Will Vladimir Putin or Barack Obama ultimately benefit most from the crisis in Ukraine? Most pundits are betting on the former. The Russian president has pulled off a bravura display of ruthless guile in seizing control of Crimea. His American counterpart has looked limited, calculating that Moscow will want an “off ramp” out of a crisis that currently seems to be going Moscow’s way.

Mar 12, 2014
Richard Gowan
Europe, United States
Peace and Security

As the crisis in Ukraine unfolds, twenty-one states are sending unarmed military observers at Kiev's request, but pro-Russian forces have thus far blocked their entry into Crimea.

Read the full Council on Foreign Relations article here

Mar 11, 2014
Richard Gowan
Europe
Peace and Security

An unarmed OSCE mission has arrived in the Ukraine, in the hope that this will enable a diplomatic solution to the crisis. A clever move, says Richard Gowan, an expert on EU security.

Read the full Deutsche Welle article here.

Mar 05, 2014
Richard Gowan
Europe
Peace and Security

In order to learn more about the foreign policy implications that have come to light during the Ukranian conflict, Joseph M. Nixon, reached out to speak with Richard Gowan, Associate Director of CIC.

Read the full Globalisation Cafe.com interview here.

Mar 01, 2014
Richard Gowan
Europe
Peace and Security

The Ukrainian crisis has aroused an ugly array of thugs, from the snipers who fired on protesters in Kiev to pro-Russian biker gangs. But numerous multilateral organizations have been implicated too.

Read the full World Politics Review article here.

Mar 03, 2014
Richard Gowan
Europe
Peace and Security

Russia agrees to a UN resolution on Syria.

Read the full Le Monde article here

Feb 23, 2014
Richard Gowan
Europe, Middle East, Syria
Peace and Security

Will the Ukrainian revolution help or harm the Syrian rebellion? The two uprisings currently appear to be on very different trajectories. It is three years since Syrian citizens began protests against President Bashar Assad, precipitating the cycle of violence that would lead to civil war. By contrast, Assad’s Ukrainian counterpart, Viktor Yanukovych, was forced from the capital, Kiev, last week after just three months of demonstrations. Assad may view Yanukovych’s humiliation as proof of the need for utter ruthlessness against his opponents. But the two men’s fates remain intertwined.

Feb 25, 2014
Richard Gowan
Europe, Middle East, Syria
Peace and Security

Germany has surprised many with its new-look approach to take on a more active, even military, role in dealing with global hotspots. The credit for that reversal goes to two people in particular.

Read the full Deutsche Welle article here.

Feb 21, 2014
Richard Gowan
Europe
Peace and Security

For three bloody years, Russian President Vladimir Putin has proved time and time again that his relationship with Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad is more important to him than winning the world's approval.

Read the full Foreign Policy article here.

Feb 13, 2014
Richard Gowan
Peace and Security

The morning after an aid convoy came under fire when it tried to reach a besieged Syrian city, a meeting here on a draft resolution that would force all parties in the bloody conflict to allow access for humanitarian organizations fell apart when representatives from Russia and China failed to show up, United Nations Security Council diplomats said.

Read the full New York Times article here

Feb 10, 2014
Richard Gowan
Peace and Security

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