McDonald’s Response to the Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine

McDonald’s opened its first restaurant in Russia in 1990, after a decade of negotiations. In 2022, in the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and after two months of temporarily closing its restaurants, McDonald’s announced the closure of its chain of 850 restaurants employing over sixty-thousand people, saying that remaining in Russia would not be … Continue reading McDonald’s Response to the Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine

Political Narratives of the Russo-Ukraine War

A rising discussion of political narratives seems to have reached a crescendo in the first months of the David and Goliath Russo-Ukrainian War. The idea of a narrative is an attractive way to help people stay on script, but if you stick with a narrative, surely it must square with the facts. The Russian narrative … Continue reading Political Narratives of the Russo-Ukraine War

Wars will be televised

Speculation about why the Ukraine War has been so closely followed around the world has been ongoing, often critical of the attention given Ukraine in comparison with other conflicts across the world. But one reason must reside in the incredible, breathtaking coverage on broadcast and news media, but also over new alternative media, including social … Continue reading Wars will be televised

The War of Words over Ukraine

Military conflict tied to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine is largely contained within the nation, while the world looks on feeling helpless. But there is another conflict over Ukraine – a worldwide war of words on the internet, social media, and over mass media in four interrelated areas. It is important and you can … Continue reading The War of Words over Ukraine

Three Musketeers Needed in Europe

Europe Needs ‘The Three Musketeers’: A Personal Perspective NATO ‘s evocation of the spirit of ‘all for one and one for all’ is soiling the reputation of ‘The Three Musketeers’.[1] Alexandre Dumas’s The Three Musketeers was first published in 1844, providing a fictional account of four (not three) heroic musketeers over the 17th and 18th … Continue reading Three Musketeers Needed in Europe

Remember the General Assembly Vote

141 nations voted in favour of the UN General Assembly motion condemning the invasion of Ukraine. Beyond the two nations – Russia and Belarus – responsible for the invasion of Ukraine, only three countries voted against the resolution approved by the UN General Assembly: North Korea, Eritrea, and Syria. While this was a strong endorsement … Continue reading Remember the General Assembly Vote

A Message to the Russian People from Ukraine

[The following is an email message on 1 March 2022 from a colleague in Ukraine, which she received from a former doctoral student now living in Kyiv. While English is not the writer's first language, I'll post this with very little editing to convey its more personal experience of being in Ukraine during the 2022 … Continue reading A Message to the Russian People from Ukraine

Hold a Mirror Up to Russia

Hold a Mirror Up to Russia and the World in Ukraine: Avoid Censorship There is a UK debate over the wisdom of allowing RT Russia to broadcast, given its breach of broadcasting rules enforcing impartiality. During Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, launched today, this debate needs to be broadened and more seriously considered in the … Continue reading Hold a Mirror Up to Russia

Understanding Conflicts in Ukraine

I recommend a 2015 - but still quite relevant - book on the international political situation in Ukraine by Menon and Rumer.* The authors provide a very accessible background on the history of Ukraine, and the evolution of contemporary relationships both within the country and internationally, with Russia, the US, and Germany, France, the UK … Continue reading Understanding Conflicts in Ukraine

The War on Information and the Fifth Estate

Peter Pomerantsev, speaking about the role of the mass media in Russia, coined a valuable phrase, arguing that President Putin was not involved in an information war, as much as a ‘war on information’.* This is certainly seems to me to be an apt characterization of the Russian President’s strategy in debates over Ukraine. His … Continue reading The War on Information and the Fifth Estate