Michael J. Sheldon

Research Assistant for Eurasia, Digital Forensic Research Lab

Digital Forensic Research Lab


Wed, Jun 29, 2016

It’s Time to Scrap the Minsk Agreement

Editor’s Note: On June 22, Ambassador John Herbst and David Kramer debated whether we should bury the Minsk agreement, the troubled ceasefire agreement in Ukraine, at an Atlantic Council event in Washington, DC. Their remarks have been adapted from the debate. The Minsk ceasefire agreement, signed February 15, 2015, by the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, […]

New Atlanticist by David J. Kramer

Germany OSCE

Wed, Apr 27, 2016

A New Attempt to Resolve the Ukraine Conflict

The diplomatic efforts of the West to find a political solution to the Ukraine conflict have reached an impasse. Implementation of the terms of the Minsk agreement—far-reaching autonomous rights for the Donbas in return for a withdrawal of Russian arms and troops, the holding of regional elections under international supervision, and Ukrainian control of the […]

UkraineAlert by Marieluise Beck and Ralf Fücks

OSCE Russia
T-64 tank with no marking in Snizhne, Ukraine, June 2014

Wed, Nov 12, 2014

NATO General Confirms More Russian Tanks Have Moved Into Ukraine

Nato has seen columns of Russian military equipment and Russian combat troops entering Ukraine this week, its top commander said.

NATOSource by BBC

SACEUR Gen. Philip Breedlove, Nov. 3, 2014

Tue, Nov 4, 2014

Russia Continues to Train and Equip Ukraine Rebels, NATO Official Says

Hundreds of Russian troops are still training and equipping separatists in Ukraine, NATO’s top military commander said Monday, activities that are heightening tensions with the West and Ukraine’s government

NATOSource by Michael R. Gordon Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Oct.17, 2014

Wed, Oct 29, 2014

Online Security Experts Link More Cyber Attacks to Russian Government

From Nicole Perlroth, New York Times:  For the second time in four months, researchers at a computer security company are connecting the Russian government to electronic espionage efforts around the world.

NATOSource by New York Times and Guardian

Cybersecurity Hungary
PHOTO:OSCE/Evgeniy Maloletka

Wed, Jul 23, 2014

Protecting Ukraine Means Supplementing the OSCE

International Diplomacy on the Russia-Ukraine War Has Been Dominated by Moscow As the international community works both to calm the Russian-Ukrainian conflict in southeast Ukraine and to assure a credible investigation of the Malaysian Airlines disaster there, the main body in that effort is the Organization for Security and Cooperation and Europe. But the OSCE […]

New Atlanticist by James Rupert

OSCE Russia

Tue, Jul 1, 2014

US Ambassador Discusses Ukraine Crisis, OSCE Role

Russian-backed militants in Ukraine have detained (and ultimately released) three varied teams monitoring the crisis there under the aegis of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Security threats to the monitors, including those detentions, are hampering the work of the OSCE in its role as the main international body observing and mediating in […]

UkraineAlert by Irena Chalupa

OSCE Security & Defense
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Jan. 22, 2014

Thu, Jun 12, 2014

Russia Acknowledges Sending Aid to Eastern Ukraine

Russia’s top diplomat on Wednesday acknowledged for the first time an official relationship with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, the same day that one of their top leaders made a surprise appearance in Moscow to whip up support for his cause.

NATOSource by Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post

OSCE Russia
Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland in Prague, Feb. 4, 2014

Thu, Apr 24, 2014

US Calls For Senior Russian Official to Help OSCE Negotiate Disarmament of Separatists in Ukraine

[W]e have not seen the kind of major de-escalation that we’re looking for, nor have we seen serious Russian efforts to help the OSCE, or to speak out against the separatists since Geneva.

NATOSource by Victoria Nuland, Department of State

OSCE Russia
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, February 1, 2014

Mon, Feb 3, 2014

NATO Secretary General Concerned About Russian Plans to Deploy Offensive Weapon Systems

I am convinced that the vision that we agreed in 2010 in Lisbon remains the right one: a true strategic partnership between NATO and Russia. But I am concerned that in key areas, we remain too far apart.

NATOSource by Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO

Belarus Europe & Eurasia