Category: Walter Connor

Russia’s Crimea takeover breeding anarchy and fear throughout East

Los Angeles Times Walter Connor, College of Arts & Sciences Russian President Vladimir Putin’s unimpeded success in annexing Crimea has inspired Russian nationalists in eastern Ukraine to seize territory and sown fear region-wide that such provocations will spur Moscow to intervene on behalf of ethnic Russians… Expert quote: “The mob actions taking place in the eastern cities are not […]

Obama sanctions more Russians over Crimea, but keeps US energy weapon sheathed

Christian Science Monitor Walter Connor, College of Arts & Sciences President Obama stepped up the US response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea Thursday, blocking an additional 20 Russians from visiting or doing business with the United States. Most are prominent Russian oligarchs with ties to banks and occupy government posts… Expert quote: “The U.S. must take a long […]

Putin defies Obama, troops take Crimea

Boston Herald Walter Connor, College of Arts & Sciences Russian President Vladimir Putin’s troops took over Crimea yesterday, defying President Obama’s warnings to stand down and dramatically raising the stakes in a showdown where the United States has limited military and political options, experts say… Expert quote: “They made that particular point. They did not […]

POV: Sochi, with a Side Trip to Kiev – Putin’s Olympics made him look good, then Ukraine exploded

BU Today By Walter Connor, College of Arts & Sciences For Russia, hosting the Olympics was a matter of asserting its arrival in the “respectable” world, while denying that there was any legitimate question of its always having belonged there… View full article by expert Walter Connor

Why Ukraine is staying in Russia’s orbit instead of turning West

Los Angeles Times Walter Connor, College of Arts & Sciences The European Union economy is six times bigger than that of the post-Soviet Commonwealth of Independent States, and the average EU citizen earns more than three times as much as a  counterpart in the eastern alliance… Expert quote: “Russia still has the whip hand with […]

Snowden asylum a ‘slap in the face’ to Obama, but does it herald a return to the Cold War?

National Post Walter Connor, College of Arts & Sciences President Barack Obama is giving Russian leader Vladimir Putin the cold shoulder, but does it herald a return to the Cold War?… Expert quote: “This is a situation largely of Putin’s own making. There is a tendency on the part of his crew and himself to […]