June 11, 2014

Why Has Putin Stopped Saber-Rattling?

Georgy Bovt, Moscow Times

The Associated Press

Putin has dropped the ultra-patriotic hyperbole that justified Crimea's annexation when speaking about eastern Ukraine, but Russian are unlikely to call him on his inconsistency.

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TAGGED: Vladimir Putin, Russia, Ukraine


Mr. Putin’s proxies are tightening their grip over Luhansk and the adjacent province of Donetsk in fighting that has steadily escalated since Mr. Poroshenko’s election. Yet Mr. Putin not only has paid no price for the... more ››
June 8, 2014
Why Was Putin Invited to Normandy?
Masha Gessen, Washington Post
Vladimir Putin should not have been in Normandy, or anywhere where he might be treated like a legitimate world leader — but French President François Hollande invited him, and other Western leaders lacked either the... more ››
June 6, 2014
No, Putin Did Not 'Blink' in Ukraine
Stephen Walt, Foreign Policy
Who's winning the battle for Ukraine? Despite continued signs of trouble in Ukraine's eastern provinces, some pretty prominent people have recently offered a decidedly upbeat interpretation of events there. The first was U.S.... more ››
June 9, 2014
The One Man Who Stands Against Putin
Jackson Diehl, Washington Post
Ilya Ponomarev offers an eminently sensible critique of Vladi­mir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine from a pro-Russian point of view. Ukraine and Russia, he says, are inextricably bound by culture and history, but by launching a ... more ››
June 5, 2014
Putin Opens Eurasian Pandora's Box
Corboy, Courtney & Yalowitz, TNI
Just over a century ago, Sir Halford Mackinder, the father of geopolitics, posited that the power that controls Eurasia controls the world. Not all agree, but what began as a popular uprising in Kyiv will have far-reaching... more ››