Moldova and Georgia are apparently ignoring Russian warnings not to sign an economic pact with the European Union. This despite the extreme turbulence in the Ukraine that has occurred since Ukraine ignored Russian objections to Ukraine's handling of its relationship with the European Union.
What happened in Iraq this week is shocking. The second collapse of the Iraqi army is reminiscent of its first collapse at the hands of former President Saddam Hussein in particular, when he left it in tatters on the roads without informing the army that he had lost the war.
A Union of 450 million can certainly do better than the process it is currently entangled in, which is shameful and harmful. The sooner it is over, the better.
What we got from Obama was a tunnel visioned view of history, even with regard to the historical event itself. And he completely missed the reality that events do not occur in isolation from one another.
The economic, geopolitical and strategic ties between Tehran and Moscow have recently been on the rise, particularly after the Crimean crises and since Iranian President Hassan Rouhani participated in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Bishkek.
Like most news coverage in general, most coverage of the Ukraine situation so far has been convoluted, disjointed, and missing the big picture. As a result, fears about Russia's propensity to invade other countries have been overblown.
Just a few days away from the largest sporting festival in the world, the stories coming out of Brazil are not so festive. The handwringing reflects less on Brazil, but on whether the world even needs a World Cup anymore.
While in Paris this week someone asked me when the U.S. will take a leading role in helping to resolve any number of the world's ongoing crises -- from Syria to Ukraine to the Central African Republic. My reply was that this will not happen for several reasons.
It has been a really tumultuous year for Ukrainians, but the events are part of a continued evolutionary process of a country shedding its Soviet past and transitioning toward a modern democracy. To more fully understand today's events, it's useful to take a step back and examine events in Ukraine from a more macro perspective.
The difference between the Egyptian and Syrian presidential elections this week is that the first has revived Egypt as a leading nation in the regional balance of power, with an Arab decision and Arab support, while the second has taken Syria out of the Arab mainstream and made it a satellite of Iran in the regional balance of power.
An attacking midfielder or winger, Sofiane Feghouli has many admirers in European football -- including one Arséne Wenger, who referred to the Valencia man as "exceptional" and "a beast."
World leaders gather in Warsaw today to celebrate Poland's return to democracy 25 years ago on this day, and the country's astounding economic and political development since then. Today Poland is a prosperous, dynamic and democratic society. Yet the leaders will make the most of their visit if they understand the deeper lessons of Poland's remarkable recovery after 1989 and apply those lessons elsewhere, including vis-à-vis Ukraine and Russia.
The facts remain that this researcher and proponent of journalism ethics spent hours deprived of her liberty under tremendous stress, was not allowed to see her lawyer, missed her flight, was forced to hand over her equipment and memory cards to officials for an indefinite period of time, and received neither an explanation nor an apology from the officials involved.
Many presidents in the past have worked within a framework that helped guide all decisions on foreign policy. While at points appearing to try, President Obama has not developed such framework of his own.
The implications of America's empty threat of sanctions and false line drawing have not been lost on Russia or China. It appears that this is also the beginning of an era of decreased involvement of US on the world stage, especially in the East.
"At times in foreign policy we make mistakes because we act too quickly without first properly understanding how things really are." This is recurrent complain among foreign policy geeks, but it takes a certain bravery to say so -- on the record and in the world's most prestigious think tank -- if you are one of those people that actually leads the world's foreign policy.