Putin’s End Game in Crimea

March 15, 2014

The Crimean referendum highlights the differences in strategy between the West and Russia. As Crimea's referendum on March 16 dawns, tensions in Simferopol begin to escalate. Russian troops, whose presence has become increasingly intimidating over the past week, have made attempts to...

Can Erdogan Live with a European Kidney?

February 24, 2014

With domestic issues at play, Turkey has an eye on the EU. Germany’s new foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who replaced Guido Westerwelle following the 2013 general elections, is famous for having donated one of his kidneys to his wife in 2010. His sacrifice attests a noble devotion...

Five Misconceptions About US Cyber Espionage

November 05, 2013

While evidence of US spying is clear, the interpretations are full of misconceptions. The evidence is clear; thanks to former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden’s meticulous gathering of largely uncontested documents before his effective defection from his employer and...

Fair Observer: Best of the Month

October 31, 2013

Fair Observer's five best articles of October. The US has long seen itself as “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” The Statue of Liberty has long been an icon that has defined the country.  Yes, there are warts in this myth. The Native Americans were...

Europe, A House Divided

July 05, 2012

Northern European strength is not infinite and neither is its patience, reflects Shashank Khare as Germany reacts to recent political developments The market has given two thumbs up to the European summit concluded last week. Those of a cheerful and optimistic nature have argued that this is the...

The Twilight of the Berlin Consensus

July 02, 2012

Europe's course is slowly changing in the wake of the EU summit, with Germany agreeing to stimulus instead of austerity. The politics of Eurozone crisis-management have reached an inflection point. The Berlin consensus that served as the guiding principle is giving way to a new center of...