Tag: Crimea

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 […]

Crimean war

It is sometimes instructive to learn a bit of history to reflect on current events because if we do not learn from history, we are bound to repeat the tragic history of useless wars.  This came to me as I read about the escalating situation in Ukraine, where the US […]

Russia is back

The date March 1, 2014 has already entered the annals of history, simply because that day marks the formal recognition of something that had already been going on for several years – the post-Soviet period has come to an end, the unipolar world is now a thing of the past, […]