Published 31 August 2008
America , Politics & Policy
Tags: Betsy Jacobs, Bush, Clinton, cold war, Czech Republic, diplomacy, foreign policy, Georgia, international relations, Medvedev, military, NATO expansion, NATO Saakashvili, Obama, Poland, policy, Putin, Russia, Soviet Union, strategy
Russia is, once again, a big goddamned problem for America and NATO.
The invasion of Georgia is just the latest and most unavoidable sign of trouble — and most overt headache — in an international relationship that never gelled, as perhaps it should have, at the end of the Cold War. The recklessness provocation of Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili gave Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his sock-monkey, President Dimitri Medvedev, all the pretense required to remind NATO who controls the neighborhood.
Continue reading ‘Mishandling Russia’
Published 30 April 2007
Bio , India , Tenzing , Travel & Adventure
Tags: autorickshaw, backwaters, Betsy Jacobs, Chennai, Chennai Central, Deepa Krishnan, elephant, India, Kerala, Kochi, Kochin, Kuruchikuppam, Madras, Madurai, Malgudi, Namaste, Pondicherry, Puru Kothari, sleeper bus, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Tamil, Tamil Nadu, Tenzing, Varalaxmi Krishnan
More than one friend has complained that I have neglected to report on Tenzing’s visit to South India at the end of March. I have been a bit busy. But better late than never.
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