By Michael Haltzel
Republished from the Huffington Post, with the author’s permission.
Ukraine's decision to freeze its signing of a trade and cooperation agreement with the European Union in favor of a closer relationship with Russia constitutes a stunning triumph for Russian President Vladimir Putin, a major geopolitical defeat for the West, a stinging rebuke to the EU, and a tragedy for the long suffering Ukrainian people, a strong majority of whom see their country's destiny as part of Europe.
Since Ukraine gained independence with the collapse of the Soviet Union, its government has distinguished itself by corrupt, dysfunctional, and occasionally comical misrule. Nevertheless, the well-endowed country of forty-six million has enormous potential. As has often been noted, without Ukraine Russia will remain an upper mid-level power; with a subservient Ukraine firmly in its sphere of influence, Russia could hope to reclaim its status as a great power.Add a comment Add a comment
By Andreas Dafnos, Junior Scholar, Strategy International.*
Perceiving Greece as a land of “tribes” might offer a reasonable explanation why the country is still struggling to sort out and escape its internal imbalances. According to the Oxford Dictionary, the word “tribe” is defined as “a social division in a traditional society consisting of families or communities linked by social, economic, religious, or blood ties, with a common culture and dialect, typically having a recognized leader.” However, from a metaphorical point of view, the term is used to “simply describe an ‘in-group’ with a system of shared values, loyalty and a consensus on the objectives of operations” (Baskerville, 2009). Does this second conceptualization apply to Greek reality?Add a comment Add a comment