Ukraine

The Ukraine Crisis: No End in Sight?

The Ukraine Crisis: No End in Sight?

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

So far, despite their clear economic effect, additional sanctions have done little to de-escalate the crisis in Eastern Ukraine. Much has happened over the past few months in Ukraine. One of the main events was the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight (MH17) from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur over Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine in July. This incident affected the relationship of the West with Russia, leading to additional sanctions imposed by the EU and the US […]

January 27, 2015 · 0 comments · Politics, Ukraine
Why Ukraine’s Deal with the EU Matters

Why Ukraine’s Deal with the EU Matters

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

Although some advances have been made, Ukraine still has a long path ahead of it before any meaningful stability will return to the country. Since Ukraine elected President Petro Poroshenko in May, progress has been made in the Ukraine-Russia crisis. On June 20 the new president revealed a peace plan composed of 15 points to de-escalate the situation between pro-Russian insurgents and the government in eastern Ukraine. These steps include, amongst others, the decentralization of […]

July 10, 2014 · 0 comments · Politics, Ukraine
America Should Send Weapons and Military Advisors to Ukraine

America Should Send Weapons and Military Advisors to Ukraine

By Gabriel Glickman, Doctoral Candidate in Middle East and Mediterranean Studies at King's College London
Location United Kingdom United Kingdom

The White House has misread the situation in Ukraine and strong conservative values call for resolute action in the face of a direct challenge from Russian President Vladimir Putin. Democratic revolutions do not work. This is a simple history lesson that is endowed with the timelessness of having been reaffirmed by recent upheavals in the Middle East (think Tunisia and Egypt). Essential questions come to the fore that should give reasonable pause to any senior officials involved in foreign […]

April 26, 2014 · 1 comment · Politics, Russia, Ukraine, United States
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