• Uncontrolled enclave near the borders of Ukraine: Is it the only way to solve the problem of the Donbas?

    Author: Dmytro Snegiryov, Head of Prava Sprava public initiative.

    Despite the fact that the parties to the armed conflict in the Donbas - Ukraine, ORDLO (separatists-held territories), and Russia - recognize the inefficiency of the Minsk Agreements, and the lack of prospects from the beginning, neither party offers another format, knowing perfectly well that it awaits the same fate.

    At the time, the representative of Ukraine to the political subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group on the …

  • Destabilizing factor: Why Russia needs the separatist-held territories of eastern Ukraine

    Author: Dmytro Snegiryov, Head of Prava Sprava public initiative.

    Moscow has the return of the separatists controlled territories of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions back to the jurisdiction of Ukraine on its agenda, but only under Russian conditions. Right now Russia does not need a large-scale attack by the separatist troops in the Donbas or the escalation of hostilities.

    The intention of the Russian Federation is to create a zone of a permanent social and military tension within Ukraine by …

  • The Kremlin's decision to recognize 'passports' issued in the separatists republics is another attempt of Russia to destabilize the situation in Ukraine

    Author: Dmytro Snegiryov, Head of Prava Sprava public initiative.

    The temporary recognition of passports issued by the separatist republics is being used by Russia to exert political pressure specifically on Ukraine and not on our Western partners. By stressing the temporary character of the recognition of these documents, Putin is trying to accuse Ukraine of violating its commitments laid out in the Minsk Agreements: the elections, an all-inclusive amnesty, and a special status for these …

  • The Tug of War over the Soul of America: Processing the 2016 Presidential results; One man’s Take

    Author:Yakasah Wehyee

    There is no question that this year’s presidential election is a consequential phenomenon that will compel the social sciences to revisit their understanding of human motivation and behavior. Many around the country and indeed the world, are asking, how did political science get everything so wrong in the 2016 election? Others are pleased with the results and rejoice conspicuously, or not. Yet there remains a part of our collective family that fear the uncertainty of the …

  • Expert: Trump is ready to share Syria with the Kremlin

    The Director of the Center for Analysis of Middle East Conflicts at the Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Alexander Shumilin, stated in an interview with Rosbalt that John Kerry’s mission will probably fail. The U.S. Secretary of State is trying to reach new agreements with Russia on Aleppo in the remaining month and a half before the withdrawal of the current U.S. administration.

    “Everything that Kerry attempts to do today is being undertaken merely …