PONARS Eurasia 07-29-2014
(Newsweek) When Conchita Wurst raised her microphone-shaped winner’s trophy at the Eurovision Song Contest in May, she smashed through a lavender ceiling. Boy George described her victory as “a vote for gay solidarity”. Lady Gaga tweeted that Wurst, “slayed with her beautiful vocals and message of freedom and equality”. Cher called her “fascinating”, adding that she deserv...
Pavel K. Baev 07-29-2014
(Eurasia Daily Monitor) If President Vladimir Putin really thought that the destruction of Flight MH17 with 298 people on board would soon blow over, the White House statement from last Friday must have disillusioned him—assuming his subordinates actually informed him about it. The White House statement directly noted: “we have concluded that Vladimir Putin and the Russian...
Serhiy Kudelia 07-28-2014
Since the downing of MH-17 the Ukrainian government has intensified its military campaign against the separatists in Ukraine’s east. In short order, the military was able to recapture a dozen towns and villages on the outskirts of the two largest rebel-held cities – Donetsk and Luhansk. This came at a cost of at least 100 civilians and Ukrainian soldiers killed over the la...
Ekaterina Stepanova 07-28-2014
(Russia International Affairs Council) The United States and NATO are withdrawing their forces from Afghanistan, leaving the country in a difficult, albeit not entirely hopeless situation. On the one hand, the armed conflict in the country rages on. Although its nature is changing, increasingly assuming the form of a confrontation between the insurgents and the Afghan arme...
PONARS Eurasia 07-24-2014
I cannot exclude the possibility that Vladimir Putin is really afraid of NATO expansion into Ukraine and, unable to keep a pro-Russian president there, opted to destabilize the state in order to prevent NATO membership for Ukraine on that ground. Still, I think that the more important motivation appeared from domestic politics: Putin's main fear is "color revolution" or a...
Mark Kramer 07-24-2014
(CNN Opinion) -- The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine last week, most likely after being struck with a missile fired by pro-Russian rebel forces, was followed this week by the rebels' shoot-down of two Su-25 attack aircraft deployed by the Ukrainian Air Force. These incidents reflect a typical pattern in insurgencies and counterinsurgency operati...
PONARS Eurasia 07-24-2014
(IBT) In the six days since Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was brought down by a missile over eastern Ukraine, amid intensifying suspicions of Russian involvement, the European Union has struggled to reconcile its desire to sanction Russia with its reliance on the country’s energy resources. But for Russia, dealing with U.S. and EU sanctions since earlier this year over the U...
PONARS Eurasia 07-24-2014
(Huffington Post) Responding to the renewed crisis in Ukraine, on Tuesday the European Union (EU) moved towards imposing economic sanctions on associates of Vladimir Putin, with foreign ministers agreeing to "concrete proposals" to create a list of the president’s "cronies" who would be subject to punitive measures. Following on from sanctions earlier imposed by Washington...

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