- Michael P. Barry, J.D., LL.M., Ph.D. Mount St. Mary's University Associate Professor of Economics

As we all watch the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, maybe it is a good time to consider our own views about the host country and its people. We all know the criticisms of Vladimir Putin and the Russian government. The Russian government deserves this criticism, but perhaps we Americans could push ourselves to think deeper about why Russians do what they do and think what they think. As an economist and lawyer who has lived in worked in both countries, I believe the very same is true about Russians and their thinking about Americans. Both sides need to see the good as well as the bad. Or at least think more about where there other is coming from.

Three thoughts for consideration might include: (1) Russia is more than Vladimir Putin; (2) Russia does have legitimate national interests to protect; and (3) both U.S. and Russian media serve their audiences with a very negative picture of each other's country. And maybe a fourth idea: we can do better....Click here to read more.