Regions / Ukraine
Events appear to be moving toward a political solution to the East-West standoff over Ukraine. But as Clausewitz once noted: “Against stupidity, no amount of planning will prevail.”
Ukraine is in the throes of a human rights crisis, with serious violations on both sides.
Obama’s foreign policy legacy will not be secured unless he addresses head-on the belief that we have the power to achieve our objectives by threats, intimidation, and coercion.
If Russia intensifies its presence in Ukraine, U.S. will face pressure from NATO allies to react.
To avoid the escalation in east-west tensions, both Putin and Obama need to view each other with a great deal more clarity and understanding.
Russia has come a long way from military operations in which casualties to civilians were of little concern.
At 65, NATO should get off its new meds and act its age. It’s time for downsizing and memoir-writing, not hanky-panky in the east.
Vladimir Putin has a point: the United States seems to have discovered international law only recently.
Sanctioning Russia may actually reduce its incentive to change course in Crimea.
The deadlock in the UN Security Council combined with Russia’s disregard for Western approval have the U.S. and its allies stymied.