This is an insightful, must-read article from the Japan Times. Check it out!
Let me give you a flavor:
Putin seems to be betting that the West is a paper tiger, unable to stand up to a Russian government with a focused and hungry eye on its former territories. That bet looks to be an increasingly long shot.
Personally, I see another twist to this story. I think that Putin’s policy is in direct response to President Obama’s foreign policy and military strategies – the latter are weak, confused and ineffective. I wonder if Obama or Putin is the greater risk?