Eight Short Videos to Help Make Some Sense of the Conflict in Ukraine

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So much for the “spirit of international brotherhood” that the Olympics was supposed to inspire.

The crisis in Ukraine has reached a boiling point, with tensions between the United States and Russia at a level not seen since the Cold War. But in spite of the sometimes alarmist deluge of round-the-clock media coverage, it’s surprisingly challenging to sift through the noise and get a good grip on what’s actually going on. These seven short videos do a good job getting to the point and explaining specific aspects of the confrontation.

The latest developments (as of March 16)


A brief history of events leading up to this point

Russian-Ukraine Ties, Explained

Why Ukraine Matters So Much to Russia and the West

The Significance of Crimea

Prospects of U.S. military involvement

Cold War historical connections

Dig deeper into the conflict …

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