Analysis

3 Reasons Why Ukraine Crisis Is More Dangerous than You Think
Pro-Kremlin activists rally in Moscow in support of ethnic Russians in Ukraine on March 10, 2014. The orange and black flags are St. George’s Ribbons, a well-known Russian symbol of military valor. The banner reads: “Ask the people.” (Dmitry Serebryakov/AFP/Getty Images)
March 10, 2014
| Security
| Europe
Summary
Increasing tensions between Washington and Moscow over Ukraine are a failure by each side to appreciate the mindset of the other. U.S. President Barack Obama sees the world as governed by international law and the United Nations Charter, while Russian President Vladimir Putin, a man who has jailed his critics, sent arms to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and has installed cronies as governors of Caucasus republics, sees the world very differently.

As Crimea moves to hold a referendum on joining Russia and the United States plans sanctions, those tensions will mount. Yet Obama’s approach to the crisis has almost no chance of succeeding and could make things worse, as administration officials have failed to grasp three crucial truths about this situation.


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