Politics

How to Beat Down a Bully

Aug 18th, 2014 | By

There’s only one way to stop Putin’s ugly new doctrine of irregular intervention — hit back even harder. By Jefferey A. Stacey, John Herbst August 16, 2014 The international community is at long last beginning to take a strong stand against Moscow’s aggression in eastern Ukraine. There is solid evidence indicating not only that Malaysia…


Thoughts from Kyiv – 14.08.2014

Aug 15th, 2014 | By

Thoughts from Kyiv is brought to you by Mychailo Wynnyckyj, Associate Professor of the Department of Sociology and Kyiv-Mohyla Business School, Director of the Doctoral School, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”. Below are his thoughts and writings on the situation in Ukraine. “Putin has monkeys in his head!” “No he doesn’t – they’re mushrooms!” This…


Protest – London 21 July 2014, Whitehall – Stop Russian Terrorism

Jul 22nd, 2014 | By

Passers by and members of the public were reminded that the murderous Russian terrorists financed and supported by President Putin were responsible for the MH17 tragedy and that it was his missile that was shot down an innocent civilian plane.


Thoughts on Putin – 15 July 2014

Jul 15th, 2014 | By

I’ve spent the past week in Canada visiting my elderly parents. Other than having to deal with jet lag, I’ve also experienced a degree of culture shock: for the average Canadian, the situation in Ukraine is very distant indeed. For Ukrainian-Canadians who I would classify as intellectuals, the ongoing war in the Donbas is more…


Carl Bildt on European Security

Jun 26th, 2014 | By

The 21st century might well turn out to be very different from what we dreamt of in the golden decades immediately after the momentous changes that happened a quarter of a century ago. It certainly was not the end of history.


Senator Markey Introduces Legislation to Boost Ukrainian Energy Independence

Jun 6th, 2014 | By

Senator Markey’s legislation would double the amount of resources U.S. government agencies are currently expending to help the Ukrainian energy sector, including the State Department, USAID, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the Export-Import Bank, and the US Trade and Development Agency.


Ukrainians in London protested against France supporting Russia

Jun 2nd, 2014 | By

Sunday, 1 June 2014 from 2.00 pm: Ukrainians in London protested against the government deal that will see France supply Russia with two Mistral warships, and President Hollande’s invitation to his counterpart President Putin to attend the D-Day commemorations


Shakeup Highlights Putin’s Internal Challenges

May 15th, 2014 | By

Wednesday 14 May 2014 by Andrew Monaghan The Ukraine crisis, the escalating tension between Russia and the West and Putin’s rising popularity dominate the media narratives about Russia in the West. At the same time there are important developments taking place that some Russian commentators suggest may be a prelude to wider changes in how…


Responding to Putin’s Latest Ruse

May 9th, 2014 | By

Friday 9 May 2014 by James Nixey, Head, Russia and Eurasia Programme The West should not be fooled by Vladimir Putin’s so-called U-turn over Ukraine. To respond, Western governments need to be clear about both Russian motives and perceptions and their own vested interests. Much is being read into Vladimir Putin’s latest move, following his…


How Putin Is Reinventing Warfare

May 7th, 2014 | By

Though some deride Russia for backward thinking, Putin’s strategy in Ukraine betrays a nuanced understanding of 21st century geopolitics. Peter Pomerantsev May 5, 2014 The Kremlin, according to Barack Obama, is stuck in the “old ways,” trapped in Cold War or even 19th century mindsets. But look closer at the Kremlin’s actions during the crisis…