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Ariel Cohen

Articles by Ariel Cohen

Nemtsov Memorial Poster Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

ARIEL COHEN: Boris Nemtsov’s murder — the tip of Vladimir Putin’s iceberg

The murder of my good friend Boris Nemtsov is a personal tragedy. When we met for lunch in Tel Aviv a few months ago, I warned him not to return to Moscow. Posters and ads denouncing him as a "national traitor" had been plastered all over the city's Novy Arbat Avenue and on the Internet. Published March 4, 2015

Illustration on Putin and Russia's increasingly belligerent position in the world by Paul Tong/Tribune Content Agency

COHEN: Putin’s Valdai folly

On Oct. 24, Vladimir Putin delivered his annual Valdai Club speech, providing a unique peek into his geopolitical soul. Published October 30, 2014

Dmitry Rogozin, Russia's ambassador to NATO, speaks during a news conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels. The blunt-spoken ambassador, laid out Russia's position: While the U.S. still has nuclear weapons abroad, "We have already withdrawn all the tactical nuclear weapons of Russia back home," from the territories of former East European allies and ex-Soviet republics. (Associated Press)

COHEN: Russian ‘reset’ malfunction

The recent Russian threats to cease crucial cooperation with the United States and statements by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Rogozin, Russia's special representative for missile defense cooperation with NATO, raised hackles in Washington. Mr. Putin called the United States a "parasite" on the body of the global economy, while Mr. Rogozin claimed that U.S. senators told him U.S. missile defense is aimed at his country. Published August 9, 2011

Illustration by John Camejo for The Washington Times

COHEN & NICHOLSON: Azerbaijan’s Afghan contribution

America has sacrificed a lot fighting the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan - but we are not alone. The United States and our NATO allies are getting help from places many Americans can't find on the map. Published July 29, 2011

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (above right) meets with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and the Security Council (unseen) in Sochi on Aug. 26. At right: Missiles and tanks are on display during a weapons fair in Moscow on Aug. 20. During his two terms as president, Mr. Putin reportedly felt frustrated in the goal of modernizing and streamlining the Russian military, which will be undertaken with increased funding over the next three years.

COHEN: Libya exposes Russian rifts

Barack Obama's "reset" with Russia is looking flimsy in the wake of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's vitriolic reaction to events in Libya last week. Published March 31, 2011

Illustration by Kal, The Economist, London, England

COHEN: Russia’s repression

The new Congress was sworn in just last week, but events far away - in Russia - already are causing members to vent their ire. For one, Russian police detained Boris Nemtsov, one of the leaders of the Russian opposition, during a rally in defense of the freedom of assembly, on Triumfalnaya Square in Moscow on the last day of 2010. Published January 13, 2011

Illustration: Russian arms by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

COHEN: Russia bears down

Last week, Col. Gen. Alexander Zelin, commander of the Russian air force, announced that Moscow had deployed a state-of-the-art S-300 (SA-20 Favorit variant) long-range air-defense system in Abkhazia, a region of the Republic of Georgia that Russia has occupied since the August 2008 war. Published August 19, 2010

Congressional caucus agenda

Sept. 23, Congress launched the bipartisan Congressional Russia Caucus, chaired by Rep. Tom Price, Georgia Republican, and Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich, Ohio Democrat. It couldn't be timelier, coming on the heels of the administration's unrequited concessions to Russia in numerous areas: missile defense, strategic arms talks and the sale of Russian arms to Iran and Venezuela. Published October 11, 2009

Mr. Obama goes to Moscow

President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev agreed in principle Monday to cut their countries' nuclear weapons stockpiles below 1,700 each within seven years of obtaining approval of a new arms treaty. Tuesday, Mr. Obama will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Published July 7, 2009

COHEN: Russia’s commodities strategy

The economic glitterati have descended on Russia's "second capital." President Dmitry Medvedev, vice premiers and ministers, CEOs of Intel, Nissan, Coca-Cola and other Forbes 500 companies, and oligarchs are rubbing shoulders with superstar pundits such as Thomas L. Friedman and Nuriel Rubini. All have flocked to the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Published June 9, 2009

COHEN: Peace undivided in Jerusalem?

Will the decades-long alliance between the United States and Israel fall victim to the Obama administration's naive quest for instant peace in the Middle East? Published May 18, 2009

COHEN: Turkey’s dangerous shift

After attending three summits - of the Group of 20 richest countries, NATO and the European Union - President Obama ended his European trip in Turkey. His messages there highlight the importance Washington attaches to this regional player bridging Europe and Asia, a veteran NATO ally, and an influential Muslim country. Published April 10, 2009

COHEN: Reversing habit of ‘legal nihilism’

President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will meet Wednesday on the sidelines at the Group of 20 summit. Ironically, that's one day after the trial of former Russian oilman Mikhail Khodorkovsky opens in Moscow. This trial symbolizes the deterioration of the rule of law in Russia. Published April 1, 2009

COHEN: No ‘reset’ on Russia yet

Vice President Joe Biden suggested at the Munich international security conference Feb. 7 that America push "the reset button" on relations with Russia. The Obama administration, however, shouldn't allow Moscow to pocket gains it has recently made in Eurasia. A "carrots-and-cakes" approach to the Kremlin won't work. Published February 20, 2009

COHEN: Russia’s gas war

Despite feverish negotiations with participation of the European Union, Russia and Ukraine failed to agree on resolution of the gas dispute between them. Mutual disdain escalated haggling and acrimony between leaders in Moscow and Kiev to hysterical pitch. Published January 13, 2009