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Published on: March 20, 2014
The Battle for Ukraine
Crimea and the Lessons of Frozen Conflicts

Vladimir Putin’s manipulations in Ukraine show us that the West needs to pay more attention to frozen conflicts among Russia’s neighbors.

Svante E. Cornell is director of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at Johns Hopkins University-SAIS and co-founder of the Institute for Security and Development Policy, Stockholm.
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  • Andrew Allison

    Excellent analysis. I would only add that the West should be very careful about destabilizing, as it did with such disastrous consequences in Ukraine, countries on the periphery, thereby providing opportunities for Russian mischief.

  • Charles Hurst

    There is an important point to look at with the Ukraine as Barry threatens this and that at which Putin is completely ignoring. And that is this is what happens with an unchecked tyrant. I’ve seen several videos of the Ukraine people being shot at with nothing but metal shields as they continued to stand defiantly against the police forces.

    The don’t have the Second Amendment.

    I wonder how easily the Russians could walk in if they were met with pockets of rebel forces coming out, opening fire and disappearing into the crowds? I wonder what the Russian soldier would feel like knowing he might be going home in a box?

    This is why we “right wing nutcases” cling to our guns. Our economy is going to collapse. It has to. We have an unresolvable debt. And when it does we will have chaos in the metropolitan areas. And the government’s answer will be to disarm the people. How do I know this? I watched the aftermath of Katrina in New Orleans. Because we are a society that favors the criminal and entitlement driven over the law abiding.

    Barry, I would watch closely to the happenings in the Ukraine. These people are resisting even with the lack of firearms. I’ve predicted in my fiction the incoming tyranny to the United States. But we aren’t the Ukraine. And we have millions of firearms in our homes, Barry.

    Charles Hurst. Author of THE SECOND FALL. An offbeat story of Armageddon. Creator of THE RUNNINGWOLF EZINE

    • Jim King

      actually it was the protesters who were shooting other protesters. As a retired cop, we would open fire if protesters throw molotiv cocktails. Putin is on the right side of history here. The above article fails to explain why the west refuses to recognize Russian “sphere of privileged interests,”. We don’t allow Russia to put missiles in Cuba do we?

  • Jim King

    Russian “sphere of privileged interests,” .US has its , why can’t Russia have theirs? Oh yeah because USA wants to control everything. NATO expansion is going to start ww3. Funny, since it was meant to prevent ww3..now it will start it.

    I hope Putin Nukes Washington(i live in NYC.. so maybe too close?).
    ps-my wifes family lives in Transneister and they don’t want it RUN by what they call”dumb” Moldavians.

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