The U.S. is pursuing a variety of options to resolve the international crisis in Crimea. They range from sanctions to diplomacy.
The U.S. hopes sanctions and the potential scuttling of June's G8 conference in Sochi, Russia, will isolate Russia and its president Vladimir Putin. Sanctions seem to have worked (partly) against Iran regarding its nuclear program, but they have had little effect on the civil war in Syria, now entering its fourth year.
Isolation? Well, Russia's a big place with a lot of economic ties. How do you isolate something like that?
In invading Crimea and sponsoring a referendum to legitimize a "deannexation" of that region from Ukraine, Putin has hoped to present the West with a fait accompli in the Black Sea.
And the West may have to accept it.
Photo: Pro-Ukrainian sympathizers waving Ukrainian flags and chanting 'Russian Soldiers Out Of Crimea,' 'Glory To Ukraine' and 'Crimea Ukraine' gather on March 8, 2014 in Simferopol, Ukraine.
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The first week of March 2014 saw the most tension between the West and Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union. If you've gotten confused in the fluid events of the Ukraine/Crimea crisis, here's a basic overview to get you up to date.
The U-2 spy plane has been in service for nearly 60 years. Now, thanks to Pentagon budget cuts (and the advance of technology), the US fleet of U-2s may be making their final flights. Click here to check out the plane's storied past, and its pivotal role in US foreign policy.
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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced this week that the Pentagon is seeking $75 billion in budget cuts over the next two years. That has all kinds of implications, from retiring the U-2 to dropping the Army's manpower to pre-WWII limits.
But it might just strengthen the United States' foreign policy foundation as key nations around the world take note one of America's largest budget lines trimming its own requests.
And Hagel promises it won't adversely affect America's war-fighting abilities. (Thanks, technology.) Read more here.