Moscow TV Threatening Stability of Post-Soviet States, Mitrokhin Says

Apr 9th, 2014 | By

Paul Goble Staunton, April 9 – Russia has dispatched a large number of marginal even extremist nationalists to Ukraine to whip up nationalist sentiment among ethnic Russians there, but these groups have succeeded only because of the destructive role that Russian television is playing among Russian speakers there and elsewhere, according to Nikolay Mitrokhin. In…

Putin’s Attack On East Ukraine Began Today: What This Means For Europe And The US

Apr 8th, 2014 | By

Paul Roderick Gregory Vladimir Putin had to act before the Ukrainian presidential election of May 25, at which time his narrative of neo-Nazis and nationalist extremists in charge of Ukraine would vanish into thin air.  Even Putin’s genius spin meisters could not portray a President Poroshenko from ex-boxer Klitschko’s UDAR party as a wild eyed extremist,…

Russian Elites and People Never Accepted Demise of USSR, Shelin Says

Apr 2nd, 2014 | By

Paul Goble Staunton, April 2 – Neither Russian elites nor the Russian people accepted the demise of the USSR and occasionally signaled that throughout the Yeltsin period, according to commentator Sergey Shelin, but in every case, the West preferred not to take notice of that reality and only now with Vladimir Putin’s actions is being…

The Limits of Soft Power

Apr 1st, 2014 | By

Michael Cecire | April 1, 2014 The Russian invasion of Ukraine has already punctured much of the prevailing foreign-policy thinking that had become pro forma in Washington and Europe. In particular, the notion that Western unilateral disarmament can somehow be balanced or compensated for with less tangible forms of influence—soft power—has much to answer for…

When Sanctions are Not Enough

Mar 31st, 2014 | By

BY WILLIAM B. TAYLOR, JOHN E. HERBST, STEVEN PIFER March 31, 2014 If NATO wants to stanch Russian adventurism in Eastern Europe, it needs a comprehensive security plan (and fast). It should be clear now that the West has a Russian security problem. Twice in the last six years, the Kremlin has seized territory in…

Window on Eurasia: Has Putin Decided on a New Period of ‘Phony War’?

Mar 29th, 2014 | By

Paul Goble Staunton, March 29 – Many have drawn parallels between what Vladimir Putin is doing and how the West is reacting with the Cold War or with the appeasement policies of Munich. But now that Putin has carried out the Crimean Anschluss, a far better analogy for today may be to “the phony war”…

Vladimir Putin and the Lessons of 1938

Mar 17th, 2014 | By

He’s not Hitler. But we’ve got to stop him all the same. t’s been a busy few weeks for Vladimir Putin. In the last month, the Russian president has hosted the Olympic Games, invaded a neighboring country and massed troops along its border. Back in Moscow, the Kremlin has cranked up the volume of hysterical…

From Stalin to Putin – the story of Ukraine

Mar 9th, 2014 | By

Says the mouse to the man as it’s trapped in his hand:
“I’m not in your house but you’re here on our land.
I fear not your size, and I fear not your might,
And the harder you squeeze me, the harder I’ll bite!”

Window on Eurasia: Proposed Law to Allow Russia to Expand Could Lead to Its Destruction, Murtazin Says

Mar 1st, 2014 | By

Paul Goble Staunton, March 1 – A bill being pushed in the Russian Duma to allow Russia to “absorb and form new subjects,” one that promotes the idea that local referenda can trump international agreements, could backfire on the country and even lead to its destruction, according to a Moscow commentator. Writing on the Kasparov.ru…

How Ukraine Destroyed the Myth of Russia’s Great Power

Feb 25th, 2014 | By

JAN TECHAU TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2014 No matter how the crisis engulfing Ukraine plays out, it has already produced one result that is probably more important than anything else: it has destroyed the myth of Russian strength. Over the past decade, Russian President Vladimir Putin has tried to convince both the world and his fellow…