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Victor Kotsev

The West’s support of the Ukraine revolution could have been a tipping point in bad relations with Russia.
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Is Western Policy on Ukraine Putin’ World at Risk?

April 20, 2015 by

Western support of the Ukrainian uprising may have been miscalculated—and has the potential to exacerbate an already-strained relationship with Russia.

Kurdish pesh merga fighters.
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The Radical Experiment in Democracy That Defeated the Islamic State in Syria

February 13, 2015 by

The American allies that beat back a five-month Islamic State onslaught on the Syria-Turkey border are running a bold experiment in democracy started by … terrorists. From Istanbul, Victor Kotsev examines the Kurdish warrior-democrats doing Washington’s heavy lifting.

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Russia’s Ukraine Maneuvers May Be a Push Toward … Peace

September 17, 2014 by

The Western rhetoric against Russia’s involvement in Ukraine has been nothing short of bellicose. Yet Moscow’s apparent aggression may be designed to forge the peace Russia wants.

Media Fail, War & Peace

Ukraine’s Disinformation Battle: Little Green Men, Hamsters and the Fog of War

May 27, 2014 by

Disinformation is thick over Ukraine now, providing a 21st Century version of the Cold War propaganda battle between Russia and the U.S. Here, we take a look at a cycle of obfuscation we’ve seen plenty of times before, and the risks it brings to the heart of Europe.

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Bulgaria May be the Next US-Russia Flashpoint

April 18, 2014 by

As tensions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine escalate, it’s a safe bet that most Western eyes have not been on Bulgaria. Yet the country—with its seven million people—may prove to be a crucible of the confrontation between East and West.

Deep Politics, War & Peace

From the Algerian Terror to Al Qaeda Meets Mali: West’s Hidden Agenda and One Big Mess

January 25, 2013 by

Trying to understand the story of the Algerian hostage crisis? French (and soon US) intervention in neighboring Mali creeping onto your radar? A trip through some baffling landscape reveals some familiar landmarks.