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...

The Dark Side of the Ukraine Revolt

March 06, 2014

Ukraine’s ultra-right-wing Svoboda party is no fringe organization. "The April 6 rally in Cherskasy, a city 100 miles southeast of Kiev, turned violent after six men took off their jackets to reveal T-shirts emblazoned with the words 'Beat the Kikes' and 'Svoboda,' the...

China Hedges its Bets on the Ukraine Crisis

March 03, 2014

China's autocrats are hoping for a Russian victory in Ukraine. As events unfold quickly in Ukraine, Russia's increasingly close ally China is hedging its bets on an uncertain outcome. China has been quick to condemn US and European involvement in Ukraine's affairs, but has withheld...

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...

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...