Chaos Reigns When A Great Empire Declines

Disorder seems to be erupting all around the globe. Wars burn in Europe, the Middles East and Africa while tensions grow between China and Japan and on the Korean peninsula, as civil unrest festers in many other places. It was not supposed to be like this. The end of the Cold War was – in … Continue reading

The Big Question: Is It Our Moral Duty To Stand Up To Russia Over Ukraine?

Is it our moral duty to stand up to Russia? This was the first question debated on this morning’s edition of The Big Questions on BBC1 television in the UK. And the question cuts to the heart of the Ukrainian problem: what is the right thing to do when faced with illegal actions by a … Continue reading

The Real And Scary Lesson For The West From Ukraine

Crisis in Ukraine has exposed weakness and confusion in the West. Speak softly and carry a big stick, advised former US President Theodore Roosevelt. Yet, we have done precisely the opposite over Ukraine by talking tough and making unspecified threats that we are unable to back up. Worse, the European Union (EU), set up to … Continue reading

We Would Be Mad To Challenge Putin Over Ukraine

Western diplomats are playing a dangerous game by insisting that the territorial integrity of Ukraine is inviolable and ordering Russia not meddle in this former Soviet republic. Just this week Barack Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice said it would be a “grave mistake” for Russian president Vladimir Putin to send soldiers into Ukraine. While … Continue reading

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