Vladimir Putin functions in long-term historical categories. In recent years, he has increasingly invoked them to achieve political goals. To grasp Russia’s political vector under Mr. Putin, we need to be more attuned to his use of history.
Of all Barack Obama's costumes, the most ill-fitting is that of the hawk. The guise doesn't work for all sorts of ideological and historical reasons. Plus there's the fact that he's rushing to put on the outfit as he's heading out the door.
At the highest levels, the U.S. and European Union believe that corruption in Russia is so extensive that after the invasion of Crimea and Ukraine, they directed many sanctions toward Russia's elite. John McCain maintained in 2013 that Putin rules by "corruption, repression and violence," and various news commentators calls Mr. Putin a "thug" at every turn. Yet, considering some of the legislation and behavior of our own political class, these claims seem sanctimonious. U.S. politicians would do
With the personal approval of the Defense Secretary, Ukrainian Col. Ihor Hordiychuk is the beneficiary of a little-known program that the Defense Department uses to take care of allied soldiers on American soil.
The conventional view in Washington is that Mr. Putin is a belligerent authoritarian intent upon expanding Russia's borders and confronting the West. What the White House refuses to acknowledge, however, is that the Russian leader is simply acting in what he believes to be his country's best interest.
Friends School students take a trip to Russia in the midst of geopolitical turmoil and find the Russian people to be kind of blase about Crime and the Ukraine, compared to the hyperbole in Western media. The most nerve-wracking part of the trip came at the end, when a pilot strike delayed their departure for a day and a half, and they had to switch from Lufthansa to the Emirates airline.
After playing in only four of the team's first 32 games, Alex Len has slowly made his way into first-year coach Jeff Hornacek's rotation, playing behind former Duke star Miles Plumlee and, if the Suns go to a smaller lineup, Channing Frye.
Amid the storm created by Russian President Vladimir Putin's extralegal incursion into the Crimean peninsula, the U.S. and Europe risk allowing an event equally important to Ukraine's future to fall out of focus: the May 25 election in which the divided country is set to select a new president. The credibility, inclusivity and peacefulness of this event are vital to U.S. and European interests.