Europe/Americas update: March 2 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA The Russian government on Friday angrily rejected claims from the Trump administration that its fancy new nuclear weapons that promise to destroy humanity even better than the old ones actually violate international treaties. For the Russians, ironically, it’s America’s decision to abrogate the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 2002 that’s partly motivating their decision… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: March 2 2018

Man(afort) overboard

So the big story in The New York Times this morning is that Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, long-time Republican operative Paul Manafort, was apparently very well-compensated for all the political consulting he did for former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych a few years back: And Mr. Manafort’s presence remains elsewhere here in the capital, where government… Continue reading Man(afort) overboard

Dysfuctional Eastern European nation ISO decent government for LTR, MBA

My new piece at Lobe Log looks at the dismal state of affairs in Kiev, where effective, stable governance is needed probably more than any other place on Earth but where, based on recent history and on the stable of characters currently circling around the capital, there’s almost no chance it will get any in… Continue reading Dysfuctional Eastern European nation ISO decent government for LTR, MBA

No, Vladimir Putin is not a cartoon super-villain, and he’s not the Defender of the Faith either

The American political right increasingly resembles a barely-stitched together collection of single- or narrow-issue interest groups, all united by hatred of Barack Obama, History’s Greatest Monster At Least Until the Next Democratic President, or, more accurately, hatred of scary liberal monsters hiding under the bed, waiting for the chance to make off with their wallets,… Continue reading No, Vladimir Putin is not a cartoon super-villain, and he’s not the Defender of the Faith either

If you’re watching Ukraine right now, pay special attention to Crimea

So I’ve been trying to get myself knowledgeable enough about what’s happening in Ukraine to write about it, and events are just blowing past me while lots of people who already know quite a bit about the region are writing excellent, thoughtful pieces breaking the whole situation down. Please seek them out and read them.… Continue reading If you’re watching Ukraine right now, pay special attention to Crimea