This picture and article are from yesterday's Financial Times. Well written. Pretty balanced. But still a very incomplete conclusion, that this was Putin's week, and that he rescued Obama, and that Putin is clearly the winner. Always the binary view: If you win, I lose. If I am right, you are wrong. You are either a friend or an enemy. In Philosophy, this worldview is called Manichaean - the world is starkly divided between the forces of Light and those of the Darkness, between Good and Evil. These completely separate and irreconcilable forces are in perpetual conflict, that will not be resolved until Armageddon and the Last Day, the Day of Judgment.
What is the Key For Success in Diplomacy? Not caring who gets the credit.