What’s going on in the Ukraine?

Dan Drezner reports both on the events and one some of the commentary. DHinMi at Daily Kos has more.

Reading the two accounts together, it’s barely possible to credit the cravenness of the British journalists Drezner quotes, who clearly hope that Putin will be allowed to get away with making the Ukraine a Russian colony once again, and are trying hard to concoct reasons for tolerating it.

Update: A guest poster at Crooked Timber has more. Here’s a slightly bizarre twist: the current Ukrainian government tried to curry favor with BushCo by sending troops to Iraq, and the opposition, represented by Yuschenko, was against it from the beginning. Please, don’t anyone tell the warbloggers.

In the meantime, am I right in thinking that all of Blogland is united behind Yuschenko? If there’s an exception, please let me know.

Second update: A reader points me to A Fistful of Euros for ongoing coverage of the crisis. The latest: Kuchma has called for a new election, though not necessarily a clean one.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com