Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- March 28, 2017

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin © Reuters

Michael Crowley, Politico: The honeymoon's over for Trump and Putin

Washington and Moscow are trading sharp words over Russia's weekend political crackdown, civilian deaths in Iraq and the revival of U.S. sanctions touching Russian interests.

After months of overtures from President Donald Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Trump administration is trading harsh diplomatic words with Moscow, further dimming the prospects for a strategic alliance between the two countries.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer opened his Monday briefing by reading a statement saying the U.S. “strongly condemns” the detention of hundreds, including leading Putin critic Alexei Navalny, following a weekend crackdown on peaceful anti-corruption protests across Russia.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- March 28, 2017

The Myth of Putin -- Geopolitical Futures

What Russia's Latest Protests Mean for Putin -- Julia Ioffe, The Atlantic

Why Russian protests are making the Kremlin rethink 2018 presidential elections -- Fred Weir, CSM

Russia is the house that Vladimir Putin built – and he’ll never abandon it -- Dmitri Trenin, The Guardian

The Yellow Rubber Duck Is a Potent Protest Symbol -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

Russia and Iran's growing cooperation hints at a new Middle East -- Clément Therme, UPI

5 reasons to watch Rouhani’s visit to Russia -- Hamidreza Azizi, Al-Monitor

In the Middle East, Russia is reasserting its power -- The Economist

Stop Saying That Trump’s Plan to Fight ISIS Is the Same As Obama’s -- Joshua Keating, Slate

North Korea: Stronger Kim, but Weaker Kims? -- Rod Lyon, The Strategist

The Taliban's New Plan for Capturing Kunduz -- Franz J. Marty in The Diplomat

Will Hamas respond to assassination of military leader? -- Shlomi Eldar, Al-Monitor

Europe Prepares for Tough Brexit Negotiations -- Spiegel Online

Why Trump’s £300B NATO Invoice Never Happened -- Stefan Soesanto, RCD

OPEC Be Warned: Russia Prepares for Oil at $40 -- Ksenia Galouchko, Bloomberg

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