Ukraine

Putin is sanely driven by internal considerations

Putin really goes well beyond what most sane strategists consider to be a wise course of action in international politics even from a zero sum perspective. But from the same perspective it may be how Putin must organize his own survival. Ukrainians consider themselves closely related to Russians. But Putin’s brinkmanship fundamentally undermines that since …

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Putin’s options limited by home uncertainty

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/862ee4d0-9bf6-11e3-afe3-00144feab7de.html Good article. One good reason why Putin himself is quiet is that he doesn’t know how to respond. His democracy may be a sham, but he still needs to take the sentiment of the Russians seriously. If he cannot control that sentiment through the state-owned media, he’ll have to follow it lest he risks …

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Technology, Ukraine and the fading of the nation-state.

Technology is what enabled Westphalia and is what is now slowly fraying it. Our national identity has weakened significantly as we’ve become far more exposed to other people and cultures. The nation state grew because communication was and could be constrained to language and geography. Moscow and Beijing still believe they can control that narrative …

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