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.
With under a month until Euro 2012 we've decided to set up a fantasy league.
We would love any first years, second years, third years, MA students and even lecturers to join in and see who is the master of Euro 2012.
If you are interested, please visit: http://en.euro2012fantasy.uefa.com/
Then set up an account, create your team and join a Classic League.
It is a Private League and the pin code is 95496-22113. The league is called CforJ.