Barricades at Independence Square in Kiev. The protests are viewed unfavorably in eastern Ukraine, the base of support for President Viktor F. Yanukovich.
It is twenty-five years since the collapse of communism in Central and Eastern Europe, and we ought to be celebrating. But a shadow has been cast over what sparse festivities were planned by the situation in Ukraine. It seems that we made a mistake in thinking it was all over, that the inscrutable Russian empire was only distracted for a few years, and that its demonic urge to control its neighbors is now fully revived. Or is there some other and more comforting explanation?
Published on Forbes online 3/3/14. To read the full article click here