Putin in a Tight Spot, Cyr Analyzes Current Events

Jul 24, 2014

On July 18, 2014, President Putin's meeting on economic issues began with a moment of silence in honour of victims of plane crash over Ukrainian territory
Credit Presidential Press and Information Office

Late yesterday afternoon, Dutch investigators were finally allowed access to the Malaysian jetliner that was shot down over rebel-held territory in Ukraine.  The bodies that have been recovered are being transported back to the Netherlands, where the flight took off last week.  

International outrage is growing, along with calls for Russian president Vladimir Putin's government to act decisively to quell the pro-Russian uprising in that part of Ukraine.  Numerous reports have shown evidence that Russia provided the sophisticated anti-aircraft technology that brought the plane down.

Art Cyr, Lake Effect's regular foreign policy contributor, has examined how much world politics and policy has evolved since World War I and how it impacts the way we examine the current events today.

"A hundred years later, we have an international community and a sense of the rule of law that's very different from the world in 1914," says Cyr. "And that's something that we should keep in mind in learning about these gruesome details."

Cyr is Lake Effect's regular foreign policy contributor and the Claussen Professor of Political Economy and World Business at Carthage College in Kenosha.