Obama to Ukraine: Love and Also Tough Love


by Robert E. Hunter When President Barack Obama meets Wednesday with the new Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk there are many things he must say regarding the crisis over Crimea. First is to reinforce some basic principles: that Ukraine’s sovereignty… Continue Reading  

Whatever’s Happening In The Gulf Is Probably About Iran


by Derek Davison Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain all recalled their ambassadors from Qatar last Wednesday, citing Qatar’s support for organizations and individuals that threaten “the security and stability of the Gulf states”: The statement said they… Continue Reading  

The Voice


How Obama Became a Publicist for His Presidency (Rather Than the President) by David Bromwich Like many days, March 3rd saw the delivery of a stern opinion by President Obama. To judge by recent developments in Ukraine, he said, Russia wasputting… Continue Reading  

Ukraine Primer II: Developments Through March 9


by Derek Davison This is the second in a series of primers on the fast-moving situation in Ukraine, and covers events from March 2 through March 9. For more background on the situation, please see part 1. Summary of Recent… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia: Sulking in the Tent


by Thomas W. Lippman The rulers of Saudi Arabia are becoming masters of a diplomatic style best described as sulking in the tent. If a country or organization is not performing in a way that suits them, they issue a… Continue Reading