Category Archives: ukraine and russia

Ukraine’s “invisible” refugee crisis due to Putin’s War

Lebanon, Turkey, and Jordan are not the world’s only major “refugee” hosting nations. Ukraine too hosts enormous numbers of people who have had to leave their homes because of war. Millions fled their homes in 2014 after Russian operatives and tanks invaded Ukraine’s eastern regions and annexed Crimea. But they are not labeled “refugees.” Instead,… Read More

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Ukraine’s Survivor: Yulia Tymoshenko

Yulia Tymoshenko no longer braids her blond hair, but looks like a corporate lawyer from Berlin or Brussels, complete with glasses, an hour-glass figure, poise and exquisite grooming. She is the most famous and most controversial figure in Ukraine. And, however historians or critics judge her, she embodies the hardship endured by Ukraine’s people in… Read More

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Dec. 2 Kyiv Ukraine: Keynote at Tiger Conference

The work toward rebuilding Ukraine and forging a fair and decent social contract continues given the country’s systemic problems such as corruption and lack of human rights or economic freedoms. The Kyiv Post every year hosts a conference that features high profile Ukrainian and global experts to discuss the country’s challenges and provide solutions. For… Read More

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Germany Moves to Take a Bigger Role by Expanding Military

First published August 26, 2016 in the National Post National Post BAYREUTH, Germany – Police guard the main entrance to Richard Wagner’s storied Festival Hall for the first time in years. The security protects opera buffs who travel here every summer, amid concerns about protests or worse. The police presence underscores a new reality. Germany,… Read More

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Stolen Future: Atlantic Council/Newsweek Major Issue Paper by Diane Francis on Russia-Ukrainian Corruption

Atlantic Council published May 10, 2016 Diane Francis’ new issue brief, “Stolen Future,” exposes the depth and breadth of the economic devastation a corruption fueled oligarchy has wrought in Ukraine. In the wake of the Euromaidan Revolution, Ukraine has the opportunity to break the cycle of wealth appropriation which has plagued both Russia and Ukraine… Read More

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Brexit Paradox: US and Canada should merge economically and militarily

The Three Amigos met this week in Ottawa with an exceedingly messy Brexit and rising U.S. protectionism as worrisome backdrops. The meeting was more about optics than substance, but there was one clear and expensive request buried President Barack Obama’s speech: “NATO needs more Canada.” Whoops. The media has not picked up on this because… Read More

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