Thursday Jan 29, 2015 Search
Weather | Athens
14o C
8o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Geopolitical games

By Alexis Papachelas

In terms of the level of its leadership and capabilities in the sphere of geopolitics, the way the West is handling the Ukrainian crisis ought to trouble us. Neither the Americans nor the Europeans should be feeling particularly proud of the way they are handling developments.

A basic rule of international relations says that you don’t get involved in a dangerous venture unless you calculate all possible risks.

Westerners encouraged the protests in Kiev and the ouster of the government. They played the game rather openly, even though they knew only too well they were messing with what former US National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski referred to as Russia’s “strategic backyard.”

But even this encouragement was handed out with a certain stinginess, as they knew that what they were actually selling was the European dream.

When Russian President Vladimir Putin decided to intervene in Crimea, Europeans all followed their own realpolitik, while the Americans are trying to pick up the pieces of their policy. All of this had been predicted by America’s wise men in the field of foreign affairs, among others.

In his most recent book, former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates notes that it would be crazy for anyone to try to persuade Ukraine to become a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. This he explains is because anyone who knows the region’s geopolitical A to Z understands that Russia would respond to such a scenario and that no US or European administration would go to war to defend Ukraine.

So this is where things stand today. President Barack Obama is displaying an image of inefficiency and strategic disengagement from Washington’s obligations. From North Korea to Syria, all the international players who are sources of concern for him and his government willreach their own conclusions on his position.

Meanwhile, European leaders are all looking after their own interests while the absence of leaders of the caliber of Charles de Gaulle, Helmut Kohl or Margaret Thatcher has now become blatantly obvious.

Westerners appear to have fallen asleep following the end of the Cold War as they entertained themselves by getting former Russian President Boris Yeltsin drunk.

These days they are probably realizing the limits of their own influence as the smooth power of the European Union is adequate when it comes to geopolitical marketing, but not enough for the sort of tough geopolitical games going on right now.

ekathimerini.com , Tuesday March 4, 2014 (21:33)  
Kotzias, Dugin and the EU
Islam and the cultural narcissism of the West
New Democracy’s challenges
Keep politics out of school
EU extends existing Russia sanctions as Greece brings doubt over new measures
European Union foreign ministers agreed on Thursday to extend existing sanctions against Russia by six months but were still debating whether to impose new measures, with the new government ...
Venizelos to stay on as PASOK chief until May
Evangelos Venizelos has said that he will stay on as PASOK leader until the socialist party's congress in May. Speaking Thursday during the first meeting of the party's parliamentary group a...
Inside News
Stocks recover after shocking three-day slide
Morgan Stanley’s estimate that there is still value in the local market, and Wednesday’s excessive slide, resulted in stock prices posting a notable correction on Thursday. The Athens Exchan...
Finance Ministry says Dijsselbloem visit will kick off debt talks
This week's visit to Athens by the head of the eurozone finance ministers' group will mark the start of Greece's negotiations on changing the conditions of its international bailout accord, ...
Inside Business
SOCCER
OFI docked more points and banned until it settles debts
Crisis club OFI Crete has been banned from playing in the Greek Super League until it is able to clear mounting debts with its staff. The league said on Thursday that OFI would not fulfil it...
SOCCER
PAOK strikes deal with Portugal´s Ricardo Costa
PAOK announced on Tuesday its agreement with Portuguese international defender Ricardo Costa. The Thessaloniki club added that the player is expected on Wednesday to undergo a medical test a...
Inside Sports
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. OFI docked more points and banned until it settles debts
2. EU extends existing Russia sanctions as Greece brings doubt over new measures
3. Stocks recover after shocking three-day slide
4. Venizelos to stay on as PASOK chief until May
5. New Greek finance minister to visit UK, France, Italy
6. New defense minister to visit Cyprus
more news
Today
This Week
1. Greece wants a debt break, but what about its poorer neighbors?
2. $11 billion wiped from Greek banks on nationalization threat
3. Investors turn on Tsipras’s campaign to end austerity in Greece
4. Varoufakis says Russia row not about sanctions, but proper consultation
5. Greek banks rebound as gov't cites inexperience for remarks
6. Schulz warns Tsipras against straying from stance against Russia, ahead of Athens meeting
Today
This Week
1. Greek Elections 2015 | LIVE
2. SYRIZA heads for historic victory but without majority
3. Greek Elections 2015 | LIVE
4. Greeks fork out nearly 5 pct of their incomes on telecom services
5. Greek Elections 2015: The day after | LIVE
6. Poll shows SYRIZA leading ND by 4 pct
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2015, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.