From Russia with Love

Note: This article is also available for later consumption. Download the PDF file to read offline, share with others and used as reference   Is President Obama right to go along with the European allies imposing sanctions, more sanctions and further sanctions on Russia? Notwithstanding the fact that economic sanctions on any country punish the…

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Airplane Tragedy Triggers US-Russia Showdown

The political outcome of the Malaysian Plane shoot down is now completely in the hands of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Despite the world reaction to the tragedy and the West’s tantrum, Mr. Putin enjoys the benefit of the doubt at home, courtesy of the U.S. government’s frequent and careless statements in the media. Shortly after…

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Airplane Shooting, a Tragic Mistake

The shooting down of the Malaysian Plane en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam on July 17, 2014 is a tragedy for the victims and their families. For Ukraine, however, could it be a political strategy, a mistake or an opportunity? Whenever tragedy strikes, it is a sure bet there will be plenty of finger…

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The Ukraine Crisis Requires Real Diplomacy

Ukraine is at an impasse. Nothing but diplomacy, real diplomacy that is, can help it cross that bridge. Sanctions, threat of sanction, flexing of muscles, tough talk do much to exacerbate the situation, and the US government believes those are tools of diplomacy. Just a few weeks after the residents of Crimea, Ukraine voted to…

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Back to the Cold War – Part 2

The Cold War was a state of hostility between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). There has never been a consensus as to its causes but several events help explain its origin. After the end of World War II, United States and USSR who fought side by side to defeat…

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Back to the Cold War

A Successful Alliance between the United States and the Soviet Union brought victory and an end to World War II. However, the alliance didn’t last long. Changes of administration in both the United States and the Soviet Union contributed to the deterioration and the end of a friendly relation. That was the beginning of a…

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