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Kazakhstan is opting for nuclear engagement, not deterrence

With North Korea wreaking havoc by testing nuclear weapons and missiles, and with Iranian nuclear program becoming once again the focus of U.S. foreign policy, Washington is searching for solutions to both crises. It is important to keep in mind that there are alternative, safer nuclear energy policies. Pyongyang and Tehran should take note and

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Why the IPO of this Russian company in London could be a big deal – CNBC

Brexit may not be catastrophic for the London Stock Exchange, despite naysayers’ dire prophecies. En+ Group, an integrated hydro power and aluminum producer owned by the Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, is mulling an initial public offering in London this summer to raise as much as $2 billion. This would be Russia’s biggest public share offering

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By Changing Alphabet, Kazakhs Take Another Step Toward the West

Kazakhstan has decided to switch alphabets, from Cyrillic to Latin script, by 2025. After decades of Russian and Soviet domination, countries are developing their own cultural code, though some feel uneasy about the change. Yet the Latin alphabet will only boost Kazakhstan’s international integration and its economic, technological, and scientific development. Plus, Latin script isn’t new to

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Trump’s first 100 days: the foreign policy report card

The Huffington Post By Ariel Cohen May 8, 2017 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/5910763de4b046ea176aed40 Many in Washington feared Trump would sell out to Russia. That never happened. Sanctions against Russia over Ukraine are in place. Syria was hit with 59 Tomahawk missiles. Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. To quote Nikki Haley,

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More Solidarity with Ukraine Needed, Say Speakers at the Kyiv Security Forum

The Huffington Post By Dr. Ariel Cohen April 24, 2017 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/more-solidarity-with-ukraine-needed-say-speakers-at_us_58fe1931e4b086ce58981363 The Tenth Kyiv Security Forum—an important foreign affairs conference conducted annually by the Open Ukraine Foundation—occurred on April 6-7. Headed by Ukraine’s former Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and his wife Terezia, the conference underscored an important message: the need for the West to stay

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Dr. Cohen Speaks on Bloomberg Markets AM: Putin is Doubling Down on Assad

Bloomberg Markets AM with Pimm Fox and Lisa Abramowicz “Atlantic Council’s Ariel Cohen: Putin is Doubling Down on Assad” April 12, 2017 https://www.bloomberg.com/news/audio/2017-04-12/atlantic-council-s-ariel-cohen-putin-is-doubling-down-on-assad GUEST: Ariel Cohen, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and director of the Center for Energy, Natural Resources and Geopolitics at the IAGS, on Syria, Russia and how oil plays a factor.

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The Russian Military in Ukraine and Syria: Lessons for the United States (Event Video)

The Atlantic Council March 28, 2017 http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/events/webcasts/the-russian-military-in-ukraine-and-syria-lessons-for-the-united-states The recent escalation of military activities in Donetsk and Luhansk in Eastern Ukraine and military power projection in Syria demonstrate massive improvements in Moscow’s military capabilities. Russia is using hybrid warfare and conventional military operations to achieve its geopolitical goals: apply massive pressure against the democratically elected government

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