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Podcast: War By Other Means

You say federalization, I say decentralization.
You say federalization, I say decentralization.
By Brian Whitmore

War may be politics by other means. But Vladimir Putin also understands that politics can be war by other means.

Having failed to achieve the destabilization of Ukraine on the battlefield, the Kremlin leader now appears to be trying to achieve that goal politically -- by forcing the separatist-held parts of Donbas back into Ukraine, with broad autonomy, as a Trojan horse.

Will Putin be able to achieve his goal of a Ukraine that is decentralized and federalized to the point of dysfunction? Or will the conflict in the Donbas end up being frozen?

On this week's Power Vertical Podcast, we discuss the diplomatic and political maneuvers that mark the latest phase of the Ukraine conflict. Joining me are Alexander Motyl, a professor at Rutgers University-Newark and author of numerous books on post-Soviet affairs and Steven Pifer, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and the former United States Ambassador to Ukraine.


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by: PermReader
August 01, 2015 13:28
The Donbass Troyan Horse is predicted.The nationalism of the "Great Ukraine" must be overcame and the assimilated part must be set free, otherwice the country will be in the Russian net.

by: elmer
August 02, 2015 16:22
Putler and his sovok mafia thugs have created a total wasteland - now they don't want it.

This reminds me of "The Ransom of Red Chief" in a way.

Putler's only plan is to keep creating wastelands under the pretext that the Rashan Federation is "under attack" so that he and his thieving thugs can remain in power.

It's an expensive proposition and it will all collapse before long - just like the sovok union.

by: JLNancy
August 03, 2015 03:41
Wonder if Steven Pifer forgot this Partnership?

Did Moscow’s promotion of Ukraine’s-Yanukovych’s Party of the Region erase or negate this Charter from practical political memory?

The Kremlin continues to intentionally minimize perceptions of Ukraine and its goals; the FSB relishes each planned distraction.

(Excerpt from )

United States-Ukraine Charter on Strategic Partnership
Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
Washington, DC
December 19, 2008


The United States of America and Ukraine:

1. Affirm the importance of our relationship as friends and strategic partners. We intend to deepen our partnership to the benefit of both nations and expand our cooperation across a broad spectrum of mutual priorities.

2. Emphasize that this cooperation between our two democracies is based on shared values and interests. These include expanding democracy and economic freedom, protecting security and territorial integrity, strengthening the rule of law, and supporting innovation and technological advances.

3. Stress our mutual desire to strengthen our relationship across the economic, political, diplomatic, cultural, and security fields.

4. Confirm the importance of the security assurances described in the Trilateral Statement by the Presidents of the U.S., Russian Federation and Ukraine of January 14, 1994, and the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances in connection with Ukraine’s accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons of December 5, 1994.

5. Affirm the Priorities for U.S.-Ukraine Cooperation (Road Map) signed on March 31, 2008 and the commitments to a strategic partnership made by Presidents Bush and Yushchenko on April 4, 2005.

Section I: Principles of Cooperation

(EXCERPT) This Charter is based on core principles and beliefs shared by both sides:

1. Support for each other’s sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and inviolability of borders constitutes the foundation of our bilateral relations.

2. Our friendship comes from mutual understanding and appreciation for the shared belief that democracy is the chief guarantor of security, prosperity and freedom.

3. Cooperation between democracies on defense and security is essential to respond effectively to threats to peace and security.

4. A strong, independent and democratic Ukraine, capable of responsible self-defense, contributes to the security and prosperity not only of all the people of Ukraine, but of a Europe whole, free and at peace.

by: JLNancy
August 03, 2015 03:45

Section II: Defense and Security Cooperation

(EXCERPT) The United States and Ukraine share a vital interest in a strong, independent, and democratic Ukraine. Deepening Ukraine’s integration into Euro-Atlantic institutions is a mutual priority. We plan to undertake a program of enhanced security cooperation intended to increase Ukrainian capabilities and to strengthen Ukraine’s candidacy for NATO membership.

1. Guided by the April 3, 2008 Bucharest Summit Declaration of the NATO North Atlantic Council and the April 4, 2008 Joint Statement of the NATO-Ukraine Commission, which affirmed that Ukraine will become a member of NATO.

2. Recognizing the persistence of threats to global peace and stability, the United States and Ukraine intend to expand the scope of their ongoing programs of cooperation and assistance on defense and security issues to defeat these threats and to promote peace and stability. A defense and security cooperation partnership between the United States and Ukraine is of benefit to both nations and the region.

3. Working within the framework of the NATO-Ukraine Commission, our goal is to gain agreement on a structured plan to increase interoperability and coordination of capabilities between NATO and Ukraine, including via enhanced training and equipment for Ukrainian armed forces.

Section III: Economic, Trade and Energy Cooperation

(EXCERPT) The United States and Ukraine intend to expand cooperation to enhance job creation and economic growth, support economic reform and liberalization, develop a business climate supportive of trade and investment and improve market access for goods and services. Recognizing that trade is essential for global economic growth, development, freedom and prosperity, the United States and Ukraine support the following initiatives:

4. Actively developing cooperation with Ukraine’s regions, iINCLUDING Crimea, the United States supports Ukraine’s plan to promote security, democracy and prosperity through expanded economic development, energy conservation, food security, and good governance initiatives. The United States and Ukraine also intend to cooperate in the area of public-private partnerships in regions of Ukraine aimed at supporting small and medium enterprises.

Section IV: Strengthening Democracy

(EXCERPT) Strengthening the rule of law, promoting reform of the legal system and of law enforcement structures and combating corruption are all of key importance to the well being of Ukraine. We intend to work together to support reform, democracy, tolerance and respect for all communities: (Included details !-7)

by: JLNancy
August 03, 2015 03:52

(Section V: Increasing People-to-People and Cultural Exchanges

(EXCERPT) The United States and Ukraine share a desire to increase our people-to-people contacts and enhance our cultural, educational and professional exchange programs that promote democracy and democratic values and increase mutual understanding.

1. Recognizing the vital importance of increased contact between the people of the United States and Ukraine, ---both sides intend to promote further cultural and social exchanges and activities through initiatives such as...

2. Stressing the necessity of innovation and dynamism to the future of our two countries, the United States and Ukraine intend to promote increased cooperation in higher education and scientific research...

3. Our two countries will continue to cooperate closely to promote remembrance and increased public awareness of the 1932-33 Great Famine (Holodomor) in Ukraine.

4. Ukraine welcomes the United States’ intention to establish an American diplomatic presence (American Presence Post) in Simferopol.

Signed at Washington, D.C. on December 19, 2008.

For the United States of America: Condoleezza Rice Secretary of State

For Ukraine: Volodymyr Ogryzko
In Response

by: Sharik from: Helsinki
August 03, 2015 19:16
Search of the Internet for photographs of the Holodomor.
Remember the immortal description from the pen of Joseph Conrad:

"The horror! The horror!"
In Response

by: JLNancy
August 04, 2015 08:40
Yes, Sharik from Helsinki.

And, pathetically, there is a very dramatic increase in the number of Russians who justify and glorify Stalin.

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