• 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 …

  • Political Analyst: Poroshenko's Presidency Won’t Last Into 2017

    Petro Poroshenko’s ratings as the current President of Ukraine will become critically low in the summer and autumn of 2016, according to one political analyst. As a result, he will be unable to hold on to his office.

    This forecast was made by Ruslan Bortnik, the head of the Ukrainian Institute for Analysis and Management of Politics, during the press conference with the news agency GolosUA.

    “Our president has only a year left. The same prediction has been made by his allies and the members of …

  • Federov: Annexation of Crimea has brought us into a new era

    Russian sociologist Valery Fedorov, head of the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (RPORC), compared President Vladimir Putin with Archimedes and called the President’s high ratings an important social fact. Fedorov said that Putin’s position only gets stronger as global crises develop.

    "We have more and more opponents around the world, oil is getting cheaper, the ruble is fading, but voters believe in the President, support him and think that he will lead us out of troubled times," said …