A couple new posts to ring in the weekend:
With The Daily Beast, I took a look at the Western separatists drawn to Moscow:
Suffice it to say, the conference has thus far failed to galvanize any overwhelming separatist sentiment out of Honolulu, San Juan, or Austin. But outright secession isn’t Moscow’s immediate goal.
With The Intersection Project, I detailed the countries supporting Moscow in Crimea – and those who no longer do:
Thirteen nations in total, coming to Moscow’s aid. These are the states Russia’s cobbled in its efforts at aggrandizement. These are the nations Russia’s found willing to flip the Westphalian, post-Cold War order. A league of autocrats, with a pair of additional nations dependent on Russia for economic sustenance. A roster of strong-men, client-states, or humanitarian disaster zones – and sometimes a combination of all three. But even this dictatorial roll-call comes with qualifications. Instead of the full-throated support Moscow may have expected, the backing from these states has ended up somewhere between hedged and milquetoast.