Last Friday, on the morning after the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, President Obama made his first foray in front of the cameras to talk about the incident. He explained that Russia had given the Ukrainian rebels powerful anti-aircraft missiles capable of shooting down a passenger liner...
Here is the sad state of affairs in U.S. foreign policy today: We are seeing more resolve projected from the U.S. Mission to the United Nations than from the Oval Office.
In the thick fog of war hanging over eastern Ukraine following the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 it is only possible at this point to establish the perimeter of the known and then to evaluate the potential culpability on a more-likely to less-likely scale.
With Russia’s proxies in east-south Ukraine in retreat, there has been no word or deed from Vladimir Putin. But don’t expect a spectacular change in his strategy in response to the events on the ground. Only tactics are likely to be adjusted.
There are only a handful of years in modern history with a claim to as much significance as 1989.
But they were years of terrible bloodshed. 1989 stands alone as the year in which peaceful, principled uprisings achieved political transformation that can only be described as miraculous.
This past Monday, King Juan Carlos I of Spain announced his intention to abdicate in favor of his son Felipe, who is expected to assume the title of Felipe VI as soon as June 18. The announcement came as somewhat of a surprise, but, in light of the turmoil surrounding him these past several years, certainly not as a shock.
In the winter of 2012, something surprising happened to Vladimir Putin: He discovered, as he wrote in a government newspaper, that Russia isn't just an ordinary country but a unique "state civilization," bound together by the ethnic Russians who form its "cultural nucleus." This was something new.
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