Are Sanctions Against Russia Enough?

Since the Russian Occupation of Crimea in late February, the US and the EU have implemented sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government in an effort to encourage it to change its course. Every time another major event occurs, these countries respond with an additional round of sanctions that range from targeting individuals close to Putin to sanctioning entire sectors of the Russian economy. The conflict has only become more and more entrenched in the eight months since the occupation of Crimea and the Russian-backed rebel uprising in Eastern Ukraine…

The Crimean Crisis and What’s Next for Ukraine

  What started off as anti-government protests against ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych several months ago has escalated to a Russian takeover of the Crimean Peninsula in Southern Ukraine. Both anti-government and pro-government protests began to take place in major cities on the Crimean peninsula and resulted in a hostile takeover of government buildings and the parliament of the Crimean peninsula by pro-Russian forces. This lead to the unconstitutional forming of a new Crimean Parliament and the appointment of Sergey Aksyonov as Prime Minister of Crimea on February 27th, whose…

Unrest in Ukraine: Summarizing the Euromaidan

For over two months now a massive, ongoing protest has been staged in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. The protests have been referred to as the Euromaidan. The name originates from the location of the protests, Independence Square, combining Euro for European and Maidan, the Ukrainian word for Square. The protests started on November 21, 2013 when Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych suddenly postponed signing an agreement with the European Union (EU) taking the nation and the EU by surprise. The EU-Ukraine agreement was supposed to include an Association Agreement with…