Tag: Russia

Ukraine Association Agreement Rejected In Dutch Referendum

April 7, 2016

A non-binding referendum in the Netherlands has rejected the ratification of the EU Association Agreement with Ukraine, following a campaign backed by Eurosceptic parties across the wider EU.

Despite His Claims, Obama Was Not A Realist On Russia, Syria, And Libya

March 12, 2016

President Obama, in the twilight of his career, did what every US President is expected to do, give a legacy defending interview. He defended his primary foreign policy ideas including the Syrian inaction, the inability to deal with the Ukrainian crisis, the Iraq fiasco and Russian revanchism while describing himself as a Realist. Obama does […]

Ukraine Live Day 671: Putin Will Not “Abandon” Russians Living In Ukraine

December 20, 2015

Yesterday’s live coverage of the Ukraine conflict can be found here. Please help The Interpreter to continue providing this valuable information service by making a donation towards our costs. For links to individual updates click on the timestamps. For the latest summary of evidence surrounding the shooting down of flight MH17 see our separate article: […]

Interpreter Podcast: Syria, Russia, Israel, and the End of ‘Pax Americana’

October 28, 2015

After the failures of Iraq and Afghanistan, and the struggles of American policy following the Arab Spring uprisings, what is the role the United States should play in the world? Are we really in ‘Cold War 2.0’? Can we work with Russia on Afghanistan? On Syria? And what role do non-politician politicians, so called “outsiders,” […]

Ukraine Live Day 605: Ukraine Expected To Win Seat At UN Security Council Today

October 15, 2015

Yesterday’s live coverage of the Ukraine conflict can be found here. An archive of our liveblogs can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing story see our latest podcast. Please help The Interpreter to continue providing this valuable information service by making a donation towards our costs. For links to individual […]

Armenia’s Lessons For Russia

July 1, 2015

The current and continuing demonstrations in Armenia over price hikes by the state electricity company contain many lessons for us and Russia. First, they highlight the continuing economic and political pathologies of the neo-Soviet or Putinist experiment where the state retains the controlling interest in the economy. Under these autocratic conditions state ownership remains a […]

Ukraine Live Day 493: A ‘Big War’ And Financial Default On The Horizon?

June 25, 2015

Yesterday’s live coverage of the Ukraine conflict can be found here. An archive of our liveblogs can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing story see our latest podcast. Please help The Interpreter to continue providing this valuable information service by making a donation towards our costs. For links to individual […]

Forced Marriage Sets the Stage For a New And More Fateful Chechen War

May 23, 2015

Staunton, May 21 — Many in Russia and elsewhere have been horrified by the personal tragedy of the forced marriage of a young girl to a 57-year-old Chechen that Ramzan Kadyrov and some Russians have defended, but they should be more concerned about how this event sets the stage for a new Chechen war in […]

151 Years After the Genocide And One Year After Sochi, the Circassian Issue Isn’t Going Away

Staunton, May 21 — No nation more skillfully used an international event than did the Circassians during the Sochi Olympiad to call attention to the Russian-orchestrated genocide of their people 150 years earlier. Despite Moscow’s best efforts, few independent reporters talked about Sochi without talking about the continuing crimes against the Circassians. In the past […]