New Cold War

10.03.2015

What’s Behind Lithuania’s Restored Compulsory Military Service?

  • Luke Coffey
  • Konstantin Ranks
About seven years after abolishing compulsory military service and amidst the tense situation in Ukraine, Lithuania has restored conscription. Eurasia Outlook asked its experts to weigh in on the deeper meaning of this maneuver and what its consequences might be.
4.03.2015

Sanctions Vortex or Global Thinking?

  • Sergej Sumlenny
The European and U.S. sanctions seem to be the most challenging factor for western companies doing business in Russia. As sanctions lists and types of sanctions have got more and more complicated during the last year, clarity has decreased and risks have increased dramatically.
10.02.2015

Russia’s Performance at the Munich Security Conference: A Symptom or a Cause?

When Russian diplomats talk about Ukraine, they are actually speaking to just one man—Vladimir Putin. Moscow does not see any value in reaching out to the broad policy community in the West. The scary thing is that this behavior is not a consequence of the Ukrainian crisis, but one of its major sources.
9.02.2015

When It Comes to Nuclear Weapons, Words Are Deeds

Those fearing a repeat of the Cold War should understand that the current situation may be worse than the Cold War in some respects.
6.02.2015

Brief Commentary on the Termination of the Nunn-Lugar Program

It is extremely difficult to predict the prospects for new comprehensive agreements on nuclear threat reduction in the midst of the current international crisis. But crises do not last forever, and there may come a time when all of the facets of the unique Nunn-Lugar program will be deemed useful.
22.01.2015

Nuclear Weapons in Russia’s Amended Military Doctrine

Some experts’ concern that the amended version of the Russian military doctrine would significantly alter conditions for nuclear weapons’ use in the context of the Ukraine crisis and the resulting sharp escalation of the military and political situation has turned out to be premature.
1.01.2015

Eurasia Outlook

Throughout the year, Eurasia Outlook has been trying to bring to your attention a variety of views from across the vast region on the region itself. At the beginning of 2015, we are taking a customary holiday break. We will be back on January 12.
30.12.2014

Looking Back on 2014

Eurasia Outlook asked its experts to reflect on the dramatic events of 2014 and to share their predictions for Russia's future and for its role on the global stage going forward.
29.12.2014

2014: Russia’s New Military Doctrine Tells It All

As one of his final acts in 2014, President Putin signed on December 26 the country’s new military doctrine. The new doctrine makes it clear that even if the West is not officially an adversary, it is a powerful competitor and a bitter rival, a source of most of military risks and threats.
15.12.2014

The End of Consensus: What Does Europe Want From Russia?

Many in Russia believe that the EU sanctions appeared as a result of the Ukrainian conflict and pressure from Washington. In fact, the reasons for the current deterioration in Russia’s relations with Europe are far more profound. But this does not mean that another—European—front in Russia’s confrontation with the West has now been opened.
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