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The Backstory: 25 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall

November 10, 2014
Former Washington Post Moscow Bureau Chief and current New York Times White House Correspondent Peter Baker reflects on the fall of the wall in 1989 and the current state of the East/West divide. As Baker argues, the wall is now virtual and has shifted east to Ukraine where "divisions we thought were ending 25 years ago have reared their head again." As tensions rise between the United States and Russia over Ukraine, are we seeing a new Cold War emerge?
Vladimir Putin
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Putin Winning the Battle But Losing the War, Polish Envoy Says

October 21, 2014
Indira Lakshmanan | Bloomberg News
Russian President Vladimir Putin may have the upper hand in the Ukraine conflict now, but he’ll pay a price for his actions in time, “destroying his own personal reputation and Russia’s,” Poland’s ambassador to Washington said.

NATO Summit & U.S. Strategy to Combat ISIL and Contain Ukraine-Russia Crisis

September 5, 2014
Ukraine-Russia Crisis, U.S. Strategy Against ISIL After Another Journalist Killed
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NATO Approves New Reaction Force for Eastern Europe

September 5, 2014
Helene Cooper, Steven Erlanger and Stephen Castle | The New York Times
NATO on Friday approved plans for a 4,000-person rapid reaction force headquartered in eastern Europe, aimed at reassuring members near Russia unnerved by its military actions in the Ukraine conflict that the principle of collective defense remains sacrosanct.
Russian President Vladimir Putin
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U.S. and Europe Are Struggling With Response to a Bold Russia

September 3, 2014
Peter Baker, Steven Erlanger | The New York Times
American and European officials are struggling to devise a response as Russia bears down on Ukraine, searching for new measures that will have more impact than the economic sanctions imposed so far, without risking major damage to their own industries or a military escalation that could spiral out of control.
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Surveillance Flights Over Syria Does Not Imply Imminent Airstrikes

August 29, 2014
Martha Raddatz | ABC News
ABC News' Martha Raddatz discusses President Obama's remarks on military plans in Ukraine, Syria and Iraq.
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Russian Convoys in Ukraine; Hostage Journalists in Syria & Remembering James Jeffords

August 22, 2014
On the Webcast Extra, Bloomberg's Indira Lakshmanan reports on Russian convoys rolling into Ukraine.  Some call it "invasion," while others call it "humanitarian relief."  Plus, the state of journalists abducted in Syria, Bank of America's record billion dollar mortgage settlement and remembering Sen. James Jeffords who single-handedly changed control of the Senate in 2001. 

Congress: Action & Inaction; Israel-Gaza, Ukraine And U.S. Diplomacy

August 1, 2014
Congress tries to make moves; Israel-Gaza, Ukraine and U.S. Diplomacy
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Coordinated Sanctions Aim at Russia’s Ability to Tap Its Oil Reserves

July 30, 2014
Peter Baker, Alan Cowell, James Kanter | The New York Times
The United States and Europe kicked off a joint effort on Tuesday intended to curb Russia’s long-term ability to develop new oil resources, taking aim at the Kremlin’s premier source of wealth and power in retaliation for its intervention in Ukraine.
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