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U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland traveled to Moscow on May 18 and met with Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov. Their meeting provoked speculation that Moscow and Washington may be reaching a compromise over Ukraine, however slowly (YURIY KIRNICHNY/AFP/Getty Images)

An Inkling of Progress in Talks Over Ukraine

High-level meetings this week in Moscow suggest Washington might be flexible on its demands over the Minsk agreement. Read more…

Similar to the conflict in Ukraine, a flurry of diplomatic initiatives to end hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh will be complicated by the Russia-West standoff for the former Soviet periphery. (VAHRAM BAGHDASARYAN/SERGEY VOLSKIY/AFP/Getty Images)

In Nagorno-Karabakh, Another Manageable Crisis

Diplomacy does not ensure progress in settling conflicts in the former Soviet periphery, especially when the crises benefit those involved. Read more…

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Examining the Evidence of Russia's Involvement in a Malaysia Airlines Crash

Satellite imagery obtained by Stratfor pinpoints the location of a Buk surface-to-air missile system just hours before Flight MH17 was shot down. Read more…