Brookings Today, 2/28/14

A roundup of some of the content published today by Brookings.

  • Whither Putin’s Olympic spirit? Brookings President Strobe Talbott argues that Putin is taking a winner-take-all approach to Ukraine and the world.

  • Ukraine’s perpetual balancing act. Steven Pifer explains why Ukraine’s leaders have often sought to have it both ways between the West and Russia.

  • Arab world’s learning crisis. In a new Brookings Cafeteria podcast, Hafez Ghanem and Liesbet Steer talk about the bleak picture for childrens’ learning in the Arab world.

  • America’s ambivalence. Robert Kagan observes that “the world never really loved America as much as Americans like to think.