Monday, March 3, 2014

Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials -- March 3, 2014

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C), Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (L) and head of the Russian army's main department of combat preparation Ivan Buvaltsev watch military exercises at the Kirillovsky firing ground in the Leningrad region, March 3, 2014. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

As China Looks On, Putin Poses Risky Dilemma For The West -- David Rohde, Reuters

(Reuters) - One senior Obama administration official called Vladimir Putin's actions in the Ukraine "outrageous." A second described them as an "outlaw act." A third said his brazen use of military force harked back to a past century.

"What we see here are distinctly 19th and 20th century decisions made by President Putin," said the official who spoke on condition of anonymity to a group of reporters. "But what he needs to understand is that in terms of his economy, he lives in the 21st century world, an interdependent world."

James Jeffrey, a retired career U.S. diplomat, said that view of Putin's mindset cripples the United States' response to the Russian leader. The issue is not that Putin fails to grasp the promise of western-style democratic capitalism. It is that he and other American rivals flatly reject it.

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Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials

Russia Prepares for Occupation After Winning Control of Crimea -- Adam Chandler, The Wire

Ukraine crisis: Would Putin shut off gas again? -- David Unger, Christian Science Montior

Nato ‘betrayal’ and Brussels rhetoric pushing Vladimir Putin to act -- Mary Dejevsky, The Independent

Cold War II? Obama legacy hangs on Russia -- Lesley Clark and Anita Kumar, McClatchy Washington Bureau

4 Reasons Putin Is Already Losing in Ukraine -- Simon Shuster, Time

Please stop calling this ‘The New Cold War’ -- Jonathan Kay, National Post

Life and a death sentence in rebel-held Damascus -- Reuters

Obama's contingency plans in Afghanistan -- Lawrence Korb, Al Jazeera

Can We Afford Another Failed State in Afghanistan? Beyond the 2014 Drawdown -- Zaman Stanizai, Huffington Post

Indonesia’s South China Sea Options -- Clint Richards, The Diplomat

Xi Jinping consolidates power and stabilizes China -- David Ignatius, Washington Post

Tibet’s Enduring Defiance -- Tsering Worser, New York Times

Can Catherine Samba-Panza save the Central African Republic? -- David Smith, The Guardian

Venezuela’s Maduro faces hard choices -- Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald

This is not Ukraine: Venezuela will erode, not explode -- Ian Bremmer, Reuters

How the global banana industry is killing the world’s favorite fruit -- Gwynn Guilford, Quartz

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