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Volodymyr Zelenskiy and the Donbas Conflict in Ukraine

June 5, 2019

by Daria Platonova 5 June 2019 Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s[1] election to the presidency in Ukraine[2] has taken everyone by surprise. A former comedy actor and producer, Zelenskiy is widely seen as someone “outside the system,” despite having connections to the Ukrainian oligarchs. In the few interviews that he granted prior to the election, he acknowledged that the … Continue reading “Volodymyr Zelenskiy and the Donbas Conflict in Ukraine”

Teasing the bear: NATO, Russia and the Baltic States

June 30, 2015

By Leyla Aliyeva: Russia’s President Putin statement a fortnight ago made on a conference with Finland’s President Sauli Niiniste sent a signal that Moscow is aware of NATO’s recent activities near Russia’s borders in Eastern Europe, and in the case of an attack Russia will strike back at the source of the attack. Eastern European … Continue reading “Teasing the bear: NATO, Russia and the Baltic States”

Russia and the World following Ukraine: A Strife 4-part series

April 27, 2015

By Sebastian Åsberg: “At last, Russia has returned to the world arena as a strong state – a country that others heed and that can stand up for itself” – Russian President Vladimir Putin, 2008. While the overall strength of the Russian state, especially in the long-term, is still a subject of debate, Russia has … Continue reading “Russia and the World following Ukraine: A Strife 4-part series”

Canada’s NATO response: A missed opportunity

September 9, 2014

By Zachary Wolfraim: Earlier this May I analysed Canada’s tentative re-engagement with NATO given its full-throated defence of Ukrainian sovereignty and its commitment of military assets to NATO’s reassurance mission in Eastern Europe. The deployment of F-18s, the participation of a Canadian frigate in NATO’s Standing Naval Maritime Group, as well as additional headquarters staff, … Continue reading “Canada’s NATO response: A missed opportunity”

Obama, NATO and the Brussels Response

March 28, 2014

By Zachary Wolfraim: Editor’s note: On Wednesday, March 26, US President Obama visited Brussels to recommit his position to the NATO alliance. This piece is a response by a former NATO consultant who attended the event. * This speech was initially meant to discuss the transatlantic relationship, events in the Ukraine conspired to turn the … Continue reading “Obama, NATO and the Brussels Response”

Vox populi, vox dei: A few words on Ukraine, Crimea and the West

March 2, 2014

By N. Gourof, Editor, Strife: Events, those nemeses of politicians, according to Harold Macmillan, tend to unravel too fast for cautious observation and a balanced development of popular opinion. They have certainly done so in the crisis of recent days in Ukraine. Characteristically, views and perceptions of a large portion of the reading – and … Continue reading “Vox populi, vox dei: A few words on Ukraine, Crimea and the West”


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