Top of Mind Thursday March 27, 2014: Playing Chicken, Kiev

Top of Mind Thursday
Last week Vladimir Putin kicked off an international crisis by taking advantage of unrest in the Ukraine to annex the little-known province of Crimea.

Leverage2Market LogoThe US and other Western nations responded with sanctions against Russia, and by kicking Russia out of the G8 international organization.

Where is this going? Too soon to tell. It’s always a bit scary when two of the biggest, most powerful world powers engage in a game of chicken.

Yet in spite of this, this week a Russian rocket lifted off for the International Space Station with US astronauts onboard. In the harsh environment of space, these individuals will be forced to rely on their comrades, regardless of nationality or the current political situation.

If we could only bring this sense of shared destiny and mutual reliance for survival back to earth, perhaps crises like this one could be avoided in the future.

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