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Blogging is dead, they said. 
How wrong they were.
Medium is the most accessible way for writers to get paid for their work. Simply sign up, start writing, and get paid on their Partner Program.
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Perhaps the best thing? You can write about whatever you please. Of course, some topics do better than others. For true virality, focus on money, self-improvement, programming, and politics, but you can go viral with anything. Medium is great like that.
Here are the ins and outs of the format. By the end of this article, you’ll understand how to make $500+ writing on Medium in 2021.
Twitter co-founder Ev Williams created Medium in 2012. Medium, to give you a definition, is essentially Instagram for bloggers without all the superficiality. You can follow writers, create your own profile, and post blogs that your followers can then see on their home page. No–you don’t post pictures, just blogs.
Between then and 2017, Medium changed its logo a few times and gradually implemented the tools writers use every day, such as private notes and responses. In 2017, Medium also implemented their “Partner Program,” which allows writers to get paid based on how many people read their articles.
For a while, Medium based its pay on how many claps writers earned. Claps are basically the equivalent of a Facebook-like for the uninitiated. That’s thankfully changed (as I’ll explain later).
The site then focused on its in-house publications such as Forge, OneZero, and Gen. From there, Medium drafted journalists to help grow the platform and give it a more professional image. However, they’ve since ditched that tactic and are putting the focus back on you, the writer.
Now that’s all well and good, but how does it work?
To start, I strongly advise you to pay the $4.99 membership fee, as it means you can write and read as many articles as you want on Medium. The way writers get paid through the subscription fees readers pay to Medium.
Think of it like Netflix. Imagine that if you watched your favorite shows on Netflix, the creators of those shows would get a portion of your membership fee. That doesn’t happen in real life on Netflix, but that’s exactly how it works on Medium.
When people read your articles, you get a portion of the $4.99 they pay to Medium.
Once you’ve paid the membership fee, go ahead and sign up for the partner program. You’ll need to fill in basic details such as your name and address and, depending on where you live, a tax form.
Medium pays its writers through Stripe, usually on the 12th of the following month. Unfortunately, if your country doesn’t have a tax arrangement with the USA, then Medium may withhold a % of your earnings.
Once you’ve done that, go ahead and write your story. Once it’s good to go, you can make it eligible for payment through a checkbox just before you publish. It’s all reasonably straightforward.
This locks your story, as is shown with a small star underneath the title. This means that only Medium members can read it.
This is all great, but how much do you get paid per article? I hear you cry. Well, it varies.
No writer knows the proper workings of Medium’s algorithm. It’s changed a lot over the years. However, we do know the following:
I’m sure Medium will tweak with the algorithm now and then, but that appears to be the gist of it in 2021.
Putting an article behind a paywall is all well and good, but you won’t earn $500+ if no one reads it. That’s where publications come in.
Medium has over 12,000 publications, all of which have a following you can utilize. There are some with 100 followers and some with 700,000, focusing on nearly every topic you can think of.
This is what Medium does so well – you don’t need to have a legion of followers from another site to start making money. Instead, you can use the following publications have at their disposal. And as we know by now, the more paying members who read your work, the more money you’ll make.
While publications are a great way to make a name for yourself on Medium, the site appears to be leaning away from them. Some partnered publications, such as the vast P.S I Love You, received funding from Medium. Unfortunately, Medium has cut that funding, and PSILY’s last day will be June 30th, 2021.
But this is good news for you. Instead of publications, Medium is putting a focus on individual writers such as you and me. This makes it easier for you to start earning money sooner.
With Medium’s move toward helping its writers, it’s more important than ever to make your profile stand out.
You can create a logo, design your header, and choose a font for your words.
Medium wants its writer’s profiles to feel like individual blogs. It’s working, as the new format is much more professional-looking than before.
On your profile, you’ll see how many followers you have, and if you click on the ‘about’ button, how many ‘top writer’ (top 50 writers in self-improvement, for example) tags you have.
Don’t forget the basics, however. Upload a clear, friendly profile picture and an approachable bio.
If you scroll through any of the Medium Facebook support groups, it won’t take you long to find someone asking, “What is curation?” or “What do the words ‘chosen for further distribution mean?” Allow me to explain.
When your article gets curated or ‘chosen for further distribution,’ it means Medium’s curators have decided your article is worthy of more widespread promotion.
Medium actually has a global team of curators who work around the clock looking at all the most recently published articles on the platform. If they read your article and think it’s worthy of further promotion, they will “curate” it and spread it around on Medium’s homepage.
Medium will also push your article to readers interested in the tags it’s been curated in. For example, if your work is curated in creativity, readers who follow that tag are more likely to see your article on their homepage or the Daily Digest email.
In recent times, Medium has moved away from the emphasis on curation. Just last year, writers would receive an email telling them which tags their article had been curated in. Now, the only way to know is through your article’s stats page. If the words ‘chosen for further distribution’ are under the title, then congratulations, you’ve been curated.
But how do you get curated?
Well, Medium has strict guidelines you must follow:
In short, while curation isn’t essential to earning good money on Medium anymore, it’s still crucial you follow the guidelines, especially when starting.
I’ll be honest – you aren’t going to earn $500 in your first month unless you already have a following elsewhere, are a perfect writer, and have a lot of luck. While it’s true you can earn lots of money on Medium (one writer made $50,000 in one month last year), results won’t be immediate.
But if you persevere, they will be inevitable.
At the start of your journey, don’t worry about how well your articles are performing. Just churn out the next one and the next. You get the idea.
As you progress, your stats will show you which topics your readers resonate with the most. Double down on the most popular ones.
Above all, though, readers love a good story. You could give the most generic advice ever, but if it’s wrapped within a fascinating anecdote, your readers will appreciate it more. From there, you can get the algorithm to work in your favor.
And remember – more paying members who read your work = more money in your pocket.
I’ve covered a lot in this piece, but there are a few little things worth mentioning:
Only 5% of Medium’s writers earn over $100 a month. Yikes. But don’t let that put you off.
While it may feel frustrating to begin with, I promise you earning $500+ is 100% possible. It boils down to three things:
That’s it. You don’t need to be a world-class author or a renowned journalist to make money through writing anymore. You just need a $5 subscription and a bit of patience.
Note: You can follow Tom on Medium or his personal website where he drops advice on blogging, investing, and self-improvement.
Tom is a blogger on Medium who mostly writes about self-improvement, traveling, investing, and creativity. He has over 50,000 followers on Medium and has been writing there since 2016.
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How I Earn $200000+a Year from Photography – PetaPixel

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It’s kind of a crazy thing: I believe you can stay true to your roots, values, and ethics, and also get rich. In this post, I’ll share some of the secrets of how I earn over $200,000 a year as a “photographer.”

I earn the bulk of my income through teaching workshops. The secret is to charge more money for workshops. I think workshops are great for photographers because nowadays people want to spend money on experiences and people want to learn.
A lot of photographers like to complain that the Internet has messed up the photo industry, that nowadays “everyone is a photographer.” I say f**k that, everyone is a photographer. Your mom with her iPhone is a photographer. We’ve got several billion photographers in the world, and anyone with a smartphone camera is a photographer.
To me, this is a massive opportunity.
In a future world where 7 billion people own a camera, you are going to have several billion people wanting to learn how to make better photos. And there are a lot of really rich people who want to learn how to make better photos.
And there are a lot of rich people who want experiences. They don’t care about spending a bunch of money on an expensive camera — they want to travel, meet other passionate people, and to also learn from photographers they admire.
I have monetized my photography by teaching workshops, selling products via my brand HAPTIC INDUSTRIES, and also through Amazon affiliate links (which earns around $600 to $1,000 a month as of 2017) — so if someone buys a photo book through my recommendation, or whenever anyone buys anything on Amazon through my link, I get a 3% commission. So someone can click an Amazon link on my site and buy baby diapers, and I get a 2-3% commission on that.

I used to want everyone to attend my workshops, because of course as a self-interested human being, I want to make more money to better myself and my family. But I soon learned that it’s better to not want everyone to attend your workshops, and not want people to buy your products.
The reason is simple: you only need a very small percentage of your audience or followers (lets say 1%) to buy your stuff or attend your workshops.
For example, let’s say I have 90,000 Facebook fans. 1% of that audience is 900 individuals. Perhaps half of those people will actually buy something, or attend a workshop. But that is still massive.
But honestly, if you want to make a living from your passion (let’s say photography) you might only need only $40,000 a year to make a living (and not a killing). So for me in the past, I only needed 50 people to attend a workshop to earn about $40,000 a year.
So just think to yourself: you only need 50 dedicated followers to attend your workshop, or buy your (expensive) products to make a living.
The biggest tip I have for making a lot of money and getting rich is having a thrifty/economical partner. My wife Cindy taught me to save money and not to go out and buy Leicas.
I have a personal rule: if I want to spend more than $300 on anything, I need Cindy’s explicit permission. I know I can’t trust myself, and it has worked very well so far.
So a secret to getting “rich” (financially) is to reduce your expenses. The only reason Cindy and I have been able to accumulate more than $100,000 in savings is because we spend very little money on ourselves.
I started my blog in 2011 with 0 followers and 0 page views, and 0 social media followers. It takes a long time to build up an audience.
To build up an audience from 0, I wrote 1 street photography tips article every Monday, every Wednesday I interviewed 1 photographer, and every Friday I shared photos from the social media community. After about a year of constant blogging 3 times a week, I was able to build a small, yet dedicated audience.

Now, I have disabled all of my pageview trackers and whatnot on my blog. This is because I get emotional with numbers: the days my pageviews go up, I feel high. The days it goes down, I feel like s**t. So I just realized the simple solution was to disable my stats and pageviews. Now, I follow my own gut, and feel liberated.
I also recommend you to start your own blog, and to own your own platform, the only way to get discovered by others on Google. And no, I do not pay Google to appear high on search results. The only way to rank high in Google is to write really useful stuff, and the more people who link to your site, the higher your site ranks in Google (like how academic papers work).
Also a secret: I’ve written over 2,600 blog posts from 2011 through 2017. That helps too.
Another lesson: social media is overrated. 90% of my audience discovers me through Google, not Facebook or Instagram. So while I recommend that it’s good to have a “social media presence”, only focus 10% of your attention on that. For the other 90%, focus on blogging, finding clients, and figuring out ways to actually make money.
And not only that, don’t waste time focusing on “marketing” yourself — just make great art. The quality of your own art and photos will be the best marketing for yourself.
Also, I do think it is a good idea to start your own YouTube channel. It is free marketing for yourself (and I recommend not putting on ads on YouTube, as it’s annoying and it will deter people from watching your videos and learning more about your message, ethics, and morals).
I make YouTube videos that are fun to me. I have intentionally turned off ads on my YouTube, because I hate ads. I think it is better to have people watch your videos on YouTube (without ads), and learn how to trust you and then eventually buy your products or attend your workshop, rather than to just earn a few dollars here and there.
My crazy ambition is to create a trillion dollars worth of “value” in the photography world. I want to own the #1 photography website on the Internet. I therefore know in order to do that, I don’t want put paywalls on the information on my site. To me, an open system is always better than a closed one. This is why I believe in “open source photography” and have even made a free photography boot camp.

“Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.”
You can make your own luck. The more you swing the bat, the more likely you are to hit a home run. The sad reality is, if you are never given opportunity, you can never have the opportunity to make a lot of money and also become the best version of yourself.
You can hustle f**king hard and still not become financially “successful.”
I got very lucky. I started my blog when nothing much was being written on street photography. In the course of 6 years (2011 to 2017), I was able to become #2 on Google for “street photography” because I’ve written a lot of articles on street photography (especially my “Learn From the Masters of Street Photography” series) and from my free photography ebooks.
The biggest principle I believe in is this: it is better to give away your stuff for free or to charge a lot of money for it. My buddy Nassim Taleb calls this the “Barbell Theory.”
So for example, I give away all the information on my website for free, but I charge a LOT of money for a workshop experience or HAPTIC PRODUCT.
Many individuals make the mistake of trying to “nickel and dime you” for every little thing. Avoid charging a “medium” price or a “moderate” price on anything.
I actually predict that the future is going to be polarized. Either everything will be free (for the masses) or really expensive (for the rich). If you look at society, the middle class is dying. 50 years from now (if capitalism keeps marching forward) there will only be really poor people (subsidized) or really rich people (those who control the “means of production”).
Consider the fact that you can buy a $10 bag on Amazon or a $100,000 Hermes handbag. Or you can have a smartphone camera on your iPhone or spend $10,000 on a digital Leica camera.
The future is going to be luxury goods or free.

There is going to be a death of the photographic middle class. Those photographers just charging “medium” prices will die off.
You will have a future with $100 medium format digital cameras that everyone can afford. 18-year-old kids will shoot weddings for $500. And they will be damn good. And poor people will pay that. And the rich will spend $50,0000 on a wedding or commercial/fashion/editorial shoot.
Ultimately, the most important thing is to have a hustler’s mentality. To have supreme confidence in yourself (almost to the point of radical foolishness). If you want to innovate and make a living from your passion, you need to be a little crazy.
When I lost my cozy $40,000 a year job in 2011 and decided to pursue photography full-time through blogging, everyone thought I was crazy. But I am so grateful to then-girlfriend Cindy and my mom for believing in me. And my friend Kevin McKenzie for telling me that he would do everything to help support me.
You cannot control whether you will become rich or even “succeed,” but you can control how hard you hustle. When you are looking into the dark pit of despair, believe in yourself. You can do it. Not only that, but never stop hustling. If you really want to make a living from your passion, it will likely be f**king hard. You will not see the back of your eyelids for at least a year or two. I know for myself, when I first lost my job in 2011, I worked 12 to 14 hours a day. I used this time to make photos, blog, make videos, send emails, build connections, and trying to figure out ways to make money.
Even now in 2017, I have doubled down on my hustle. The other day I woke up at 5:30am, and drank 5-6 cups of (Vietnamese) coffee, and crashed at around 5:30pm. I worked essentially non-stop with the hope of creating information that will empower my followers.
This is why I live: I believe in you, and you can really change society and the world, as well as earn your freedom through owning your own business.
Money isn’t going to buy you happiness, but in today’s world, it will buy you (some) freedom.
I know for me, being broke sucked. I grew up poor as a 12-year-old kid. Now that I am rich(er), I can be more generous helping friends, family, and helping give back to society by keeping my information open and free.
You might wonder, why did Eric write this article? Is it for more pageviews, for more people to buy his products, and “free” marketing for his workshops?
Yes.
No, but seriously, the reason I wrote this is to encourage you and say that with enough hustle (and a touch of luck) you can earn (more) than $200,000 a year from your passion. If I can do it, you can do it too, and even better than me.
About the author: Eric Kim is an international street photographer. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. You can find more of Eric’s photography and writing on his website and blog. This post was also published here.
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Returning online buys to Amazon, Walmart and your favorite brands causes problems – CNET

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Returns burn fuel and might end up in the dump. They also lose companies money, which is prompting changes.
A US postal worker prepares to deliver packages on Cyber Monday in 2021. E-commerce buys have a return rate up to five times higher than goods bought in stores.
Record online shopping this holiday season has fueled another record for e-commerce companies: returned goods.
Prompted by a clogged supply chain, millions of shoppers began browsing Amazon, Walmart and other online retailers even before Black Friday, when holiday discounts traditionally start. Cooped up at home because of the pandemic, people didn’t stop clicking. Online sales reached $205 billion in the US, according to Adobe, a new holiday season high. 
Not all of those purchases worked out. Not having been able to see or try products, many people shipped those gifts, as well as their own online purchases, back to retailers. The process creates headaches for companies, which have to sort and store the items and decide if they have any resale value. Returns also take a toll on the environment, requiring additional fossil fuel to ship and creating tons of trash.
Returns are a normal part of retail. Clothes don’t fit, appliances have manufacturing flaws or shoppers just change their minds. Schlep that janky blender back to the big box store and a refund to your credit card is usually quick and simple. 
Online shopping has turbocharged the process because consumers often plan to return some of the goods they buy. That’s especially true of clothing, which shoppers buy in multiple sizes to try on as they might in a dressing room. The mindset contributes to an estimated return rate for online purchases that’s as much as five times higher than for brick-and-mortar purchases, according to Optoro, a company that manages returns for online retailers. Holiday returns this year are projected to hit $120 billion, Optoro says. 
UPS expects to handle more than 60 million holiday returns this season. In a survey, more than one in four people told the carrier they planned to make a return over the holidays. One in five said they’d already done so before Christmas.
Retail giant Walmart, bespoke women’s suit maker Koviem and other companies that want to reduce waste have invested in online tools designed to help you find the right size without trying clothes on. Additionally, some companies track customers who make a great deal of returns, potentially banning them from returning purchases if they cross a certain threshold. Finally, some companies have even found it’s easier to let you keep the item along with your refund in order to save on resources. 
The bottom line is that even though allowing returns can increase customer loyalty, companies don’t want returns to eat up too much of their holiday revenues, said Audrey Guskey, a marketing professor who teaches consumer behavior at Duquesne University.
“They really feel like it’s money in their pocket,” she said.
To handle returns, companies run their fulfillment process in reverse. It isn’t as efficient as getting goods to customers in the first place, says Tamar Makov, a researcher at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev’s business management school. One reason is that companies haven’t invested in the returns process to the same degree they have for deliveries of your purchases. Sorting through them is also a hassle.
“Unlike products that come from a factory, returned products are not homogeneous, and vary in terms of condition, packaging, tags, or even how long consumers held onto them,” Makov said in an email.
Retailers simply dispose of low-cost items if that’s cheaper than reselling them, Makov says. An Amazon facility in the UK sent returned items to a “destruction zone” that disposed of millions of items in a year, according to ITV News. (Amazon has said it tries to donate or recycle goods.)
Optoro estimates that about 5.8 billion pounds of goods returned to all retailers in the US end up in the landfill in a year.
A return ending up in the dump is an environmental worst-case scenario. Trashed items require even more fuel for transportation because they make the additional trip from a return facility to the dump. Rather than reselling your item, the retailer will send a new item to another shopper, meaning more resources consumed. If a retailer sends your return to overseas recyclers, reclaiming the materials can release harmful chemicals.
You can reduce the environmental impact of your return by taking it back in person if there’s a store near you. Of course, that isn’t always an option. 
A more effective approach is to reduce the number of returns you need to make. Retailers are trying to help.
Companies like Gap and Walmart are investing in software that helps shoppers find the right fit so they won’t “bracket,” the industry term for buying the same item in multiple sizes and returning what doesn’t fit. The practice is standard, with 58% of shoppers saying they’ve done it, according to a 2021 poll conducted by e-commerce customer service company Narvar. That number has grown from 40% in 2017.
Services like Drapr, acquired last year by Gap, let you create 3D avatars to see how a piece of clothing is likely to look on your body. Zeekit, acquired last year by Walmart, also lets you upload a photo or choose a model that looks like you to see how clothes fit (Walmart said it’s still building the service for its shoppers). Alternatively, algorithms like Fit Predictor and True Fit estimate what size you should order based on personal information, your order history or your size from another retailer. Koviem, the women’s suit maker, uses software from 3DLook that lets customers see how their made-to-measure suit will look on them.
More customers are also finding that a company will offer a refund without asking them to send a low-cost item back. AlixPartners, a management consulting firm, estimates retailers will refund $4.4 billion in goods without getting anything back from customers for purchases from 2021. One such company that allows a “return” with no actual return is Jockey, which confirmed its customer service workers can approve this type of refund.
“We trust their real-time judgment when helping customers,” said Jockey spokesperson Matthew Waller.
If you find yourself with such a returnless refund, you can give it to a friend or family member or offer it up on a free items exchange like FreeCycle or Buy Nothing. You might also consider donating it. 

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Editor’s note: Moscow’s buildup of troops on and near Ukraine’s borders and bellicose rhetoric have raised the prospect of a major conventional war in Europe. The phone call today between US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin underscores the dangers of this Kremlin-manufactured crisis. Below is a statement by twenty-five distinguished experts and former senior officials offering their ideas on how to deter Moscow from escalating its current war of aggression against Ukraine and more broadly to discourage Moscow from future provocations. The statement represents the views of the signatories and not of their institutions.
Since President Biden’s virtual summit with President Putin on December 7, Russia has increased its troop presence on or near Ukraine’s borders. Having created this crisis, the Kremlin has demanded security guarantees for Russia that the United States and its allies cannot possibly provide. It has made provocative statements at high levels, including outlandish claims that US private military contractors intend to launch a chemical weapons attack in eastern Ukraine. Moscow wrongly asserts that NATO enlargement has created a military threat to Russia; the Alliance has fully abided by its commitments in the NATO-Russia Founding Act to refrain from deploying nuclear weapons or permanently stationing substantial combat forces on the territory of new member states, despite the fact that Russia has violated many of its own Founding Act commitments, as well as the UN Charter, the Helsinki Final Act, the Paris Charter, and the Budapest Memorandum.
In short, Moscow appears to be setting the stage for launching a major conventional assault on Ukraine, even though the United States and NATO have shown a willingness to sit down and discuss Kremlin concerns.
We believe the United States should, in closest consultation with its NATO allies and with Ukraine, take immediate steps to affect the Kremlin’s cost-benefit calculations before the Russian leadership opts for further military escalation. This means raising the costs that would ensue should the Russian military launch a new assault on Ukraine, building on the excellent set of measures the Biden administration has already laid out: enacting punishing sanctions on Moscow, sending major military supplies to Ukraine, and strengthening NATO’s force posture on its eastern flank.
The administration should continue its good work with the European Union and other partners to ensure agreement on the elements of a response to any Russian assault on Ukraine, regardless of the extent or form of Russia’s escalation. Such a response would include a package of major and painful sanctions that would be applied immediately if Russia assaults Ukraine. Ideally, the outline of these sanctions would be communicated now to Moscow, so that the Kremlin has a clear understanding of the magnitude of the economic hit it will face. In particular, Washington should consult with Berlin and secure German agreement that it would prevent Nord Stream 2 from going into operation in the event of a Russian attack, making clear that otherwise the administration will not again waive sanctions on the pipeline.
The most important thing that the West can do now is to enhance the deterrent strength of Ukraine’s armed forces by providing military assistance and equipment on an expedited basis. For the Kremlin, a large invasion of Ukraine works only if Russian forces are able to seize and hold Ukrainian territory without sustaining significant and constant casualties. Western countries should act now to equip Ukraine’s military and territorial defense units with additional capabilities that can impose such costs.
Western military officials should consult urgently with their Ukrainian counterparts as to what assistance and equipment the Ukrainian military needs and could most quickly integrate into its operations to bolster its defensive strength. Such assistance might include additional Javelin anti-armor missiles and Q36 counter-battery radar systems as well as Stinger and other anti-aircraft missiles. The Biden administration should also encourage NATO allies to do more to enhance Ukraine’s defensive capabilities, making clear that the entire NATO Alliance stands together in opposing Russian aggression.
We believe that NATO should act now to begin bolstering its military presence on its eastern flank and communicating to Moscow that Russia’s escalation would bring a substantial number of US and Allied forces and a permanent presence in the Baltic states and Black Sea region. NATO should also signal to Moscow that any additional deployments could be reconsidered if/when the current crisis abates.
The West should also widen its political counteroffensive to retake the initiative from Moscow as it tries to use the threat of force to intimidate Ukraine, Europe, and the United States into acquiescing to its demands, many of which are plainly unjustified and unacceptable. The Biden administration should seek a Group of Seven (G7) statement at the head of state level condemning Moscow’s threat of wider war against Ukraine and work with allies and partners to use other fora, including the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and possibly the United Nations, to highlight the unacceptability of Russian military action and coercive threats.
The Biden administration should consult with NATO, the European Union, Ukraine, and key allies such as Poland on extensive preparations for dealing with the humanitarian crisis that a major Russian invasion would create.
Finally, the United States and its allies should continue to make clear their readiness for dialogue with Russia, to include concerns of NATO and other parties about Russian military and other aggressive activities. They have indicated that some elements in the Russia-proposed US-Russia treaty and NATO-Russia agreement may offer a basis for discussion and possible negotiation. The United States and NATO should make clear to the Kremlin that it must de-escalate the threatening military situation around Ukraine before there can be any substantive negotiation, and any negotiation must involve all parties whose security interests will be affected. These issues cannot simply be resolved in a bilateral US-Russia channel. Moreover, any negotiation should be consistent with the principles agreed to by all NATO members, Russia, and Ukraine, such as those in the Helsinki Final Act and the Charter of Paris.
Signed,

Dr. Stephen Blank
Senior Fellow
Foreign Policy Research Institute
General Philip Breedlove, USAF ret.
17th Supreme Allied Commander Europe
Distinguished Professor, Sam Nunn School, Georgia Institute of Technology
Ian Brzezinski
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Europe and NATO Policy
Senior Fellow
Atlantic Council
Debra Cagan
Former US State and Defense Department official
Distinguished Energy Fellow
Transatlantic Leadership Network
General Wesley K. Clark
US Army (ret.)
12th Supreme Allied Commander, Europe
Senior Fellow, UCLA Burkle Center
Dr. Larry Diamond
Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Mosbacher Senior Fellow in Global Democracy
Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Stanford University
Ambassador Paula Dobriansky
Former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs
Vice Chair, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security
Atlantic Council
Senior Fellow, Harvard University Belfer Center
Dr. Evelyn Farkas
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia
Ambassador Daniel Fried
Former Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and US Ambassador to Poland
Weiser Family Distinguished Fellow
Atlantic Council
Dr. Francis Fukuyama
Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow
Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law
Director, Ford Dorsey Masters in International Policy
Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Stanford University
Melinda Haring
Deputy Director, Eurasia Center
Atlantic Council
John E. Herbst
Former US Ambassador to Ukraine and Uzbekistan
Senior Director, Eurasia Center
Atlantic Council
Lieutenant General (Ret.) Ben Hodges
Former Commander US Army Europe
Dr. Donald N. Jensen
Director, Russia and Strategic Stability
United States Institute of Peace
Dr. Andrea Kendall-Taylor
Former Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Russia and Eurasia
Senior Fellow and Director, Transatlantic Security Program
Center for a New American Security
Ambassador John Kornblum
Former US Ambassador to Germany
Senior Adviser (Non-resident), Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program
Center for Strategic International Studies
Robert McConnell
Former Assistant Attorney General, US Department of Justice
Director External Relations, US-Ukraine’s Foundation’s Friends of Ukraine Network (FOUN)
Ambassador Michael McFaul
Former US Ambassador to Russia
Director, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Stanford University
Ambassador Steven Pifer
Former US Ambassador to Ukraine
Willian Perry Fellow
Stanford University
Herman Pirchner, Jr.
President
American Foreign Policy Council
John Sipher
Former Officer and Chief of Station, CIA Clandestine Service
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Eurasia Center
Atlantic Council
Strobe Talbott
Former Deputy Secretary of State
Distinguished Fellow
The Brookings Institution
Ambassador William Taylor
Former US Ambassador to Ukraine
Vice President for Strategic Stability and Security
United States Institute of Peace
Ambassador Alexander Vershbow
Former US Ambassador to Russia
Former Deputy Secretary General of NATO
Distinguished Fellow, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Eurasia Center
Atlantic Council
Ambassador Kurt Volker
Former US Ambassador to NATO and US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations
Distinguished Fellow
Center for European Policy Analysis
UkraineAlert Dec 11, 2021
By Peter Dickinson
One depressing aspect of Russia’s latest military build-up on the Ukrainian border has been the flurry of headlines posing the same question: will Putin invade Ukraine? In reality, Russia has already invaded Ukraine and the war is now in its eighth year.
UkraineAlert Dec 3, 2021
By Oleksii Reznikov
The international community must urgently demonstrate its resolve to punish Russia in order to deter a full-scale invasion of Ukraine that would plunge Europe into chaos, warns Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov.
UkraineAlert Dec 23, 2021
By Andriy Zagorodnyuk, Alina Frolova, Hans Petter Midtunn, Oleksii Pavliuchyk
Ukraine’s military has undergone a major transformation since the outbreak of hostilities with Russia in 2014 but the changes that have taken place are still not fully assessed or understood.
Institutional affiliations are for purposes of identification only. This post was updated on 1/5/2022 to include an additional signatory.
Related Experts: John E. Herbst, John Sipher, Daniel Fried, Alexander Vershbow, Ian Brzezinski, and Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky
Image: Russian grenade launcher operators take part in combat drills at the Kadamovsky range in the Rostov region, Russia December 14, 2021. REUTERS/Sergey Pivovarov
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