Month: March 2014

Is the Crimean referendum legal?

On March 16 Crimea is to hold a referendum to define its fate. The decision has evoked an extremely nervous reaction in the West. US President Barack Obama said it violated international law but never adduced any legal arguments to support the statement.  The same applies to other statements on […]

Ukraine: a candid, in-depth discussion

Fighter jets are scrambling, tanks are rumbling, naval destroyer ships are entering dangerous territories, sanctions – diplomatic and economic – are flying, and leaders around the world are exchanging heated rhetoric. What in the world is happening in Ukraine? Here is a discussion with a perspective that is sadly missing […]

World War III over Ukraine, anyone?

It is essential that those working to damp down foreign crises understand the perspectives of the parties involved. This sounds obvious enough, but isn’t always the case. As Russia and the United States face off over Ukraine, this country’s political leaders embrace a narrative far different from what Russian President […]

The Bear Roars Back

Even during a confrontation approaching catastrophic war, leave it to Secretary of State John Kerry to lighten the mood with a touch of comedy gold. Lashing Russia for its troop surge into Crimea as a response to the latest color revolution in Kiev, America’s top diplomat pronounced with a straight […]

Vlad the Bad steals a march on the West

Soviet leader Josef Stalin used to shrug off critics by his favorite Central Asian saying: “The dogs bark; the caravan moves on.” Russia’s hard-eyed president, Vladimir Putin, is following the same strategy over Ukraine and Crimea. Putin swiftly moved his knight into the empty chess square of Crimea, thereby regaining […]

Putin Triumphs in Ukraine

There is an avalanche of information demonizing both Putin and Russia and painting them as aggressors. Aside from various statements by those who apparently still live, and live happily, in the Cold War, such as Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, Fox News analysts, and neoconservatives, there are those who […]