Putin Makes an Offer Trump Can’t Refuse

January 17, 2017

A mutual disregard for principled politics will unite Presidents Putin and Trump. Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin have one thing in common: they are both unburdened by principles. Trump’s election threatens to bring America down to Putin’s level where only self interest counts. They both...

Is Russia After the United States?

January 06, 2017

Is America wrong in branding Russia as its enemy? When the Cold War hatchet was buried following the fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union, it appeared that Russia and the United States may have found a way to peacefully coexist. However, in recent years,...

Guns Are Not the Way Out in Ukraine

March 05, 2015

Providing Ukraine with military support will be a mistake for the West. One year on from the start of the revolutionary Maidan protests in Kiev that led to the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovych and the subsequent annexation of Crimea, Ukraine is still between a rock and a hard place. In...

West Beats the Drum for War, While Russia Plays Games in Ukraine

February 04, 2015

Arming pro-Kiev forces would be a huge mistake, argues Adam Swain. In recent weeks, eastern Ukraine’s Russian-backed rebels have won several military victories on the battlefield in the Ukrainian Donbas. First, they captured the virtually destroyed Donetsk airport, then they pushed back the...

Still No Way Out in Ukraine

January 08, 2015

Fear and miscalculation are stalling the peace process in Ukraine. Betrayal is poison for any relationship, especially when it is used by those in the relationship to win over a third party. Thus, the crisis between Russia and the West was sparked by both sides’ willingness to violate...

Russia, Ukraine and World War Three (Part 1/2)

August 06, 2014

Does history repeat itself? A parody. The Third World War that broke out in September 2014 was not the result of a criminal conspiracy by Vladimir Putin and his oligarchs. The war trials held in Kiev in October 2021, which saw the conviction of Putin’s oligarchs, hid the victors’ share of...

The Tragedy of NATO

May 27, 2014

It is time for the European Union to take over the leadership of NATO. In the wake of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, for NATO — the venerable transatlantic military alliance — it is the best of times and the worst of times. The good news is there is an alliance around which the West has...

Crimea and the State of Secessionism

May 22, 2014

Recent events in Crimea are indicative of a larger phenomenon: the rise of independence movements by distinct identity groups across the globe. No one has any illusions regarding Russia’s frequent intrusions into its neighbors’ affairs. The Kremlin considers all post-Soviet states — with...

The Fallacies of Russia’s Apologists

April 02, 2014

There is simply no justification for Russia's invasion and annexation of Crimea. The erroneous rationalization offered for Russia's annexation of Crimea proceeds along one or more of the following lines: 1: The US, NATO and other Western governments left Vladimir Putin and Russia no...

Fair Observer: Best of the Month

March 31, 2014

Fair Observer's five best articles of March. This has been a historic month with ramifications that will reverberate throughout the rest of the century. Russia has annexed Crimea. That was to be expected. Russia spent blood and treasure to secure access to warm waters in the 19th century. It...

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