Brute force attacks on Ukrainian websites of the kind that were used against Estonia and Georgia would risk collateral damage by inconveniencing and alienating the Russia-friendly populations in Eastern Ukraine, writes Keir Giles.
As long as Putin can come out of this looking like a political winner, he and his close allies are unlikely to be deterred. Their record in evading fundamental economic reform tells us that, for them, politics always trumps economics, writes Philip Hanson.
'It shows that increasingly, NATO isn't asked to take on conventional military challenges but will have to develop new capabilities, partnerships, doctrine, and strategy for coping with difficult asymmetric challenges,' says Julianne Smith.
The indiscriminate attacks 'contribute to the feeling of living in an unpredictable war zone,' and the 'flooding' of the north with government troops had made civilians feel antagonized and endangered, rather than safer, according to Sola Tayo.
'After the Orange Revolution she did nothing to reform economy and establish rule of law. Instead, she focused her attention on infighting inside the Orange Coalition in order to prepare her presidential race,' said Orysia Lutsevych.
The future of marijuana legalization will largely depend on the implementation and enforcement successes and failures of those local governments at the forefront of decriminalization and legalization initiatives, writes Claudia Hofmann.
'It is an opportunity for the international community, for the first time, to document in real detail the extents and the long-standing pattern of human rights abuse [in DPRK],' said John Swenson-Wright.