The Crimea Conflict Brings State Sovereignty Back into the Conversation

While I'm not enough of a Eurasian scholar to understand the intricacies of the complex historical relationship between Russia, Crimea, and Ukraine, I have heard enough over the past few weeks to put together the ultimate premise at stake here: the sanctity of a state's borders vs. the collective consciousness of a people and where they feel they belong (and/or, where some other party feels that those people belong). This is an issue that I happen to know a thing or two about, albeit in a completely different context and under different circumstances. I won't pretend to understand the needs of the Crimean people as I might the needs of the Palestinians, but there are certain obvious parallels. This article from the New York Times presented an interesting accounting of different sorts of struggles with sovereignty and how the concept relates to the Crimean crisis today.