If sanctions related to Russia's annexation of Crimea intensify, Russia may speed efforts to boost its industrial and energy ties in Asia.
Putin uses force for the Crimea secession and the West retaliates with sanctions. As power plays escalate over Ukraine's future, everyone should remember that power and influence are not really at stake.
Reactions in the region have ranged from name calling to accusations of Russian meddling to observations of declining world powers.
Where is Europe as Vladimir Putin is about to pocket Crimea? Or more to the point: Who is Europe? As Putin’s Crimean gambit unfolds, we don’t hear much from London and Paris. Germany has moved to center stage, touting its responsibility for world order and taking a more active role.