If the events in Ukraine are to appear as more than a series of disconnected events, you really must take the long view. So if you want to understand why it looked last night as though war was about to break out in the Crimea, perhaps take a look at this piece of analysis by Stratfor. It's a company that focuses on geography and history to explain what is happening in the world. Stratfor makes its money by signing up paying subscribers, but makes some of its work freely available. The book from which this is taken, The next hundred years, is also worth reading.
Sincere apologies to all first years. I've made a mistake with your portfolio deadline - it should have been next Monday (May 21st) at 5pm rather than today. So you have another week to file.
Entirely my fault. I mixed up 1st and 2nd year deadlines.
If you've already filed, and wish to update your pieces, then you can do so by scrolling down to 'My Unpublished Work' at the bottom left-hand column of the web site when you're logged in.
And of course, Richard and I are still happy to discuss individual submissions.