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.
This message just in from Val Harper, foreign manager at the Sunday Times: On behalf of the Tom Walker Trust, The Sunday Times would like to invite proposals from your journalism students suggesting a foreign news story. They should submit their entry by email directly to me, they can submit more than one idea. The closing date is July 1st, 2010. They also need to attach their CV with their entry. The Tom Walker Trust was started a few years ago in memory of our dear colleague. This special award offers a great opportunity to a student wishing to tackle foreign affairs and to develop his or her own idea for a report in the field. The winner will receive £1,000, four weeks experience on the foreign desk at The Sunday Times and the chance to work with a senior correspondent as well as doing his/her own assignment.
The trustees of the TWT will announce the shortlist of names in July and those names will be invited to attend a final interview here at our offices in July/August. The winner will be announced shortly afterwards.Should you require any further details please do not hesitate to contact me.