Marc Champion

04/07/2014 - 2:07am

    The change in European perceptions of Russia caused by its annexation of Crimea feels familiar: It reminds me of what happened to views of the United States after its decision to invade Iraq.

    As with Iraq, it isn't just disagreement with the particular military aggression that is changing ideas about Russia, but the brazen way in which senior...

03/27/2014 - 3:32am

    There is a grim logic to the shotgun referendum in Crimea that leads toward an expansion of Russia's land grab into eastern and southern Ukraine.

    On its own, however, Russia's seizure of Crimea would risk unifying the rest of Ukraine against Russian aggression...

03/13/2014 - 2:07am

    Crimea is probably lost to Ukraine. Within the space of a few days, it has become the latest in a string of "frozen conflict" zones that Russia has used to strong-arm ex-Soviet neighbors ever since the Union collapsed.

    The history of these unrecognized...

03/13/2014 - 1:32am

    On the road to Sevastopol, Russian flags and a Russian Orthodox cross adorn a checkpoint manned by Crimea's pro-Russian civilian defense force. A banner announces: "Where We Are, There Is Russia."

    That sentiment explains why we should all be concerned...

03/13/2014 - 12:07am

    Put aside for a moment the geopolitical issues and cries of "Munich" and "Sudetenland" that surround Russia's ongoing annexation of Crimea: In human terms, Crimea's Tatars are the reason to care.

    The Muslim Tatars have suffered repeated persecution since the Ottomans ceded...

03/06/2014 - 2:29am

    Russian rhetoric on Ukraine can be infuriating, a continuous rewriting of history to disguise a fundamental disbelief in its neighbor's right to become a fully independent country.

    For all that, Western leaders need to listen more carefully, because some of what...

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