Will Republicans Take This Opportunity To Break From Trump Over Russia?

In light of General Michael Flynn’s resignation over his communications with a Russian official, members of Congress have called for a 9/11 style commission to investigate Trump’s ties with Russia. The term “9/11 style commission” has become the buzzword of Washington, used by top Democrats, even by some Republican members of Congress. With a possible issue of national security looming in the background, Republican leaders need to take this opportunity to publicly and forcefully investigate Trump’s ties with Russia. Despite what Trump said in his recent grandiose press conference, Flynn’s…

Seeking Peace in Syria

The conflict in Syria has no end in sight, but recent events have provided prospects for peace with some glimmers of hope. The Feb. 27 ceasefire has helped humanitarian aid reach some 150,000 people in besieged areas. On March 14, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the surprise withdrawal of most Russian forces in Syria. And the self-proclaimed Islamic State has been losing strategic ground in Iraq and Syria, most recently when Syrian army forces took Palmyra; meanwhile, U.S. strikes kill about one Islamic State leader every three days. These are…

Are Sanctions Against Russia Enough?

Since the Russian Occupation of Crimea in late February, the US and the EU have implemented sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government in an effort to encourage it to change its course. Every time another major event occurs, these countries respond with an additional round of sanctions that range from targeting individuals close to Putin to sanctioning entire sectors of the Russian economy. The conflict has only become more and more entrenched in the eight months since the occupation of Crimea and the Russian-backed rebel uprising in Eastern Ukraine…

The Crimean Crisis and What’s Next for Ukraine

  What started off as anti-government protests against ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych several months ago has escalated to a Russian takeover of the Crimean Peninsula in Southern Ukraine. Both anti-government and pro-government protests began to take place in major cities on the Crimean peninsula and resulted in a hostile takeover of government buildings and the parliament of the Crimean peninsula by pro-Russian forces. This lead to the unconstitutional forming of a new Crimean Parliament and the appointment of Sergey Aksyonov as Prime Minister of Crimea on February 27th, whose…

Unrest in Ukraine: Summarizing the Euromaidan

For over two months now a massive, ongoing protest has been staged in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. The protests have been referred to as the Euromaidan. The name originates from the location of the protests, Independence Square, combining Euro for European and Maidan, the Ukrainian word for Square. The protests started on November 21, 2013 when Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych suddenly postponed signing an agreement with the European Union (EU) taking the nation and the EU by surprise. The EU-Ukraine agreement was supposed to include an Association Agreement with…