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Bad to worse in Ukraine?

I am in Russia this week, and the view from Moscow is a bit more disquieting than from home. It’s not that things are any different here. Life goes on in the University, traffic still clogs the street, and people … Continue reading

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Ukraine: Next steps and threats

Is Putin on the move again, planning to take additional slices off of Ukraine? The news seems to think so. The take-over of government buildings in three cities in Eastern Ukraine has commentators all a-flutter about Putin’s plans and continuing … Continue reading

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What are Russia’s Plans for Ukraine?

American Secretary of State John Kerry turned his plane around to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Paris on Sunday. Both had clear and inflexible demands. The U.S. wished Russia to withdraw a portion of the troops it has … Continue reading

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Ukraine is getting ever more dangerous

On CNN last Sunday, Stephen Cohen suggested that we are only two steps away from another Cuban missile crisis. Is that possible, or hyperbole? Revolutions create great risks because they create uncertainty and anxiety. The strength and policies of the … Continue reading

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Protest in Russia

I have just returned from a conference in Russia, in which the focus was studies of social movements. (My own contribution was to argue that recent protests in Brazil, Turkey, and Russia represented a shift to democratic-style protest rather than … Continue reading

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Putin plays his hand well – but with what result?

President Vladimir Putin has skillfully taken advantage of the opening given, almost by accident, by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, for Russia to frame the debate on what to do about the civil war raging in Syria. Russia’s strategic … Continue reading

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Syria to lock down or explode

Ian Bremmer did a wonderful take on the deteriorating situation in Syria for the Financial Times.  He points out this is now a full-fledged proxy war, with Hezbollah and Iran fully committed to backing their proxy, Bashar al-Assad, who is … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Obama

Sorry about the long lag in blogging. Spent all of last week in Moscow, which is both glorious and bizarre. Glorious because holiday decorations are still up and the new mayor has spent wisely and well in turning the city … Continue reading

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What is Russia Doing In Syria?

The vetoes by Russia and China at the U.N. Security Council, cast to forestall possible action against Bashar al-Assad in Syria, were a major disappointment. But is Russia simply going to prop up Assad?  I do not think so.  The … Continue reading

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