Russia's Latest Land Grab

How Putin Won Crimea and Lost Ukraine

Jeffrey Mankoff
Marking its territory: the Russian army in Grigoriopol, Moldova, April 1992.
Marking its territory: the Russian army in Grigoriopol, Moldova, April 1992. (Gyennady Tamarin / Courtesy Reuters)
Russia’s annexation of Crimea is Moscow’s latest attempt to maintain influence in a post-Soviet state by creating a so-called frozen conflict, in which a splinter territory remains under Russian protection and beyond the control of the central government. But history suggests Russia’s move will backfire and push the rest of Ukraine west.
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Kenya's Worst Enemy

Paul Hidalgo
Kenya is on its way to becoming the world’s next hotbed of extremism as a result of al Shabaab’s active and growing presence there. And so far, the Kenyan government has been its own worst enemy in attempting to reverse this trend.
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What’s Inside the New Issue

Edward Morse on shale, Mohammad Javad Zarif on Iran under Rouhani, Tyler Cowen on Thomas Piketty, and more.
Capsule Review

Today's Book: The Son Also Rises

Richard N. Cooper
This intriguing book measures social mobility in a novel way, by tracing unusual surnames over several generations in nine different countries.
Snapshot
Paul Hidalgo

Kenya is on its way to becoming the world’s next hotbed of extremism as a result of al Shabaab’s active and growing presence there. And so far, the Kenyan government has been its own worst enemy in attempting to reverse this trend.

A man walks past flags of Turkey and the European Union at Taksim Square in Istanbul, June 9, 2013.
Snapshot
Halil Karaveli

Turkey might seem like a confident rising power, but its leaders fear being abandoned by the West as much as ever. As it has in the past, the United States can push Turkey toward political reform by reminding Ankara that it has to live up to Western democratic standards if it wants to continue to enjoy the benefits of being counted as an ally.

Comment
Gideon Rose and Jonathan Tepperman

When we started putting together a package on the rapidly evolving future of energy, our first thought was to survey exciting innovations across the sector. But the closer we looked, the more we realized that one big thing -- shale -- loomed above the rest.

Snapshot
Jonathan Hopkin and Mark Blyth

Wealthy Russian expats seem to wield substantial influence over the British government's approach to the Ukraine crisis, which points to the outsized role that such super-rich play in British politics. But all that foreign money reveals deep structural weaknesses in the British economy.

Participants attend an anti-war rally at Independence Square in Kiev, March 23, 2014.
Snapshot
Alina Polyakova

By inking a deal with Russia last week, the West seemed to sign on to Russia’s strategy for the region -- “federalism” or, more likely, partition. The agreement itself quickly fell through, but Russia now has the West's acquiescence in writing.

Change your perspective: A worker cleans the windows of a building in Beijing's central business district, April 4, 2007.
Essay
Kurt M. Campbell and Ely Ratner

Asia is going to command ever more attention and resources from the United States, thanks to the region’s growing prosperity and influence and the enormous challenges the region poses. The Obama administration’s pivot or rebalancing makes sense; the challenge now is giving it proper form, substance, and resources.

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