Foreign Policy Blogs

The FPA’s Must Reads (March 1 – March 7)


Ukraine soldiers have been on high alert this week as Russian forces seized Crimea. (US Army Europe Images)

Ukraine, Putin, and the West
The Editors

In one of the most insightful essays written about the Ukrainian crisis, n+1 starts from the beginning, the historical and institutional origins of the conflict, and traces it all the way to the struggle of today’s Western media to make sense of it all.

Spies, Lies, and Rape in the Air Force: An Undercover Agent’s Story
The Daily Beast
By Jacob Siegel

Early in her training, Jane Neubauer, a young air force cadet, was recruited by the Office of Special Investigations to spy on her fellow service members to bust drug rings. Neubauer claims that in the course of her undercover duty she was raped, but the military refuses to believe her. Jacob Siegel reports on the costs of the military’s efforts to combat its drug problem.

Pizza Hut’s 2,880-calorie monster: a taste of a burgeoning global food crisis
The Guardian
By Jay Rayner

Pizza Hut’s cheeseburger crust pizza—a pizza with literally 10 cheeseburgers on its crust—is no longer just latest and most graphic illustration of the U.K. and the U.S.’s health problem. In fact, it is now on sale in the Middle East and may be coming to China soon. Rayner examines how the demand of newly emerging middle classes are creating new health epidemics and increasing global food waste.

Britain’s KGB Sugar Daddy
The Daily Beast
By Michael Weiss

Michael Weiss thoroughly analyzes London’s addiction to the money of Russia’s plutocracy and how it incapacitates the U.K. from taking a strong stance against Vladimir Putin and his foreign policy.

The Steel in Barack Obama’s Spine
By Dennis Ross, Stephen Sestanovich, Danielle Pletka, Kenneth Roth, John McLaughlin, Kori Schake, Elliott Abrams

Politico asks leading foreign policy experts on what Barack Obama’s options are in confronting Russia and resolving the crisis in Ukraine.


Russia’s Incursion into Ukraine by Ian Bremmer
Crimea: The Alsace-Lorraine of the Black Sea by Scott Monje
Turkish Jewish Association Israel: The Turkey Crisis Won’t Affect Israel by Rachel Avraham
A Candid Discussion with Gareth Porter by Reza Akhlaghi
Can Mozambique be the Next LNG Hotbed? by Joe Gurowsky