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The Oberlin Review

Russian Connections Warrant Investigation

Nathan Carpenter, Contributing Opinions Editor
February 17
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

One of the most disturbing stories to come out of the brutal 2016 U.S. presidential election cycle was that Russian operatives, publicly encouraged by then-candidate Donald Trump, had allegedly hacked the Democratic National Committee in an attempt to tip the scales towards Trump, a much more pro-Russ...

Federal Government Adopts Hypocritical Policy on War Crimes

Sean Para, Columnist
April 8
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The list of Russian violations of international treaties and human rights in the past two and a half decades is astounding in its lawlessness. The two Chechen Wars from 1994–1996 and from 1999–2009 resulted in an incredible number of civilian casualties, so many so that some have called it a geno...

Doping Ruins Trust

Sarena Malsin, Sports Editor
November 20
Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

Call me a biased athlete and sports editor, but sports competitions are one of the last bastions of positive and wholesome interaction be­tween countries. They pro­vide this incredible escape for everybody to care about something within a smaller scope than global politics. They serve as a funnel for...

Russia Prevents Ukraine from Joining West

Sean Para, Columnist
November 6
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The calm that has settled over eastern Ukraine in the past two months has been billed by many as a victory for the West. Russia, as the narrative goes, has failed to take over the territory as it had originally intended. The Russian economy has been battered by sanctions and the drop in oil prices, a s...

Abandonment of Ukraine Allows Conflict to Drag On

Sean Para, Columnist
October 2
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Mass media has covered little of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine over the past few months. Since the success of February’s Minsk-2 accords, large-scale fighting has abated in Eastern Ukraine. Nonetheless, violence continues. Small numbers of soldiers in both the Ukrainian and rebel armed forces are stil...

Settlement Necessary to End Syrian Crisis

Sean Para, Columnist
September 25
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Syria has now been embroiled in a brutal civil war for four and a half years. The conflict has morphed into a proxy war as various powers compete for influence on the ground and seek to use Syria to further their larger foreign policy aims. The country is entirely fractured. The only way to end this morass...

Eastern Europe Still Endures Russian Influence

Sean Para, Columnist
September 18
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The U.S.-Russian relationship has changed dramatically in the past year and a half. After more than two decades of cooperation, the old foes have returned to their previous antagonism. The cause — the Ukraine Crisis and ensuing war in the Donbass — continues to smolder and drive the two powers apart....

Great Power Politics Return to International Relations

Sean Para, Columnist
September 4
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Last year was a watershed year in international relations. We are seeing its dramatic effects this year and will continue to do so in many ways, as 2014 marked a return to previous Great Powers’ political relationships. First of all, the Ukraine Crisis and ensuing civil war in Donbass laid bare ...

Nemtsov Killing Should Prompt Introspection Alongside Condemnation

Editorial Board
March 6
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

When prominent Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was shot dead on a Moscow street last Friday, days before he was slated to lead a major anti-government protest, global leaders rallied behind familiar cries. Nemtsov, an ardent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, had been well known since...

Putin’s Government Prioritizes Russian State at Expense of People

Andrew Fedorov, Contributing Writer
September 12
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Since the early 1940s, my grandfather has kept track of the price of bread. During the Second World War, while living in Chelyabinsk, a major industrial city in Russia’s Ural Mountains, he starved to the point of puffing up. Since then, he has tracked the state of the world by checking how his local...

Ukraine Standoff Brings Attention Back to Great Power Politics

Sean Para, Columnist
March 11
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

What a few weeks ago was just a political crisis within Ukraine has now morphed into a power struggle between the United States, Russia, China, Great Britain, France and Germany over the fate of Eastern Europe. Contradictory stories of the events in Ukraine have been presented — one by the Western...

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