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Crimean Tatars Fear Russia Following ‘Kosovo Precedent’

Crimean Tatars Fear Russia Following ‘Kosovo Precedent’

By Jie Zhan, Graduate Student in International Relations at New York University
Location United States United States

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 […]

The Crimean Referendum: Straining Relations Between Russia and the West

The Crimean Referendum: Straining Relations Between Russia and the West

By Catherine Lefèvre, Co-founder of Global Public Policy Watch
Location United Kingdom United Kingdom

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 […]

March 17, 2014 · 0 comments · Politics, Russia, Ukraine
Is Karzai Following Putin or Yeltsin?

Is Karzai Following Putin or Yeltsin?

By Ahmad Hasib Farhan, Afghan Analyst and Commentator
Location Afghanistan Afghanistan

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 […]

March 17, 2014 · 1 comment · Afghanistan, Politics, Russia
Obama Should Put Strategy Ahead of Tactics on Syria

Obama Should Put Strategy Ahead of Tactics on Syria

By Robert Mason, Lecturer in International Relations at the British University in Egypt
Location Egypt Egypt

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 […]

September 12, 2013 · 0 comments · Politics, Syria, Syrian Civil War
Pakistan Needs a Seliger of its Own

Pakistan Needs a Seliger of its Own

By Farooq Yousaf, Research Analyst
Location Pakistan Pakistan

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 […]

August 7, 2013 · 0 comments · Culture, Pakistan, Politics, Russia, Travel
Western Media in Search of a Russian Hero

Western Media in Search of a Russian Hero

By Nick Ottens, Editor of Atlantic Sentinel
Location Netherlands Netherlands

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. […]

July 19, 2013 · 0 comments · Media, Politics, Russia
The Travails of Gangster Capitalism: The Passing of Boris Berezovsky

The Travails of Gangster Capitalism: The Passing of Boris Berezovsky

By Binoy Kampmark, Lecturer at RMIT University, Melbourne
Location Australia Australia

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 […]

March 23, 2013 · 0 comments · Economics, Russia