Ronald Tiersky, Amherst's Eastman professor of political science, recently offered Russian President Vladimir Putin some friendly advice: what goes around comes around.
Writing recently for the Huffington Post, Tiersky authored “an imaginary memo to President Putin from an Old Friend,” in which the old friend, “Pavel,” cautioned the Russian leader following the annexation of Crimea to not overplay his hand.
“Your magnificent speech of March 18 announcing Crimea's annexation hit the right notes: legitimate grievance, the greatness of Russia, personal glory,” wrote “Pavel.” “For the moment, everyone is looking at Moscow, everybody fears Russia. (It's almost like old times.)”
But “You have launched a dangerous game for Russia. If you know what you're doing then Russia is back. If you play badly, things will end badly, for you as well as Russia,” he concluded.