by David Pence and A. Joseph Lynch
THE PIVOT TO ASIA: A GREAT VISIT, A POOR SPEECH
Jan 25, 2015, President Obama became the first US President to visit India twice in his presidency. Meeting personally with the key Asian nationalists is one of the best ways President Obama can solidify his "pivot to the East." Their most important agreement renews American cooperation in building nuclear power plants in India. The actions of the president in coming to India's Republic Day were far more impressive than his sermon speech in which he again laid out his ideal of a gender neutral, religiously muted public life as the best road to prosperity and peace.
THE BATTLES IN UKRAINE: THE COMMUNAL TIES IN THE EASTERN OBLASTS
|Frontlines in Ukraine (January 13, 2015)|
FROM THE LEFT IN GREECE -- A NEW NATIONAL FRONT AGAINST
The new Greek government (with other nations to follow) has protested against the EU blaming Russia for the violence. The nations right and left are asserting themselves against the bureaucrats. Russia, meanwhile, has begun reinforcing three pivotal geopolitical frontlines: the Arctic, the Crimea, and Kaliningrad. Russia is also cultivating its friendship with the Orthodox nation of Greece. The long history of shared culture and religion binds Greece much more closely to Russia than to EU/NATO western Europe. The Greek economic and political crisis may see it look increasingly to Moscow rather than to Brussels.