News | March 11, 2014

Crisis in Ukraine - March 11, 2014

EWI offers a daily situation report on Ukraine's unfolding crisis, featuring key developments and links to number of analytical pieces from foregin policy experts around the world. 

 

Key Developments

  • Released details of the referendum offer two options to Crimean voters: to join the Russian Federation or to remain as a part of Ukraine under an abolished 1992 Crimean constitution that gave Crimea the status of an autonomous republic within Ukraine.
  • In what is seen as an American gesture of support for its eastern NATO allies, the U.S. has begun a series of military exercises with Poland.  Meanwhile, naval exercises in the Black Sea between the U.S., Bulgaria and Romania have been delayed by weather.  While the U.S. has claimed that both military exercises were planned before the onset of the Crimean crisis, Polish President Bronislav Komorowski expressed oblique concern for the Crimean situation.

Government Statements

Jen Psaki, “Daily Press Briefing – March 10, 2014 – Ukraine,” U.S. Department of State, March 10, 2014
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2014/03/223197.htm#UKRAINE

“U.S. Will Beef Up Air Operations in Poland,” U.S. Department of Defense, March 10, 2014
http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=121808
 

Analytical Pieces:

Eugene Chausovsky, “Ukraine’s Increasing Polarization and the Western Challenge,” Stratfor, March 11, 2014
http://www.stratfor.com/weekly/ukraines-increasing-polarization-and-western-challenge
Chausovsky is an Eurasia Analyst and Director of Europe and Former Soviet Union Analysis for Stratfor.

Bruce P. Jackson, “How to Overcome the Ukraine Stalemate,” The National Interest, March 11, 2014
http://nationalinterest.org/commentary/how-overcome-the-ukraine-stalemate-10029
Jackson is the president of the Project on Transitional Democracies.

William Partlett, “Yes, Crimeans Do Have a Choice – And a Good One,” The National Interest, March 11, 2014
http://nationalinterest.org/commentary/yes-crimeans-do-have-choice%E2%80%94-good-one-10026
Partlett is a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia Law School.

Jamie Metzl, “Back to the Future in Ukraine and Asia,” Project Syndicate, March 10, 2014
https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/jamie-f--metzl-says-that-russia-and-china-are-reenacting-nineteenth-century-norms-of-international-behavior
Metzl is a partner in a New York-based global investment firm and a senior fellow at the Asia Society.  He formerly served on the National Security Council and the State Department during the Clinton administration.

Alexander J. Motyl, “Is Losing Crimea a Loss?: What Russia Can Expect in Ukraine’s Rust Belt,” Foreign Affairs, March 10, 2014
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/141020/alexander-j-motyl/is-losing-crimea-a-loss
Motyl, an Ukrainian-Amerian, is a professor of political science at Rutgers University-Newark.

Kori Schake, “The White House Needs to Shut Up: Every time the administration opens its mouth, it’s only making things worse in Ukraine,” Foreign Policy, March 10, 2014
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/03/10/obama_putin_ukraine_russia
Schake is a fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Marina Lewycka, “Ukraine and the west: hot air and hypocrisy,” The Guardian, March 10, 2014
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/10/ukraine-and-west-hot-air-hypocrisy-crimea-russia

Leonid Bershidsky, “Anti-War Russians, an Endangered Minority,” Bloomberg, March 10, 2014
http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2014-03-10/anti-war-russians-an-endangered-minority

Video

National Interest Interview of Alexey Pushkov – March 10, 2014
http://nationalinterest.org/video/interview-alexey-pushkov-crimea-10031
Pushkov is the head of the foreign affairs committee within the Russian legislature.