Tag: Russia

Obama, Putin take conflicting views on Syria

Obama and Putin talk in the Oval Office

President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin took center stage at the United Nations General Assembly in late September with their conflicting stances on the situation in Syria. President Obama spoke first and told other world leaders that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must step down from power. His Russian counterpart expressed the exact opposite… Read More

Putin: “Internet is CIA Special Project,” Orders Alternate Russian Wikipedia

It’s well known that Wikipedia is not the most reliable source for accurate information. There are not many active editors, the diversity among editors is minimal, and anybody can vandalize entries by editing information. Plus, Wikipedia itself says, “We do not expect you to trust us.”   Russian president Vladimir Putin calls the Internet a “CIA… Read More

The Brilliant, Catastrophic Obama Doctrine For Foreign Policy

Type in the words “Obama foreign policy” on your Google search bar and you will likely find your terms automatically completed by the dispiriting addition of the word “failures.” This search engine synthesis aptly captures the country’s perceptions of the president’s leadership around the globe, and it is not an encouraging sight. Obama’s foreign policy… Read More

Edward Snowden Opens Up to NBC

“Is Edward Snowden a #Traitor or a # Patriot?”   The question is remarkable mainly for its permanence. Nearly a year after Snowden leaked classified NSA documents to journalists regarding a multitude of top-secret surveillance programs before taking spectacular flight for foreign pastures, there remains a startling lack of consensus on his legacy.   Brian… Read More

A Timeline of the Crisis in Crimea and Ukraine

With a 24-hour news cycle, it is often the case that news from weeks in the past is easily forgotten. When there is an ongoing crisis, it is important to remember the underlying problems and causes that led us to where we are today. Below is a timeline of important events that occurred leading up… Read More

Putin’s Words and Thoughts on Crimea

“Today based on the Crimean referendum, and the will of the people, I introduce to the federal assembly of Russia, and ask them to examine, a bill about admitting two new regions into Russia: Crimea, and the city of Sevastopol. Don’t believe those who intimidate you with Russia, [who] shout that other areas will follow… Read More

Crimea and Russia Push Annexation; US and EU Push back

A Crimean referendum Sunday voted for the secession of the peninsula from Ukraine. On Monday, the government in Crimea officially applied for annexation by Russia.   Putin supports the legitimacy of the referendum and has signed an executive order recognizing Crimea as a “sovereign and independent state.”   However, beyond Russia and Crimea, no other… Read More

Crimea’s Secession Vote Escalates US-Russia Disputes

On Thursday, March 6, the Crimean Parliament voted unanimously to secede from Ukraine. This vote will lead to a referendum, in which the citizens of Crimea will be able to voice their opinion as to which nation Crimea should be a part of.   However, this issue will not be solely decided by the citizens… Read More

Progress, Not Perfection: US-Russian Peace Talks Regarding Ukraine

As Wednesday comes to an end, we have learned that the meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, did not led to a resolution regarding Crimea. However, “things have moved in a good direction,” according to Laurent Fabius, the French foreign minister. Kerry and Lavrov are expected to continue… Read More