Demetri Papageorgiou discusses the Western caricature of Vladimir Putin and how it has prevented us from understanding Russia's motivations in Ukraine. Citing American exceptionalism, he bewails the lack of administrative foresight, and explains the lack of defined action against Russian 'imperialism'.
A new trial began this Friday for the two highest-ranking members of the Khmer Rouge, Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, for their part in the Cambodian Genocide. Kwame Newton argues that, with many of the trials occurring so long after the crimes themselves, even the harshest rulings seem somewhat irrelevant.
A report released last week on the U.S.-Japan alliance, which seems to prescribe a more powerful and assertive Japanese military, has put China on high alert. Zihao Liu argues that, despite the lack of militaristic feeling in Japan, the vague and foreboding language of the report will likely reinforce China’s mistrust of the U.S.-Japan alliance.