Withdrawal establishes Russia as regional power

After months of protests from the West and in the midst of UN-led peace talks in Geneva, Russia started to partially withdraw its troops from Syria. Barry Strauss, a professor of history at Cornell University, says Putin’s strategic goal is to showcase Russia as a more reliable regional power than the United States. Bio: http://history.arts.cornell.edu/faculty-department-strauss.php […]

Putin’s immigration plan: Grab Russian labor with foreign land

Charles Geisler is a scholar on military land grabs, a team leader in Cornell University’s Institute for the Social Sciences project on Contested Global Landscapes, and professor of Development Sociology. He says that Russia’s military annexation of Crimea is as much about labor as it is about land. Geisler says: “Large-scale land acquisitions are occurring […]