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  • Originally published 06/20/2014

    Russia’s sacred land

    Peter Turchin

    To understand Crimea, we need an evolutionary theory of national honour. It’s irrational and deadly – but it works.

  • Originally published 05/13/2014

    What If historian Timothy Snyder is Wrong About Ukraine?

    Jim Sleeper

    While Snyder is surely right to remind us that most Ukrainian nationalists aren’t fascists, as Putin claims, that doesn’t make them as democratic and freedom-loving as Snyder keeps telling us.

  • Originally published 05/07/2014

    The Abuse of History in the Ukrainian Crisis

    Marco Siddi

    By invoking inflammatory slogans like “Putin is Hitler” and “Ukrainians are fascists”, both Russian and western leaders distort the realities of 21st Century Ukraine.

  • Originally published 04/28/2014

    Seeds of Discord in Ukraine

    Scott Reynolds Nelson

    Yes, Ukraine is rife with ethnic and nationalist frictions. But underlying its strife are its wheat fields.

  • Originally published 04/08/2014

    Putin, Man of Mystery? Hardly.

    Mark D. Steinberg

    Putin often speaks quite openly of his motives and values—and opinion polls suggest he is strongly in sync with widespread popular sentiments.

  • Originally published 03/27/2014

    Ready for World War III?

    Murray Polner

    Remember Winston Churchill's key to Russian action: Russian national interest.

  • Originally published 03/25/2014

    Russia's Kosovo-Crimea Analogy is Ridiculous

    Christopher P. Whitaker

    Russia justifies its annexation of Crimea by pointing to NATO intervention in Kosovo. But the Kosovo War came after years of international buildup, and Kosovo wasn't annexed by another country immediately afterward.

  • Originally published 03/18/2014

    We Should Keep Out of Ukraine

    William R. Polk

    Russia has a historic and strategic interest in Ukraine, and short of nuclear war there's nothing the United States can do to keep them out.

  • Originally published 03/16/2014

    Why the West Can’t Save Ukraine

    Michael H. Creswell

    In this entire affair, there has been just one big surprise: that the U.S. and West Europe failed to see the obvious.

  • Originally published 03/14/2014

    Flirting with Fascists

    Zoltán Grossman

    In Ukraine, the enemy of your enemy is not always your friend.

  • Originally published 03/12/2014

    The Double Standards of Crimean Cold-War Diplomacy

    Cynthia V. Hooper

    Though Russia's case against the new Ukrainian government is self-serving and full of holes, the toppling of Yanukovych was not a simple story of democracy vs. tyranny.

  • Originally published 03/11/2014

    Why Poland Cares So Much About Ukraine

    Padraic Kenney

    For the first time in modern history, Poland does not face an existential threat from Russia. But that doesn't mean Poles have forgotten.

  • Originally published 03/04/2014

    Crimea, the Tinderbox

    Charles E. King

    The United States, Russia, and Europe all have interests in forestalling a civil war in Ukraine.

  • Originally published 02/26/2013

    Crimean War cemetery uncovered

    The din of machinery mingled with the echo of the 19th century Crimean War when an excavator bucket stumbled upon the yellowed remains of long-dead French soldiers at a construction site in a southern Ukrainian port city.The haunting find at Sebastopol's Cane Bay beach in December revealed the site of a large cemetery of French soldiers who died in the war against the Russian Empire during the 1854-1856 Crimean War. The discovery has highlighted how many bodies could still be lying under the ground from the brutal conflict where an alliance of Britain, France and the Ottoman Empire fought against Russia in what many see as one of the world's first modern conflicts....

  • Originally published 08/05/2014

    Money Talks - and Putin Can Afford to Compromise

    CHooper's Post-Soviet Futures Blog

    Western analysts waffle between portraying Putin as a leader so powerful even Russian billionaires are afraid to speak out against him, and a leader so constrained by the rabid anti-Ukraine, anti-U.S. sentiment he initially encouraged that he finds himself with limited ability to change course.  The truth is that his interests lie in compromise. 

  • Originally published 03/18/2014

    Crimea: Power on Display

    CHooper's Post-Soviet Futures Blog

    With Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to annex Crimea, we are witnessing a grand act of political theater.

  • Originally published 03/18/2014

    The Double Standards of Crimean Cold-War Diplomacy

    CHooper's Post-Soviet Futures Blog

    The regrettable tendency of U.S. leaders to immediately view the conflict in Ukraine in outdated Cold War terms succeeded only in squeezing out all room for Realpolitik diplomacy and now has led us to a point of crisis unimaginable just weeks ago.  CLICK HERE TO READ "The Double Standards of Crimean Cold-War Diplomacy"

  • Originally published 03/16/2014

    Not "Back in the USSR"

    CHooper's Post-Soviet Futures Blog

    Twenty years ago, when I was learning Russian one summer in St. Petersburg, I managed to lure both my best friend from college and my little sister from my local host family on a spontaneous and, in hindsight, somewhat ill-conceived trip to the middle of Siberia. -- Excerpt from our newest blogger, Cynthia Hooper.