Ivan Katchanovski (Ottawa): The Politics of World War II in Contemporary Ukraine; Political Regionalism in "Orange" Ukraine (2010); Democracy and Political Values in Ukraine (2012); and The Rebellion in Ukraine: Alternative Views. Andreas Umland (NaUKMA): A Typical Variety of European Right-Wing Radicalism? Andreas Umland (NaUKMA) and Anton Shekhovtsov (UCL): Ultraright Party Politics in Post-Soviet Ukraine and the Puzzle of the Electoral Marginalism of Ukrainian Ultranationalists in 1994-2009. Frank C. Thames (Texas Tech): Party Systems and Legislative Cohesion in Post-Communist Ukraine. Serhiy Kudelia (Baylor): Ukraine in Context: What Happens When Authoritarians Fall. Mikhail Krylov and Anton Gritsenko (RAS): The Dynamics of Cultural Identity in the Left-Bank Ukraine and Neighboring Regions of Russia. Samuel Charap (IISS) and Mikhail Troitskiy (MGIMO): Russia, the West and the Integration Dilemma. Poland has become a part of Western Europe — for better or for worse; in the face of the escalating Ukrainian conflict it definitely seems for worse. Timothy Snyder on Ukraine: The haze of propaganda. Putin goes to war: David Remnick on how with Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Crimea, Russia’s period of Olympic mercy has come to an end. The “Russia reset” was already dead: The US and Russia don't really have strong shared interests — it's time to abandon fruitless efforts to work together with Putin. Zack Beauchamp on why the crisis in Ukraine isn’t the start of another Cold War. Erik Voeten on why international institutions are going to be crucial for resolving the Russia-Ukraine conflict even if they seem feeble now. 22 maps that explain the centuries-long conflict in Ukraine.
Patricia J. Zettler, Jacob S. Sherkow, and Henry T. Greely (Stanford): 23andMe, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Future of Genetic Testing. Amitai Etzioni (GWU): On Curbing Obesity. From Attunement, a special issue on what exactly constitutes a generation. It was extraordinary to see an article in the Sunday Washington Post telling readers that CBO is often wrong and that its scores may not always be the best basis for policy decisions. Martin O Reilly on ethics, drugs and sport. From Time, a cover story on Obama's Trauma Team: Steven Brill on how an unlikely group of high-tech wizards revived Obama's troubled HealthCare.gov website. Jacob Heilbrunn on the assault on John Judis. Suppose it is possible, through genetic engineering, to modify the genomes of Neanderthal embryos, causing their brains to develop as ours do — would it not be our moral duty to make this modification available to Neanderthal parents who want it? The power of dirt — public toilets: Ilma Molnar on the body, the wall and the politics of space. David Golumbia, author of Cyberlibertarianism: The False Belief in Digital Liberation, on Bitcoin: The cryptopolitics of cryptocurrencies. How do you upset the French? With Judith Butler’s gender theory. Remakes keep flopping, but here are 4 reasons why Hollywood still makes them. Woody Allen, Quentin Tarantino, and the new liberal critique of Hollywood: Isaac Chotiner interviews Mark Harris, author of Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood. Ilham Tohti, the respected Uyghur economist, has been charged with separatism and faces ten years to life in prison in China.
Otto Pohl (Ghana): The False Charges of Treason Against the Crimean Tatars (2010). Austin Charron (Kansas): "Through the National Lens”: Nationality, Territory, and the Formation of “Crimean-Russian” Identity. Ivan Katchanovski (Ottawa): Small Nations but Great Differences: Political Orientations and Cultures of the Crimean Tatars and the Gagauz (2005). Who are the Crimean Tatars, and why are they important? They constitute a minority of significant size in Crimea that does not support Russian rule (and more). Crimea crisis: Thomas De Waal on three lessons from the Caucasus. Joe Pappalardo on how to annex another nation's territory: The Crimean invasion in 6 steps. Russian-sponsored territories: Over the past twenty years Russia has removed a set of territories from other countries — the intention now appears to be to carry out the same operation in Crimea, removing it from Ukraine. Kimberly Marten on 4 reasons why Crimea is not Abkhazia. Putin's war in Crimea could soon spread to eastern Ukraine and nobody — not the U.S., not NATO — can stop him. Putin’s bluff: U.S. spies say Russia won't invade Ukraine. Hayes Brown on 5 ways the U.S. can respond to Russia invading Ukraine — without going to war. Ukraine is just the latest example of Obama’s limited global influence: From Kiev to Kabul to Cairo, the U.S. president is a frustrated bystander (and more). John Cassidy on the U.S.’s Putin dilemma: Talk tough and then what? Kevin Drum on what is going to happen with Ukraine: “(a) the United States will play only a modest role in all this, and (b) conservative hawks will continue to think that if only we'd done just a little bit more, Putin would have blinked and Ukraine would be free”.