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by Nathan Hamm on 11/30/2004 · 1 comment

Looking for something totally unrelated to Ukraine, I stumbled across Johnson’s Russia List, one of those things I read from time to time. There’s a lot of interesting articles about Ukraine, including an article from Nikolai Petrov from the Carnegie Moscow Center on Russia’s big setback in Ukraine. Also check out James Wertsch’s comparison of the Georgia and Ukraine protests.

National Review has an interview with Bob Schaffer, the former Colorado Representative who helped monitor the Ukrainian election.

Writing for TCS, Melana Zyla Vickers has a list of things that would bolster Ukraine’s opposition. Though most of the power is in the hands of the people in the streets, Vickers points out two important ways that the US and Europe can help: 1) persuade or push Russia out of the picture; and, 2) step up public and behind-the-scenes pressure on Kuchma to do the right thing while providing him a graceful exit strategy.

I also have to recommend Andy’s post on a Ukrainian divorce. It isn’t that I think a split of Ukraine is a great idea (or that it would even amount to much), but most arguments against it are unconvincing. There’s a near-fetishistic obsession with maintaining current international borders that I can’t quite understand. Maybe Rand McNally is much more powerful than we all thought possible…

AFOE has some links worth reading. Highlights include the Guardian (!) going after the BHHRG and Crooked Timber on OSCE democracy promotion (which we all now know is near and dear to me).

UPDATE: I just read that whole Guardian piece on BHHRG, and wow! I can’t help but come away with the impressino that John Laughland is kind of like a British Bircher.

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