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  • Atlantic Council Statement on the Passing of Dinu Patriciu

    Dinu Patriciu, founder of the Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center and a member of the Council's International Advisory Board died today at age sixty-four due to complications related to lymphatic cancer.

  • Herbst in FP: How to Beat Down a Bully

    Eurasia Center Director John Herbst, with Jeffrey A. Stacey, writes for Foreign Policy on how to stop Putin's intervention in Ukraine. 

  • A Smart US Investment for Georgia’s Future

    Despite Georgia's readiness to become a candidate for NATO, the Alliance announced in late June that Georgia will not be offered a Membership Action Plan (MAP) at the Wales Summit this September. This is disappointing news for Georgia, which has undertaken years of political and military reforms and has long awaited to be welcomed into the Alliance. Although the United States was not able to persuade some of its fellow allies on MAP, US leadership must not only continue to press on the issue but also devote equally sustained attention to other elements of Georgia's Euro-Atlantic integration. Russian recent aggression in Ukraine makes it all the more pressing for the United States to send a strong message that Georgia, and the region as a whole, is important by concluding a US-Georgia Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

  • Ukrainians Will Not Compromise With Russia, Nayyem Says

    Ukrainian Journalist Urges West: Don't Press Kyiv to Halt Advance

    Four months into their battle with Russia over southeast Ukraine, Ukrainians will not allow their government to compromise Ukraine’s sovereignty in the region, and the international community should not press it to do so, prominent Ukrainian journalist Mustafa Nayyem said at the Atlantic Council. Ukraine should continue its war to defeat the Russian-sponsored separatist militias, but should avoid a frontal assault on the main cities, Lugansk and Donetsk, to which they are retreating, Nayyem said.

  • On Tuesday, August 12th, the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center hosted an on-the-record small group discussion with one of Ukraine's most prominent journalists, Mustafa Nayyem. The event was introduced and moderated by Atlantic Council Writer and Editor Irena Chalupa.

  • To Confront ISIS, Get Arms and Emergency Help to Iraq’s Kurds

    US Has Declined to Arm Kurdish Forces, But That Now Must Change

    Iraq’s national army effectively has collapsed before the advance of the brutal guerrillas of the Islamic State, leaving only one effective fighting force – the Kurdish peshmerga – to confront them. As the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has seized much of northwestern Iraq, and as it threatens genocidal violence against minorities, including an estimated 40,000 people from the Yazidi sect now trapped on barren mountains, the peshmerga are doing the bulk of the fighting against this threat. Since early June, 150 peshmerga reportedly have been killed in the conflict.

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Erdoğan Victory Will Extend Turkey’s Polarization, Tension with US August 11, 2014 Turkish Opposition Fails to Coalesce Around a Message and a Leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s widely-expected election to the presidency of Turkey won’t herald major changes in Turkey’s domestic or foreign policies, or in US-Turkish relations – at least in the short term. Polarization, an increasingly predominant characteristic of Turkey’s politics for at least seven years, continues. A presidential campaign that could have been uniting but seemed more divisive than anything else, contributed greatly to this. Indeed, Erdoğan seemed to relish the politics of division; it certainly was a political winner for him. Read More New Atlanticist   Elections   Turkey   Original   Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center   Ross Wilson  
Turkey Votes Whether to Give Erdoğan the Keys to the Constitution August 8, 2014 A Prime Minister Aims to Become President, and Then Concentrate Power in His New Job ISTANBUL -- Turkey’s voters are likely this month to elect Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to a new job as the country's president, putting him on a path to re-write the constitution and forge a more centralized, presidential government. After eleven years as prime minister, Erdoğan is barred from running for re-election next year by a three-term limit enforced by the rules of his Justice and Democracy Party (AKP). His switch to the presidency is likely to continue, and perhaps accelerate, an erosion in Turkish democracy, several analysts say. That puts at risk Turkey’s role of recent years as a model of stability and democratization in the Middle East and the Eurasian region. Read More Elections   Eurasia   Turkey   Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center  
Herbst on Sanctions Against Russia August 8, 2014 Eurasia Center Director John Herbst joins the John Batchelor Show to discuss new European Union sanctions against Russia:  Read More Russia   Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center   Radio   Ukraine   John E. Herbst  
As Putin Weighs Invading Ukraine, the West Must Tell Him How it Would Respond August 7, 2014 Two months of steady advance by Ukrainian security forces have brought the war in Ukraine’s southeast to a crucial point at which Russian President Vladimir Putin must decide whether to launch a conventional invasion. The next four weeks, before NATO’s annual summit conference, are a critical window for action by Ukraine and its Western allies to forestall such a disastrous new escalation by Russia of its war.
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