I have long thought that this conflict can be worked out in theory, with Russia and most people in eastern Ukraine getting nearly all of what they want and Ukraine getting nearly all of what it desperately needs economically. But the conflict is not just about Russia, Novorossiya and Ukraine. There are other players, unfortunately.
|By: DSWright Wednesday August 27, 2014 8:54 am|
In response to the crisis in Ukraine – partly caused by US/EU actions – NATO will be moving forces east to countries bordering Russia in a move sure to upset Moscow. NATO officials also said they would be helping boost the capability of the Ukrainian military to fight separatists in East Ukraine making the proxy war between Russia and the US/EU all but official.
|By: Attaturk Wednesday August 27, 2014 1:30 am|
And engage in appeasement.
|By: DSWright Friday August 22, 2014 10:09 am|
A Russian aid convoy has now entered East Ukraine as part of a tenuous deal between Russia and the government in Kiev to provide humanitarian assistance to the war torn area. Part of the deal was that Red Cross aid workers would be part of the convoys but the Red Cross backed out of the convoy leading Valentyn Nalyvaychenko, the head of Ukraine’s security service, to label the crossing of the Russian convoy an invasion of Ukraine.
The Red Cross says it backed out of the convoy deal because it did not feel its people could be safe.
|By: DSWright Wednesday August 20, 2014 6:49 am|
The police riots in Ferguson, Missouri are causing a headache for more than just local and state politicians. Not only has the federal government felt compelled to get involved in hopes of quelling the outrage, but US diplomats overseas are going to have a more difficult time convincing the rest of the world that America is a credible authority on the rule of law and human rights with armored vehicles storming the streets and heavily equipped police officers arresting journalists.
|By: DSWright Tuesday August 12, 2014 12:15 pm|
The government in Kiev is denying permission for a Russian aid convoy to enter Ukraine and stating that any aid must be turned over at the Russia-Ukrainian border. The convoy is reportedly carrying aid for war torn East Ukraine where pro-Russian separatists and forces loyal to Kiev have been battling for months leading to numerous civilian casualties and strains on infrastructure.
|By: DSWright Thursday August 7, 2014 6:59 am|
NATO announced on Wednesday that it was concerned that 20,000 Russian combat troops gathering on the Ukraine-Russia border were going to cross into Ukraine. NATO speculated that the troops would enter the country as peacekeepers to stop attacks on East Ukraine by West Ukraine forces.
|By: DSWright Wednesday July 30, 2014 7:49 am|
Though the US government helped overthrow the elected government in Ukraine and is arming forces in Kiev, it can not make the economic sanctions against Russia work. The primary problem lies with Europe which has little to no interest in cutting off its energy supply from Russia, but another problem is America itself which has actually increased sales to Russia since sanctions were imposed. That’s called failing.
|By: Peter Van Buren Wednesday July 16, 2014 8:52 am|
In the world of spying in general, and especially when you’re spying on allied nations, Rule No. 1 is “Don’t Get Caught.” Rule No. 2 is “Make Sure the Juice is Worth the Squeeze.” The U.S. broke both rules, several times, in Germany. For what?
|By: Steve Horn Tuesday July 1, 2014 4:50 pm|
At a June 19 speaking event at London’s Chatham House, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) secretary-general Anders Fogh Rasmussen claimed the Russian government is covertly working to discredit hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in the west from afar.