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    How Can the United States Support Democracies in the Former USSR?

    Kenneth Yalowitz, William Courtney

    Sep 16, 2019

    The National Interest

    The West has only modest capacity to influence circumstances in most post-Soviet countries. In Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia and Moldova, however, the West has the potential to make a real difference by supporting civil society and improved governance.

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  • Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, France's President Francois Hollande, and Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko at peace talks in Minsk, February 11, 2015
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    The Next European Flashpoints

    Ian Bond, Denis Corboy, William Courtney , Kenneth Yalowitz

    Feb 17, 2015

    The National Interest

    The West's most pressing task is to help Ukraine defend itself and survive economic catastrophe. But the West also needs a broader strategy to discourage future Russian coercion of neighbors, help them protect themselves, and counter President Vladimir Putin's false narrative about Western intentions and lack of political will.

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