Ukraine Primer IV: Competing Narratives

by Derek Davison Russia moved to annex Crimea this week, as Ukraine evacuated most of its soldiers from the peninsula. Tensions in eastern Ukraine seem to have reached a tense equilibrium, even as reports of a Russian military build-up along… Continue Reading  

Tatar, Not Tartar: A Photo Essay

by Derek Davison Let’s talk about the difference between a “Tatar” and “tartar.” Yes, I’m talking to you, National Geographic: Russian forces are also conveniently located in Crimea, where a largely Russian populace (59 percent; Crimea was a part of… 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  

What are Russia’s Options in Ukraine?

by Mark N. Katz Now that Russian forces have taken Crimea away from Ukraine, what will President Vladimir Putin do next? There’s one thing he clearly will not do, and that’s give Crimea back to Kiev, as Ukrainian and Western… Continue Reading