Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials -- May 27, 2014

Petro Poroshenko, the billionaire owner of Ukrainian chocolate manufacture Roshen and president-elect of Ukraine, talks with Reuters reporters in Kiev on April 4, 2014. Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters/File

Ukraine's Autocratic New President -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

The first actions and pronouncements of the new Ukrainian president, billionaire Petro Poroshenko, suggest that he intends to be a strong-arm leader in the traditional post-Soviet mold. A worthy adversary for Russian President Vladimir Putin, perhaps, but not quite what the pro-European protesters wanted when they overthrew another authoritarian leader, Viktor Yanukovych, just three months ago.

Of the 15 former Soviet republics, only Moldova and two Baltic states -- Estonia and, to a lesser extent, Lithuania -- settled on a parliamentary republic as their form of government, though this is the dominant model throughout Europe. The rest opted for strong presidents, who quickly evolved into dictators in Central Asia, Russia and Belarus.

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Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials

War and Murder in Eastern Ukraine -- Anna Nemtsova, Daily Beast

Ukraine crisis analysis: There is no chance of the offensive ending within weeks, let alone hours -- Kim Sengupta, The Independent

Ukraine’s 'chocolate king' signals strong ties to West, yet can't quit Russia -- Howard LaFranchi, CSM

US Ambassador: Russian Involvement in Ukraine Hard to Deny -- VOA

U.S.-Saudi relations still strained by Syria -- Liz Sly, Washington Post

How Not to Find Closure in Iraq -- Rob Kunzig, Politico Magazine

Israel better off with Arab tyrants -- Smadar Perry, YNet News

The Master Plan: How to Avoid a Dangerous U.S.-China Rivalry -- Mira Rapp-Hooper, National Interest

Voices of Egypt's voters on presidential election -- AP

Lurching Right: UKIP Win Creates Pressure for Cameron and Europe -- Carsten Volkery, Spiegel Online

Why Washington Will Worry About UKIP's Rise -- Tom Rogan, Daily Telegraph

The Pope's Holy-Land Trip Wasn't About the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict -- Emma Green, The Atlantic

Obama's half-full, half-empty Afghanistan plan -- Anna Mulrine, CSM

Obama’s Split-the-Difference Foreign Policy -- Max Boot, Commentary

Superpowers Don't Get to Retire -- Robert Kagan, New Republic

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