Assessing the Response to the Crimean Crisis

Assessing the Response to the Crimean Crisis

Following a controversial referendum last Sunday to withdraw from Ukraine, officials were met by cheering crowds as they reported that nearly 96% of Crimeans wanted to join Russia. Of course, the vote did not include the vast majority of ethnic Ukrainians and Tatars who boycotted the referendum, which took place...

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Putin’s Crimean Blunder

Putin’s Crimean Blunder

Conventional wisdom portrays Putin as a master tactician. He isn’t one. Less than a week after the Sochi Olympics reached a coda, Russia invaded Ukraine, violating a millennial tradition of Olympic Truce. The juxtaposition between a sporting event celebrating peaceful competition among fraternal states and the occupation of a neighboring country...

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