Blog Posts: Russia

The legal and moral dimensions of a no-fly zone over Syria

Several former foreign-policy officials have proposed a "no-fly zone" over parts of Syria as a way of shielding civilians from attacks by government forces. President Obama and others have criticized the idea as likely to provoke a confrontation with Russia. Whatever the policy merits, a no-fly zone could have some justification in international law.
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No Comments | Posted by John A. Sorenson (Adam) on Wed. March 9, 2016 11:55 AM
Categories: Law of War, Refugees/Asylum, Reports (longer, analytical blog posts), Russia, Syria, United Nations

Russia suspends CIS trade deal after EU-Ukraine Pact

Bilateral trade is the latest casualty in the ongoing hostilities between Russia and the Ukraine. The EU-Ukraine Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area has provoked Russia to retaliatory trade bans and tariffs on the Ukraine, with a possible legal justification in the terms of an earlier free-trade relationship between those two countries.

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1 Comment | Posted by Kari M. Loomer on Tue. January 19, 2016 10:29 AM
Categories: European Union, Free Trade, Russia, Ukraine

Why is the ICC hesitating in eastern Ukraine?

Whatever the practical difficulties, the Rome Statute compels the ICC to pursue a full investigation of apparent war crimes and crimes against humanity in rebel-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine.

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No Comments | Posted by Jennie L. Cunningham on Wed. November 4, 2015 12:00 PM
Categories: International Criminal Court, Reports (longer, analytical blog posts), Russia, Ukraine

Russian Territorial Claim Collides with Convention on the Law of the Sea

While Russia is no longer one of the world’s two preeminent superpowers, its most recent filing with a United Nations commission aims to cement its position as the superpower in the Arctic.

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No Comments | Posted by Joseph A. Fleishman on Fri. September 18, 2015 8:18 AM
Categories: Climate Change, Energy, Natural resources, Russia, Shipping, Territorial disputes

UN Report: Escalation in Ukraine

The United Nations (UN) recently released a report drawing attention to escalating violence in Ukraine in violation of the Minsk agreement. There has been a marked surge in casualties that the UN Report attributes to an influx of Russian troops and heavy artillery. More than 6,000 people have been killed since the fighting started in April. Between December 1, 2014 and February 15, 2015, at least 1,012 people were killed and at least 3,793 were wounded in the conflict area of eastern Ukraine.

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Posted by Lauren F. Tonon on Sun. March 22, 2015 5:33 PM
Categories: European Union, Insurgency, Russia, Ukraine, United Nations

European Union Sanctions on Russia: Staying the Course

Russia’s activity in Ukraine is clearly illegal. Unless Russia makes a demonstrated effort to mitigate the conflict, the European Union must not end the sanctions. To do so would be tantamount to condoning Russia’s illegal behavior.

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Posted by Andrea Lynn Curley on Tue. January 27, 2015 12:55 PM
Categories: European Union, Russia, Ukraine, United Nations

Crimea is Only a Piece of a Much Larger Puzzle

Many of us who have been following the events unfolding in Ukraine for the past several weeks have experienced emotions ranging from apathy to horror. Regardless of the position of the rest of the international community, the Kremlin now says Ukraine’s Crimea region as a part of Russia. Many Ukrainians, including Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, are understandably outraged, calling the contrived annexation "a robbery on an international scale." Others throughout the world, including many Americans, are still asking questions akin to, “why does this matter?” To understand why it matters, we must attempt to understand the motivations of the autocrat pulling the strings, Vladimir Putin.

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1 Comment | Posted by Cory R. Busker on Thu. April 3, 2014 1:00 PM
Categories: Russia, Territorial disputes, Ukraine

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