We should address the Crimean crisis in a way that protects international norms without compromising the interests of each side. On March 16, 97 percent of the Crimean population voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, which really worried the 300,000 Muslim Crimean Tatars that only constitute 12 percent of the Crimean population, in contrast to 58 percent of ethnic Russians. They were once the majority in Crimea until 1944 when Soviet leader Joseph Stalin […]
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While the Russian intervention might have seemed extreme, the majority of Crimeans welcomed the move with many seeing the Russians as protectors from the chaos in Ukraine. On March 16, 2014, Crimeans voted to join Russia in a referendum that was supported by Russia and denounced as illegitimate by Western powers and Ukraine. The Ukrainian government said that the outcome of the referendum would not be recognized, with Oleksandr Turchynov, Ukraine’s interim president, labeling the referendum as […]
Is Afghan President Hamid Karzai taking his country in the direction of Russian President Vladimir Putin or former President Boris Yeltsin? 2014 is considered a life changing year in Afghanistan. The international security forces will withdraw by the end of this year and the Afghan popular election will take place in April. The upcoming elections are very crucial for the future stability and peace in the country. This will be the first time in Afghan […]
President Obama’s foreign policy team considers the Russian diplomatic initiative on putting Syria’s chemical weapons under international control. It is simply the least bad idea on the negotiating table at the moment but is unlikely to endure – the US and France already disagree over the terms of a new UN Resolution. Neither are limited military strikes against Syria an adequate response to deter Syria and other US adversaries (Iran and North Korea) from any […]
A couple of months ago, while interacting with my friend in Pakistan, I was introduced to the Seliger Youth Forum – a camping/educational event, organized around the beautiful Lake Seliger in Russia. I pounced on this opportunity of not only visiting Russia, a country that was for long on my travel wish list, but also meeting my friend after a long time. After landing in Moscow, we were taken to Seliger, some 300 miles from […]
Western media portrays the persecution of Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny as politically motivated. Yet after he was convicted of embezzlement this week, Navalny was surprisingly released from prison a day later and allowed to stand in September’s mayoral election in Moscow. If the regime is truly afraid of the man, they would surely keep him locked up? The narrative doesn’t make sense. Despite foreign media interest in Navalny, he isn’t particularly well-known across Russia. […]
Everything about the labyrinthine world of oligarchs tends to happen in “unexplained” circumstances. Their lives and their existence have mirrored a type of Byzantine court, where favors and punishments are bestowed depending on loyalties. The death of the exiled Russian oligarch Boris Berezovksy reeks of something more than it might be. Can a death in such a case ever just be that, an outcome of depression, a combination of guilt, the conscience that catches up […]