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Beyond Trump and the November elections: Is a coherent U.S. foreign policy possible?

2016 is a good year to be observing what people in the United States are saying about foreign policy. There are new and dangerous currents in U.S. politics which may affect foreign policy. To try…

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Ukraine Update: Renewal of sanctions, “progress”, and one-sided implementation of Minsk II Agreement (with full text in English)

“Diplomacy is the art of saying ‘Nice doggie’ until you can find a rock.” Will Rogers It is quite amazing how the ceasefire called for in the Minsk II Agreement of February 12, 2015 seems…



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Top articles on Putin, the Ukraine, and Russia

Check back for updates Some of the best articles by the Trenchant Observer on Putin, the Ukraine, and Russia include the following: (1) “Russian propaganda and Western reporters who can’t think: Putin’s great rise in…


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Russian propaganda and Western reporters who can’t think: Putin’s great rise in popularity, as revealed by polls

They say that robots or software robots can prepare news to be distributed much like a newspaper does. Evidence is mounting that robots or robot-like reporters are already filing reports for leading newspapers, and making…


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Minsk II Agreement of February 12, 2015 (with full texts in English and Russian)

Updated, revised and corrected on February 13, 2014 (Originally published on February 12, 2015) The Telegraph has published the full English text of the Minsk II accord of February 12, 2015 The text is found…