On 4 December Russian President Vladimir Putin gave his ‘state of the nation’ address to the Federal Assembly and an audience of over 1000 people. So, how was it as a speech? Continue reading President Putin Addresses the Nation
The speech by President Obama at the UN General Assembly this year did not please everyone…
Continue reading President Obama’s UN Speech: Negotiating with Terrorists
Diplomacy often looks like a precise, punctilious activity: dapper, discreet officials armed with quill pens and cucumber sandwiches crafting cunningly worded documents with multifarious shades of meaning. That’s an important part of it. But peep behind the curtain, and you see all sorts of squalid manoeuvrings and double-crossing. Continue reading The diplomacy of the Ukraine autonomy deal explained
Let’s hop back to 7 July 2009. President Obama is addressing New Economic School students in Moscow, his first major speech to a Russian audience since his election. Vice President Biden will soon be in Ukraine to spell out the new Administration’s policies there too. Continue reading Ukraine/Russia: Self-indulgent Speechwriting Pretending to be Policy
Fascinating question: if X responds badly to your action and cites your action as a reason for behaving badly, how far are you responsible for what X does?