The Crimean Crisis and the Middle East

March 03, 2014

Assad and Iran might turn out to be the biggest winners of the Ukraine crisis. The Russian intervention in Crimea is more direct and dramatic than the one in Syria, with actual troops deployed. But there are similarities. One of the little-noted rationales of Russian support for the Ba'ath...

Fair Observer: Best of the Month

February 28, 2014

Fair Observer's five best articles of February. February has been a month of tumult. After much bloodshed, Ukraine got rid of its oppressive president. The country is close to economic collapse and the situation in Crimea is volatile to say the least. Russian President Vladimir Putin is...

Ukraine’s Crisis Explained

February 26, 2014

Why the EU and Russia are both keen on winning over Ukraine. Background The recent wave of protests in Ukraine began when the government suspended preparations to sign the European Union’s (EU) proposed trade and partnership agreement in November 2013. The bill would have brought Ukraine...

Make Sense of the World: Weekly Report

December 17, 2013

Fair Observer's extended report of the week's events. This week, the world remembered Mahatma Gandhi’s heir. Nelson Mandela was a man for all ages. He combined courage with compassion to lead South Africa to a new beginning....

Ukraine Protests: A View from the Frontline

December 15, 2013

As the political standoff in Kiev continues, a woman in the protest movement explains her hopes and fears for the future. In early October, I visited Kiev for the first time. During my stay, I observed the tensions at the heart of this complex state that straddles the borders between very...

Make Sense of the World: Weekly Roundup

December 09, 2013

Fair Observer's roundup of the week's events. This week Nelson Mandela died. As the world mourns the great man, Fair Observer takes a close look at his life and times. He has long been an inspiration to our entire team and we rededicate...

Make Sense of the World: Weekly Report

December 09, 2013

Fair Observer's extended report of the week's events. This week Nelson Mandela died. As the world mourns the great man, Fair Observer takes a close look at his life and times. He has long been an inspiration to our entire team and we...