War, chaos, depression, and corruption are some of the words to describe the chaos in Ukraine. Since the 3 billion Eurobond lent to Ukraine by Russia weren’t paid off the money, revolution was sparked within the citizens of Ukraine and slowly erupting into something many people fear will start another catastrophic event in Europe. Even with the strong support of NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization; Ukraine has but only two options, to move to E.U. or to move to the support of Russia, and the citizens are divided in half, the east and west, one side wanting to merge with Russia and the other wanting to merge with E.U.. And with Russia already annexing Crimea, which is located below Ukraine and Russia has tens of thousands troops lined up on the border and NATO not knowing what they should do, Ukraine is up in flames. Also with the president of Ukraine Yanokovych leaving and rejecting office unofficially to escape, leaving the balance of Ukraine in the hand of new president Oleksandr Twrchynov in charge of the disaster of what is now leading to an official civil war. The question is who is going to take action and when? NATO wanting to prevent a potential World War really doesn’t have any idea what they should do. And what does Russia even want from Ukraine? E.U. is trying to do everything possible to not take action, but from news reporters perspectives, these events could also relate to 1939 when Hitler took over all these nations and said the reason was that he
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There has been tons of contentions and conflicts in the second largest country in europe and while the news presents us all these ideas about what going there, the truth, as it always is, is much more complex. The recent turmoil in the Ukraine has brought up a lot of issues remembered in the cold war. Russia Annexing the crimean peninsula from the Ukraine scaring western powers, specifically the United States, into the old policy of Soviet containment and using any means to put negatives towards the “eastern block” preventing the spread of its influence. Although the United States and it NATO/European Union current policy’s towards the eastern block have attempted to contain this strong autocratic style of
The US’s global influence and power place a broad range of intervention tools at its disposal. Even though tensions between Russia and Ukraine are lower than they were a couple of years ago, the impact of the US is visible. First, in the form of economic and political sanctions against Russia (Daiss, 2016). These penalties have proved costly to Russia and in some way have deterred further Russian aggression.
This involves new ideas and in democracy commentators, politicians, writers, creative types, engineers and philosophers attempt to leave their mark. Belief mechanisms have done so profusely, on grounds of claiming ‘knowing the unknown.’ Ashdown’s methodology cleverly side-foots celestial dialogue and in a trice unleashes what most commentators have dismissed; the near future role of Putin’s Russia - Ashdown states: "We have no choice but to play hardball with Moscow over Ukraine. But offering Putin a partnership on defeating the Sunni jihad which threatens us both would add huge weight to our ability to succeed and avoid the mistake of pushing Russia into a corner from which there is no escape." A lot of compromising is in the offering, on par with Greece’s infinite fiscal bail-out terms; realistically a reformed United Nation's mandate may suffice, purely due to its remarkable silence at a time UN intervention would be heeded and respected. We’re subconsciously, consciously seeking answers and it comes in the most unorthodox streams – for proof of this I’m reading Paddy Ashdown’s ‘Independent’ articles; he’s mentioned Russia quite a bit. I don’t deduce this as being a case of tautology, but as a vital element to what we must do, I suspect Ashdown will reiterate its importance again and I’ll read it again and I’ll think we’re no nearer to resolving the threat… ‘It’s
The topic of international relations has been gaining significance in the modern world following the increase in the popularity of globalization and the need for peaceful coexistence between nations. The high rate of advancement of communication technology, complex global economy, faster means of transport and an increase in value for cooperative relationships are vital to the global society (Almoni 1). A positive relationship between countries, especially the neighboring ones is expected to facilitate the formulation of effective trade agreements. In addition, the issue of immigration or movement of people from one country to another cannot
When people generally think of Middle East, they either picture newly developed Arab economies or Muslim dominated volatile regions. However, the Middle Eastern society mentioned in Taking sides is not limited to the few nations defined by geo political lines drawn in the map, rather it is a complexly mixed society of religious factions, different ethnic group and political ideologies, each separated within boundaries of nations. As modern history goes, these factions within the Middle Eastern nation has always contributed hostility to the entire region. Primarily, the faction between Sunni and Shiite fundamentalist can be traced as root cause of
The history of Russia is wrought with inconsistencies and discord. Flawed with unjust social constructs and plagued constantly by the dichotomous relationship between authority and the people, Russia, since it’s upbringing, had always been one step behind it’s eastern neighbors. And in this rat race to stand among the Europeans, the identity and essence of Russia was always in a state of question. As a result, Russia was constantly struggling to find it’s place within a global narrative. It was Russian philosopher Petr Chaadaev, who in 1829, wrote, “We do not belong to any of the great families of the human race. We are neither of the West nor of the East, and we have the traditions of neither.” It is a wonder that Chaadaev, in the years of such turbulent changes, was able to identify such metaphysical traits of the nation. But while Chaadaev highlights the indisputable “sui generis" nature of Russia in context with the European nations, perhaps it was too presumptuous to say that this uniqueness resulted in the lack of culture and tradition from both East and West. As the three momentous periods of Russia, the formation, the imperial, and the formation of the soviet, may suggest, rather than a nation outside of East or West, Russia is an amalgamation of elements from both, existing between the dichotomous East and West.
One being that Germany’s economic dependence on Russia is long overstayed. “If a nation is to be constructed or preserved, however, national memories and allegiance need to be stronger.” (Nau pg. 311) I believe that if Ukraine wants the United States to aid them in this matter, they should get in a uniform and fight for their country. The Ukrainians should keep in mind that when the United States intervene it sometimes allows a political party to rise. “In 2012 the United States initiated separate discussions with the Taliban under the good offices of Arab country Qatar, creating further suspicions in Kabul that a U.S. exit will result in a return of the Taliban government.” (Nau pg. 315) Nevertheless I believe the United States should have a more diplomatic approach than just pushing back at Russia like she mentioned. We can’t just close our eyes to the atrocities that are taking place in Ukraine, but we also can’t jeopardize our own national security. I say this because I fear what would happen to the world if another cold war were to take place. “Neither the United States nor the Soviet Union was responsible for the Cold War; rather, the cold war was a consequence of the security dilemma. The two countries faced one another across a power vacuum in central Europe and had to compete to fill that vacuum whether they were aggressive or not.” (Nau pg.
The Soviet Union, is known today as one of the greatest countries in the world. It’s had many triumphs, but every country has low points as well and the Soviet Union was no exception. Under the rule of Joseph Stalin, they had one of the biggest genocides in all of history.
Tensions in the region began when the Ukrainian government decided against the agreement with the European Union (EU) in fall of 2013. This was not just a trade agreement, but also a political agreement that committed Ukraine to adhere to certain European values and principles. Following this decision, rampant protests combined with increasing corruption within the government spurred chaos and unrest within the region drawing the attention of the Russian Government (BBC 2014). By January 2014, the protests became violent as confrontations between
The crisis in Ukraine and Crimea’s recent accession to Russia are events that clearly highlight the underlying sources of conflict in global politics. While Russia sees its actions in Crimea as a “reunification” and the respect for the right of self-determination, the West views it as a threat to European security and a violation of territorial integrity. Crimea has been a debatable topic from the time it came under the control of the Russian Empire in 1783 during the reign of Catherine the Great. The justification then was similar to the reasoning being used by Vladimir Putin today. Catherine declared that she was protecting ethnic Russians in the region from the Ottoman Empire, much as Putin is claiming to protect Russians from Ukrainian
Since 2011, the United-States of America has supported the Syrian revolution against the tyrannical government led by Bashar Al-Assad. However, the Russian government, led by Vladimir Putin, has supported Assad’s government. Since then, a forth independent actor has got involved. ISIS is a terrorist organisation mainly interested in gaining power and territory. Recently, the tensions around the Syrian conflict have increased but any country is physically present on Syrian ground. The United-States does not want to deploy troops on the ground, therefore they have emplaced a few sanctions and conducted airstrikes in Syria. However, there have been discords about what the US should do. Thus I will analyse and propose several viewpoints and
Before we dig in any further, let’s look at the historical background of these two nations. Past is one of the most important factors that one should be never underestimate when one wants to know about the current circumstances. Ukraine was not a free country at first and it had to go through a lot before it became an independent nation. Ukraine was the part of the Russian state since the 17th century. In 1918, Ukraine declares its independence but the Communist Red Army reconquers the Ukraine for the Soviet Union in 1921. About ten years after the reconquering the leader of the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin, starves about 7 million Ukrainians by gathering all the crops there were in order to earn money that is required on the pretext of industrialization of the Soviet Union. Crimea, one of the main causes of this crisis, was actually given to the Ukraine in 1954 by the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, supposedly to strengthen brotherly bonds despite of the fact that majority of the population was Russian. Finally, in 1991, the Soviet Collapses and the Ukraine declares its independence.
Ukraine is a country situated in Eastern Europe. Towards the east and northeast of Ukraine is the Russian Federation. Towards the northwest, the border of Ukraine is formed by Belarus, meanwhile on the western border are situated Poland and Hungary and the southwestern border is formed by Romania and Moldova. Water bodies including Sea of Azov and the Black Sea also border Ukraine on the southeastern and southern sides, respectively. The total area of the country is found to be 603,628 square kilometers. This makes Ukraine the second largest contiguous country situated in the European continent, the first largest being the Russian Federation.
Since its beginning, the conflict in Eastern Ukraine has raised legal issues that get to the core of International Law and international legal theory. In particular, the debate among legal experts has focused on the question of secession, the right to self-determination of people, and the respect of the territorial integrity of States. The main concern of the scholarship has been to identify the political and legal consequences of a secession of Ukraine’s eastern territories and the possible violations of International Law that would occur in such a situation. A less investigated aspect of the conflict is the chance to find a legal solution to the hostilities, seeking to cease violence among the parties and to settle the dispute under the aegis of the UN. This goal may be achieved with the deployment of UN peacekeeping forces.
The breadbasket of Eastern Europe is having a problem with militants who have killed and have tortured hundreds of people in the name of freedom. The militants, Pro-Russian rebels native to Ukraine, believe that their actions against the government are just. Those who believe that the Pro-Russian Ukrainian rebels are fighting against a corrupt, ultranationalist government are right. The Ukrainian citizens need to understand, however, that the government of Ukraine is the lesser of two evils; the rebels have committed many more heinous crimes than the government has. The rebels are also against policies that can benefit all of Europe and Ukraine. Currently, the Ukrainian people seek to have a stable nation with a self-sufficient government