […]

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on February 16, 2014 at 4:44 PM / in World

Russia’s Pipeline Politics

By: William Robinson Russia’s pipelines are not just the foundation of its resurgent economy but the weapon of choice for Russia’s aggressive foreign policy. These pipelines, an interconnected web spanning Eastern European countries that pumped 7 billion barrels of gas daily in 2012, have been used to extort business concessions and influence electoral behavior, and remain a tool for Russian […]

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on February 9, 2014 at 5:55 PM / in World

Undermining Arms Control: The Threat to Treaty Compliance

By: Kush Patel  Donning his blue and red dotted tie and iconic smile, President Reagan, alongside counterpart Soviet General-Secretary Gorbachev, signed a comprehensive treaty in the East Room of the White House. Both had accomplished a goal unimaginable 20 years before; they bilaterally agreed to end the proliferation and deployment of intermediate-range nuclear and conventional ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles. […]

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on February 1, 2014 at 12:09 PM / in World

Blood Orange Revolution

By: Michael Ingram It is Jan. 23, 2014, 3 a.m. EST. The droning cacophony of police bullhorns breaks the early morning stillness in the frost-covered Ukrainian capital of Kiev. Protesters pace aimlessly between makeshift barriers constructed from the requisitioned flotsam of the city streets and the burn-out carcasses of buses. With shields raised, state security forces form a bulwark against […]

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on January 20, 2014 at 7:09 PM / in Arts & Culture, World

Is Russia Ready?

By: Victoria Barker Once every four years, the world’s attention is focused on the wonderland that is the Winter Olympics. Next month will echo the honored tradition of athletes and spectators gathering from every corner of the earth. The months and years leading up to the games have always been plagued by reports that the luxurious venues, such as that […]

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