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What is Putin's Secret Weapon?

Roger Myerson | Posted 06.21.2014 | World
Roger Myerson

Surely Putin has long understood, better than anyone else, how a few calls and promises from the Kremlin could readily recruit many of these local leaders in eastern Ukraine to win their cooperation in organizing local residents for pro-Russian demonstrations. To an unappreciated provincial councilor who has gotten words of assurance that he or she would be warmly welcomed into Putin's party of power, the idea of secession from Ukraine into Russia could become quite appealing. No bags of cash would be needed.

Crimea Adopts Kremlin-Backed Constitution

Reuters | Posted 06.11.2014 | World

By Alissa de Carbonnel SIMFEROPOL, Crimea, April 11 (Reuters) - Crimean lawmakers adopted a new constitution on Friday, taking a...

Is Europe Worthy of Ukraine?

SLAVOJ ŽIŽEK | Posted 06.09.2014 | World
SLAVOJ ŽIŽEK

Yes, the Maidan protesters in Kiev's Independence Square were heroes, but the true fight begins now: the fight for what the new Ukraine will be. And this fight will be much tougher than the fight against Putin's intervention. The question is not if Ukraine is worthy of Europe, good enough to enter the EU -- but if today's Europe is worthy of the deepest aspirations of the Ukrainians. If Ukraine ends up as a mixture of ethnic fundamentalism and liberal capitalism, with oligarchs pulling the strings, it will be as European as Russia (or Hungary) is today.

Economic Cost Of Crimea Annexation Mounts For Russia

Reuters | Posted 05.26.2014 | World

By Lidia Kelly and Jeff Mason MOSCOW/BRUSSELS, March 26 (Reuters) - The economic impact of annexing Crimea from Ukraine c...

Ukraine and the EU: History is Not Destiny

Daniela Schwarzer | Posted 05.25.2014 | World
Daniela Schwarzer

What the world is now witnessing in Ukraine is a political struggle between two different visions of modernity, good governance and a decent society. It is an echo, 20 years later, of what happened in 1989 and thereafter in many Warsaw Pact countries. They are now mostly members of the European Union and of NATO, living proof that history is not destiny. There is no reason why it could not happen now in Ukraine, in Russia. . .and elsewhere. The choice is for Ukrainians, Russians and others to make. But Europe and the United States should be there to help.

China's Policy Would Avoid 'Thucydides Trap' in Ukraine

Jin Canrong | Posted 12.05.2014 | World
Jin Canrong

Under Putin, Russia has become a re-emerging power and is poised to replay its traditional battles with the West. By absorbing Crimea, Russia is sending warnings to both Ukraine and the West. To the former: stay neutral in the diplomatic arena. To the latter: don't you dare draft Ukraine into NATO.

The Russian Godfather: A View from Poland

Adam Michnik | Posted 12.02.2014 | World
Adam Michnik

In invading, occupying, and finally annexing Crimea, Vladimir Putin pointed Russia's guns at Ukraine and said: your territorial sovereignty or your life. So far, extortion has worked -- and Putin knows it. Indeed, in his speech announcing the annexation of Crimea, Putin spoke his mind: his regime fears no punishment and will do whatever it pleases. Crimea is just the first step toward realizing his dream of revived Russian greatness.

LOOK: Pro-Russia Crimeans Jump For Joy

Posted 03.17.2014 | World

Pro-Russian supporters in Crimea erupted in celebration Sunday night after exit polls indicated 97 percent of voters in the Ukrainian peninsula favore...

Russia Presses On With Crimea Takeover

Reuters | Posted 05.14.2014 | World

By Andrew Osborn and Lina Kushch SEVASTOPOL/DONETSK, Ukraine, March 14 (Reuters) - Dozens of Russians involved in Russia's gradual tak...

Putin Took Crimea Because He Could

Nicholas Burns | Posted 05.13.2014 | World
Nicholas Burns

Putin took Crimea because he could. He knew NATO wouldn't oppose him. With Russia on the move and the Chinese bullying smaller countries in the South China Sea, is it really smart to reduce the Army to its smallest size since 1940? To keep the peace, we need to convince Russia and China we'll remain the world's strongest power for the generation ahead.

NATO Urges Russia To Pull Back Troops

Reuters | Posted 05.06.2014 | World

BRUSSELS, March 6 (Reuters) - NATO urged Russia on Thursday to call back to bases its forces on the Ukrainian Crimea peninsula, saying it stood by U...