Russia

Writings on Russian politics, relations with Ukraine, and the West.

Despite Cease-Fire Failures, American Weapons are not a Solution

Whatever policy is the right one to adopt regarding the Russo-Ukrainian conflict, the assumption that arming the Ukrainian military is either a simple task, or an alternative to direct interevention is absurd.

February 22, 2015
July 13, 2016
Written by 
Daniel Berman

Putin's Verdun: While the Crimea Burns, Russia Prepares a Trap for the West in Estonia

Putin's strategic objectives likely have less to do with territorial ambitions in regions that are economically worthless, and more to do with endeavoring to discredit NATO as a viable protector of neghboring states.

March 19, 2014
July 5, 2016
Written by 
Daniel Berman

Ukraine, the European Union, Economic Cycles and Political Weakness

The dynamics of the European response to Russian actions in the Ukraine are being driven by economic factors which leave EU leaders vulnerable domestically in the event of any policies which impose ecnomic costs

March 7, 2014
July 13, 2016
Written by 
Daniel Berman

Ukraine Thoughts Part 1: On the Side of the Angels, Vladimir Putin's view of America and the World

In the eyes of Vladimir Putin, Russia has spent two decades on a policy of appeasement towards the United States, only to be met with duplicity and betrayal. Combined with a personal aversion to Obama it explains much.

March 2, 2014
July 2, 2016
Written by 
Daniel Berman

Ukraine Thoughts Part 2: When You Play the Game of Princes You Win or You Die

Authoritarian states struggle to manage successions. Absent the ability to submit them to the electorate, they are fought informally at all levels of the state, and even the most loyal heir given time will become a theat

March 6, 2013
July 1, 2016
Written by 
Daniel Berman