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L. Todd Wood

L. Todd Wood

L. Todd Wood, a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, flew special operations helicopters supporting SEAL Team 6, Delta Force and others. After leaving the military, he pursued his other passion, finance, spending 18 years on Wall Street trading emerging market debt, and later, writing. The first of his many thrillers is "Currency." Todd is a contributor to Fox Business, Newsmax TV, Moscow Times, the New York Post, the National Review, Zero Hedge and others. For more information about L. Todd Wood, visit LToddWood.com.

Articles by L. Todd Wood

A Ukrainian serviceman patrols the area near the division line with separatists in Marinka, near Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Friday, June 5, 2015. As fears persist that eastern Ukraine is about to fall back into full-scale war, a leader of the international monitoring group is urgently calling for resumed negotiations. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Is Putin preparing for all-out war in Ukraine?

If I lived in the port city of Mariupol, I'd be moving. The front lines of the conflict between Ukrainian troops and the pro-Russian separatists are only a few miles away. Published June 5, 2015

The odd circumstance of Kaliningrad

In August of last year, as Russian troops kept getting "lost" in Ukraine, the government of Canada produced a map showing Russia in red, and Ukraine in blue, labeled "Not Russia," in a snarky attempt to call, in their words, "an invasion an invasion." Published June 1, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting of the Security Council in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, May 29, 2015.  Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Thursday to make losses of Russian troops who are on "special operations" in peacetime,  a state secret. (Alexei Nikolsky/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Give up your seat for pregnant women, please

Recently, the Moscow Metro celebrated its 80th birthday and the city government put on a big show. In a cool, hipster idea, the audio announcements that play automatically on the subway were changed to the voices of famous Russian actors and actresses. I have to admit, it was a nice touch. The metro in Moscow is stunningly efficient and over-the-top beautiful--a most pleasurable experience for someone used to the grind and filth of the New York subway. Published May 29, 2015

White House press secretary Josh Earnest listens to a question about former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Questions ranged from the Islamic State to Mrs. Clinton's emails to Ukraine. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

... For Ukraine is not a country

Throughout the ages, Ukraine has been controlled by one power or another, such as the Russians, Poles, Germans, or the Turks. Published May 25, 2015

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin speaks at a concert marking the 80th birthday anniversary of Russia's first president, Boris Yeltsin, in Moscow, Tuesday, Feb. 1 , 2011. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Pool)

Russia still angry about Serbia

The West frequently asks itself, "Why is Russian President Vladimir Putin so popular? He has harmed their economy. He has stifled the free press. He has destroyed the political opposition. We don't get it." Published May 22, 2015

Workers decorate a New Year tree, in front of the St. Sophia Cathedral in central Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. New Year is widely celebrated as the most popular holiday in Ukraine with the Orhodox Christmas being celebrated on Jan. 7. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

Vacation in Ukraine, seriously

With investments, wine or travel, I like finding interesting deals, things that no one else wants. Kiev is a wonderful city Published May 18, 2015

Gen. George S. Patton Jr., left, commander of the U.S. 15th Army, and his chief of staff, Maj. Gen. H.R. Gay, right, are pictured in an undated photo. (AP Photo) ** FILE **

If you want to arm Ukraine, arm it with economic progress

In a rare moment of agreement with the Obama administration, I have never been in the camp that says the United States should overtly provide offensive arms to the Ukrainian government in its fight with Russia. Published May 15, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with FIFA President Sepp Blatter in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Monday, April 20, 2015. (Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Back the truck up for Russian assets

If there is one thing I learned during my time on Wall Street, it is to buy something when no one else wants it. Right now, Russia is that something. Published April 20, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin, second left, flanked by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, left, and Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov, third left, visits the National Defense Control Center in Moscow, Russia, Friday, April 17, 2015. (Alexei Nikolsky/ RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin's end game

From the beginning of Vladimir Putin's reign, the West has been slow to recognize or admit the Russian president's long-term intentions. Western leaders have underestimated him willingly at every turn. Published April 17, 2015

Israeli officials said the decision by Russian President Vladimir Putin to allow the missile system sale was a clear sign that Tehran is already cashing in on a tentative nuclear deal with world powers, a deal that includes an easing of sanctions on the Iranian economy and faces a deadline of the end of June for a final deal. (Associated Press)

Russia-Iran Axis? Reset indeed

The lifting of the Russian internal ban on selling the S-300 missile system to Iran is a really big deal. Iranian possession of such a highly sophisticated and deadly weapon will completely change the Middle Eastern chessboard when it comes to the Iranian nuclear negotiations. Published April 14, 2015