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Ukraine summit on October 2 with Putin in Paris: Remember who you are talking to

See Benoît Vitkine, “Un sommet sur l’Ukraine à Paris dans l’ombre de la Syrie, Le Monde, le 1 Octobre 2015 (à 10h53 – Mis à jour le 01.10.2015 à 16h16). On Friday, October 2, Francois…


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The last international lawyer, or so it seemed

It was a curious time, when the world fell apart and no one noticed. Ideas and institutions that men had died to defend no longer seemed important. The experience of two world wars in the…


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Obama-Putin meeting at UN: The resurgence of pacifism and appeasement toward Putin and Russia in Europe and the U.S.

See Julia Smirnova, “Die wundersame Rückkehr des Wladimir Putin In der New Yorker UN-Woche drängt Putin ins Zentrum der Weltbühne. Durch die aktive Rolle im Syrienkonflikt hofft der Kreml-Chef auf seine Rehabilitierung. Warum er auf…


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The Iran nuclear deal: Has Barack Obama earned his Nobel Peace Prize? (Revised August 18)

See Roger Cohen, “The Door to Iran Opens,” New York Times, July 16, 2015. David Ignatius, “After the nuclear deal, how to contain Iran’s meddling in the Middle East,” Washington Post, July 16, 2015. David…



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The great flaw in the Iran nuclear deal: The U.S. says it is not legally binding

Developing See Felicia Schwartz, “Iran Nuclear Deal, If Reached, Wouldn’t Be ‘Legally Binding,’ Kerry Says; But an Iran deal would have enforcement mechanisms, the secretary of state says,” Wall Street Journal, March 11, 2015 (Updated…





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Ukraine Crisis Timelines (2014-2015)

It is important to understand the unfolding of events during the ongoing Russian invasion of the Ukraine and military occupation of part of its territory (Crimea, Donbas). To understand Putin’s military aggression, and the slowness…