Patriotism. A project by Misha Friedman and IMR

The Fear of Responsibility
11 September 2014
The Fear of Responsibility

On September 8, 2014, the preliminary results of the investigation into the recent crash of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 over Donetsk, Ukraine, were published by the Netherlands commission assembled for the task. Moscow-based journalist Olga Melnikova comments on Russia’s reactions to the findings.

 
Minsk Summit: Breakthrough in Ukraine Crisis Unlikely
09 September 2014
Minsk Summit: Breakthrough in Ukraine Crisis Unlikely

In late August the presidents of Ukraine and Russia, Petro Poroshenko and Vladimir Putin, met in Minsk. Donald N. Jensen, resident fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Studies, overviews the issues that were left on the table as peace was whispered about in the capital of Belarus.

 
Why the Kremlin Is Actually Losing the War
09 September 2014
Why the Kremlin Is Actually Losing the War

In late August, the Ukrainian crisis entered a new phase. According to political analyst Tatiana Stanovaya, the freezing of the conflict in eastern Ukraine might seem like a victory for the Kremlin, but in a broader perspective, it means that Moscow is in fact failing to achieve its geopolitical goal of restraining NATO.

 
The Lessons of the First World War, or Why Putin’s Regime Is Doomed
05 September 2014
The Lessons of the First World War, or Why Putin’s Regime Is Doomed

Started 100 years ago, the First World War was one of the deadliest and most extensive military conflicts in the history of humankind. Tens of millions of people lost their lives, four empires ceased to exist, and new ones sprang into being in the aftermath of this war. Its echoes reverberate even to this day. The distinguished scholar Alexander Yanov reflects on the lessons of WWI.