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In the coming months, the fate of Ukraine's pro-West measures will depend on the choices made by its new government under Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman. (GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)

In Ukraine, the Cycle of Uncertainty Churns On

A short lull in political infighting will not end the risk of early elections, which could threaten Kiev's pro-West government. Read more…

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his foreign affairs minister, Sergei Lavrov, await a meeting with France's foreign minister on April 19. In its negotiations with the West, Russia balances conciliatory gestures with stern demands. (KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia's Carrot-and-Stick Strategy

The first NATO-Russia Council meeting in almost two years went 90 minutes over its allotted time and produced next to nothing. Read more…

New Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman in parliament on April 13 before his appointment. (GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)

In Ukraine, a Pause in Political Infighting

Despite the temporary calm, the government will have a hard time implementing reforms and weathering the Russia-West rivalry. Read more…