The Donald on Crimea

David Marples Donald J. Trump’s co-chairman, Sam Clovis, maintains that the presidential candidate “was thinking about something else” when he made his comments on Crimea to ABC network’s “This Week” program (July 31, 2016) (http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/trump-crimea-ukraine-sam-clovis-226501 ). Yet they are consistent with his astounding lack of knowledge about all parts of the world beyond the borders […]

THE ‘IMMINENT COLLAPSE’ OF RUSSIA: A RESPONSE TO ALEXANDER MOTYL

David Marples Alex Motyl’s most recent commentary on the imminent demise of Vladimir Putin’s Russia (Foreign Affairs, Jan 27, 2016: https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/russian-federation/2016-01-27/lights-out-putin-regime) provides a now familiar synopsis, based on broad simplifications, innuendos, and precious little hard analysis. Almost exactly one year ago, he provided a similar offering: https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/russia-fsu/2015-02-05/goodbye-putin and in mid-December another editorial in which he […]

Decentralization: Pros, Cons, and Prospects

David Marples Introduction The reform process in Ukraine introduced after the Euromaidan protests has a number of facets. One of the most critical falls under the headline “decentralization.” This paper explores what is meant by this term in the context of contemporary Ukraine. It also examines the prospects for the success of the reform, its […]