Monthly Archives: April 2014

Beneath Ukraine crisis: Shale gas

The crisis gripping Ukraine has plunged transatlantic relations to their lowest point since the Cold War and threatens to send Ukraine into an armed conflict with potentially dire consequences for the country and the wider region. Moscow’s alleged meddling in eastern Ukraine and its earlier annexation of Crimea spurred worldwide rebukes and much international commentary […]

Lessons from the Syria sarin attack (or, why we were right to be war-weary)

Last summer, following a sarin nerve gas attack that left hundreds dead in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta on Aug. 21, it seemed that U.S. intervention in Syria was a foregone conclusion. Having witnessed the scenario play out time and again in recent years as the United States has prepared for military action against various […]

Senate torture report controversy: Is the CIA beyond accountability?

Thursday’s Senate vote to release part of a 6,300-page report on the CIA’s now-defunct rendition and torture program is something of a mixed blessing. On one hand, it is significant that the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has voted overwhelmingly to release the findings of the five-year study, which reportedly include details on how much […]