Tag Archives: Russia

A Losing Battle: International Law Against National Law

The force behind international law becomes compromised as key players in the international community put sovereignty before international agreements. Continue reading

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The Conflict No One Talks About: A Window of Opportunity for Azerbaijan

The outbreak of international crises and the Western standoff with Russia provides Azerbaijan with a unique opportunity to recapture Nagorno-Karabakh. Continue reading

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MH17: Shooting Downs Hope for Separatist Independence in Ukraine

Until this past week, Western sanctions against Russia and Ukrainian separatists were largely symbolic. No one wanted an escalation, and from the lukewarm nature of the western response, the United States and Western Europe did not believe that the Russian-backed … Continue reading

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Right To Be Forgotten: A Win for Censorship?

The recent European Court of Justice (EJC) ruling took on a novel facet of an ageless question–to what extent are we able to ‘move beyond’ past history, or will prior actions, statements, or political beliefs continual to weigh us down? … Continue reading

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Fears Unfounded: Russia and Narva

With Putin’s recent encouragement of Crimean independence and subsequent unification with the Russian mainland, some fear that the annexation of Crimea may have been just the first in a number of “territorial rectifications.” In particular, analysts point to Eastern Estonia … Continue reading

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Russia and Crimea: International Law and Sovereignty

When Barack Obama characterized Russia’s behavior as a “violation of international law,” his words were not strictly true. Obama was referring to the official United States policy that Russia’s military intervention and protectionist presence within the Crimea region transgressed the … Continue reading

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Syria’s Compliance: A Litmus Test

Originally posted at the Penn Political Review Last week, Bashar Al-Assad made a major decision in allowing international inspectors to inspect and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile. The reaction of the international community to Assad’s compliance will play an important role in … Continue reading

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The Impact of Russia’s Play in Syria on the South Caucuses

Originally published at the Penn Political Review online blog When Vladimir Putin challenged Barack Obama’s willingness to enforce his “red line” of no chemical weapon usage in Syria, the international consensus hailed Russia as the clear winner of the confrontation. … Continue reading

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