Category - U.S.-Russia

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Horse trading in Sochi

Horse trading in Sochi Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (13 May 2019) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s trip to Sochi, Russia (05/14/2019) to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and President Vladimir Putin to discuss what the State Department identified as the “full range of bilateral and multilateral challenges” comes at a time of when global instability touches practically every continent. The agenda is packed with security and geopolitical issues of global concerns...

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Diplomacy never in Trump’s Playbook on Venezuela

Diplomacy never in Trump’s Playbook on Venezuela Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (03/25/2019) — From the very outset of President Donald Trump’s Administration it became evident that diplomacy was not in the new U.S. president’s tool box. It was patently clear that the Trump Administration would conduct foreign affairs contrary to widely accepted diplomatic norms. President Trump showed no interest in the State Department and diplomatic statecraft. Coercion and force would be...

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What’s next for Venezuela – Trump v. Putin in the Americas

What’s next for Venezuela – Trump v. Putin in the Americas Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (27 Dec. 2018) — The Trump administration’s relentless economic and political pressure on Venezuela government over the past two years is rattling Nicolás Maduro’s regime. Despite his braggadocio – putting on a brave face – Maduro is feeling the pressure. He is extremely worried that Trump will take or engineer some form of military action to remove him from power. Trump’s bellicose...

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Setting the Stage for U.S. Geostrategic Agenda

Setting the Stage for U.S. Geostrategic Agenda Ambassador Curtis A. Ward United States president Donald Trump faces a plethora of geopolitical and geosecurity issues with a new and untested foreign policy team – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser, Ambassador John Bolton. Both share common cause with President Trump on limiting the use of diplomacy in settling world affairs.  They project the use of military power as a means to advance U.S. interests abroad.  It is...

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United States, North Korea, and Russia – Putin the Common Denominator

United States, North Korea, and Russia – Putin the Common Denominator Ambassador Curtis A. Ward There is a common element in United States-North Korea relations that is being overlooked. Sometimes, finding answers to otherwise puzzling questions evades us unless we broaden the scope of our thinking – outside of the box. What appears far-fetched may not be so improbable after all. New developments in U.S.-North Korea relations suggest the possibility that Russian president Vladimir Putin may...