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The Mechanics of NATO's Collective Self-Defense

The North Atlantic Treaty sets the stage for collective self-defense, but intended weaknesses in the language of the treaty and the procedural mechanics behind it cause intervention to be defined by individual interests.

Kiev's Independence Square is seen looking through an EU flag in March 2014. (YURIY DYACHYSHYN/AFP/Getty Images)

Divisions Will Delay an EU Decision on Russia Sanctions

Differing needs and interests among EU member states are leading to disagreement on whether to continue sanctioning Russia.

Ukrainian soldiers sit on an armored vehicle south of Donetsk on July 9, 2014. (Alvaro Ybarra Zavala/Getty Images)

U.S.: Considering Lethal Aid to Ukraine

U.S. attempts to pressure Russia to end hostilities in eastern Ukraine risk provoking an escalation.