All Blog Posts Tagged 'Ukraine' (18)

Never Again? Rather, Never Until Next Time…

Twenty years ago today the world stood by while 1 million Tutsis we slaughtered in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Then, the world pledged those famous words—never again, the same words spoken after the Jewish Holocaust. Here we are twenty years later and the words never again seem to carry little weight. Our international system continues to value state sovereignty over humanitarian intervention and while its does, we continue to have spurs of genocide like that in the Darfur…


Added by Jolene Hansell on April 11, 2014 at 7:31am — No Comments

TransConflict - March 2014 Review

Dear All,


TransConflict is pleased to present a selection of articles published during March, plus updates from the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation…


Added by TransConflict on April 1, 2014 at 12:29pm — No Comments

Why should we care about Crimea?

Beyond the question of what exactly the Western powers expect of Russia and how likely it is that Russia will meet those expectations there is a more fundamental question that should be asked. Why should the west care what happens with Crimea? What US national interests, for example, are at stake there? What difference would it make if the people of Crimea decide to leave Ukraine – as the Kosovo Albanians did with Serbia – and join Russia. …


Added by TransConflict on March 10, 2014 at 12:58pm — No Comments

Party like it's 1914! Some thoughts on the crisis in Ukraine

One of the interesting aspects of the Ukraine/Crimea crisis is how it is stuck in very traditional modes of military and diplomatic behavior. As my friend Ondrej Roztomily remarked on Facebook when Russia occupied Crimea: ‘Party like it’s 1914!’. Or that could read 1814 or 1714.

The term ‘gunboat diplomacy’ has long been a metaphor but we have seen it in the literal sense of gunboats stationed off coastlines as a statement of intent and in order to physically blockade ports. We have seen…


Added by Roger Mac Ginty on March 10, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

US foreign policy and Ukraine

The US might form its policy around building and maintaining multilateral commitment to prevent, diffuse and contain conflicts, using its sense of right and wrong as the basis of a proactive and consistent diplomacy informed by local realities, sensitive to the interests, values and motivations of others and backed up when necessary by the credible threat of force exercised through the UN. …


Added by TransConflict on March 4, 2014 at 1:09pm — No Comments

This Week in European Conflict... March 3rd-10th, 2012.

  • The European Union pulled a TV ad from circulation and apologized after many considered it racist. The ad featured several non-Western martial artists who confront a white brunette (symbolizing Europe) with weaponry and ends with her surrounding them.
  • President Lukashenka of Belarus…

Added by Rebecca Sargent on March 11, 2012 at 4:52pm — No Comments

This Week in European Conflict… February 25th-March 3, 2012.

  • European Union leaders confirmed that Herman Van Rompuy will serve a second term as President of the European Council on Thursday. Van Rompuy has served as the President since December 2009.
  • A remote-controlled bomb injured 15 police officers and…

Added by Rebecca Sargent on March 3, 2012 at 12:03pm — No Comments

This Week in European Conflict... February 11th-18th, 2012.


Added by Rebecca Sargent on February 19, 2012 at 4:32pm — No Comments

This Week in European Conflict... February 4th-11th, 2012.

  • Tens of thousands of people took part in rallies across Europe on Saturday to protest against an international anti-piracy agreement they fear will curb their freedom to download movies and music for free and encourage internet surveillance.
  • Pro-Europe politician Sauli…

Added by Rebecca Sargent on February 12, 2012 at 7:43pm — No Comments

This Week in European Conflict... January 25th-February 4th, 2012.

  • The Council of Europe Commission for Human Rights warned this week of rising racism and xenophobia in Europe amid the current economic crisis, with austerity budgets undermining social rights and putting vulnerable groups at greater risk.  On Wednesday, British PM Cameron…

Added by Rebecca Sargent on February 5, 2012 at 3:32pm — No Comments

This Week in European Conflict... December 11th-17th, 2011.

  • The EU is set to restrict the sale of the main active substances needed for lethal injections to the United States. By Friday, the export of sodium thiopental will only be possible with special permission.
  • French President Sarkozy said that there are now clearly “two Europes”…

Added by Rebecca Sargent on December 18, 2011 at 7:16pm — No Comments

This Week in European Conflict... December 2nd-10th, 2011.

  • The top military commander in the US announced that he believes the eurozone is at great risk and warned that any breakup of the bloc could have serious consequences for the Pentagon. He warned of the potential for civil unrest after 26 of the 27 EU countries agreed to forge a tighter fiscal union.
  • On Sunday, opposition leader Sergei Udaltsov…

Added by Rebecca Sargent on December 11, 2011 at 3:28pm — No Comments

This week in conflict... September 17th-24th, 2010.

For a comprehensive summary of conflicts in the world for the week of September 17th-24th, 2010, visit

Added by Rebecca Sargent on September 24, 2010 at 5:25pm — No Comments

Ukraine: End of Orange Revolution, start of Stabilisation

“We can say goodbye to our democracy, our independence and our sovereignty” (outgoing President Yushchenko predicts a future with either Ms Tymoshenko or Mr Yanukovych as President)

“I'm quite happy because whoever is chosen today will be hated tomorrow by the majority of the country.” (Andrey Kurkov)

Ukraine's… Continue

Added by Ari Rusila on February 11, 2010 at 6:14am — No Comments

Ukraine: Choosing a New Way

“When we get Russian gas, the problem is not the supplier, but the fact that 80 percent of the pipeline is located in the Ukraine. We should look for independence not from Russia, but from such transit schemes,” (Gerhard Schroeder)

Just after 2004 Orange Revolution Ukraine took course towards Nato and EU, the new leadership had popular backing to fulfill fast forward hopes its policy. Instead of the fast forward progress scenarios the outcome…

Added by Ari Rusila on January 17, 2010 at 2:03pm — No Comments

Election in Moldova – NATO perspective blocked

Last week-end Moldova had parliamentary elections. The ruling Party of Communists won so no big change in politics is expected. Elections in EU’s border have however some significance as the new leadership will be the counterpart during period after EP elections influencing e.g. enlargement, partnership and security questions. Before Moldova (FYRO) Macedonia already had their voting and many ways very important elections in Ukraine are coming later.

Moldova is one of the… Continue

Added by Ari Rusila on April 8, 2009 at 7:30am — No Comments

Battlefield of Power Politics – Northern Black Sea

This post was first published in TH!NK ABOUT ITsite 6th March 2009 where you can also vote for article.

While my special interests are laying in Balkans I keep an eye on Northern Black Sea - Caucasus, Ukraine and Bessarabia. Events there sure have their impact also in Balkans – if not direct so at least through their geopolitical, security or economical consequences. Today’s Caucasus with its surrounding regions is a frontline of… Continue

Added by Ari Rusila on March 6, 2009 at 7:19am — No Comments

Mediation in the Ukraine

I recently met a Ukraine professor from the University in Lviv and helped to host her here in Maryland, USA.

Maryland has a terrific mediation program through the judiciary and has established through grnat funding 18 mediation and conflict resolution centers throughout the state, in addition, to funding many otehr programs in the state. I along with a national recognized mediator and trainer (Martin Krantiz from the National Institute of Mediation Education) have been invited to travel to… Continue

Added by Kate Cullen Palmisano, MSW on March 5, 2009 at 9:57am — No Comments

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