Ukrainian Energy Partnerships: The Key to Retaining U.S. Leadership in Europe

Ukrainian Energy Partnerships: The Key to Retaining U.S. Leadership in Europe

BY ANATOLIY AMELIN AND ANDRIAN PROKIP Under current conditions of geopolitical competition and a leadership race, the United States as a main global player will need new means to retain this status. In the case of tension with Russia and imposing sanctions against it, a new tool is available now—participation in energy source mining and […]

Donbas, Pandora’s Box: Shortcomings of the Proxy War Approach

Donbas, Pandora’s Box: Shortcomings of the Proxy War Approach

BY TETYANA MALYARENKO On Friday, November 24, Igor Plotnitsky, leader of the so-called “Luhansk People’s Republic” (LPR), resigned “due to health issues,” and Leonid Pasechnik, the “state security minister,” took over. This change in leadership resulted from a conflict between Igor Plotnitsky and the “siloviki” bloc, in particular “Minister of Interior” Igor Kornet and Pasechnik […]

UN Peacekeeping Mission in Ukraine: How It Can Help Settle, Not Freeze, the Conflict in Donbas

UN Peacekeeping Mission in Ukraine: How It Can Help Settle, Not Freeze, the Conflict in Donbas

BY VASYL FILIPCHUK Russia’s proposal to have a UN peacekeeping operation on the contact line in eastern Ukraine has accelerated the international negotiating process regarding settling the conflict in the Donbas. The use of peacekeepers has already been discussed at recent meetings in Belgrade between the newly appointed U.S. special envoy, Kurt Volker, and Russian […]

East-Central Europe’s “Galactic” Imagining of Post-Soviet Security

East-Central Europe’s “Galactic” Imagining of Post-Soviet Security

BY ANDREAS UMLAND Many politicians, diplomats, and analysts in East-Central Europe imagine their region as being divided into two planets, one with EU and NATO member countries, the second with all the rest. This reflexive view leads to widespread denial of some plain geographic facts about, and the resulting security challenges for, NATO’s eastern member […]