The National Endowment for Democracy at Work

The National Endowment for Democracy at Work

Lengthy but interesting description of the infiltration and subversion methods used to bring down Slobodan Milosevic in Serbia in 2000. The context is similiar to Ukraine; a corrupt and thuggish President presiding over a weakly authoritarian government in an ex-communist country. Of course Milosevic killed a lot more people then Yanukovych, but Yanukovych required more violence to overthrow and his flight to Moscow split the country and triggered a Russian intervention. That, IMO is what has made Ukraine different to Serbia. In the 1990s Russia was on the floor and led by a weak leader. Today it’s still pretty ramshackle, but the checks on Western actions in Syria & Ukraine mark the return of Russia as an active force in international & European affairs. Their splitting of Georgia into three chunks in 2008 and the arguements they use about intervening to protect the rights of Russian speakers mirror the tactics used by the West in Kosovo. They do say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. We shall have to update our political arguements!

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