April 29, 2014

The Sanctions Illusion

Fred Kaplan, Slate

The Associated Press

Sanctions are a time-honored technique for punishing a leader who’s misbehaved, or deterring him from misbehaving further. The problem is, they're usually not very successful.

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April 29, 2014
U.S. Opts for Weak Sanctions Against Russia
George Friedman, Stratfor
Placing effective sanctions on a country such as Russia is much more complicated than placing them on countries like Iran or the Central African Republic because the Russians have potential military responses. They also have the... more ››
Why sanctions could backfire on the U.S. more ››
April 19, 2014
The World According to Putin
The Guardian
President Vladimir Putin does not like Bolsheviks. Stalin was among those who divided up the Russian lands in stupid ways in the 1920s, Khrushchev inexplicably incorporated Crimea into Ukraine in the 1950s, and Gorbachev took the... more ››
April 21, 2014
Putin's Insidious Allies in the EU
Paul Hockenos, Boston Review
Logically, the crisis in Ukraine and Russia’s de facto annexation of Crimea should make every European fortunate enough to live in the European Union (EU) extraordinarily grateful. The kind of geopolitical jockeying,... more ››
April 20, 2014
Vladimir Putin's Totally Badass Year
David Rothkopf, Foreign Policy
Try and tell me the Russian president isn't winning … for now. more ››