A Russian soldier speaks to foreign journalists in front of the ruined Metallurgical Combine Azovstal plant, in Mariupol, Ukraine, on the territory held by Donetsk People’s Republic forces, June 13, 2022. The siege of the plant was heavily covered by Russian embedded reporters.
Guillaume Sauvé notes that while Russian liberals called themselves “democrats,” their definition of democracy wasn’t so much the rule of the people as a country governed by “democrats,” i.e. people like themselves. They were thus less democratic than they imagined themselves to be. Even before the collapse of the Soviet Union, would-be reformers were pointing out that dismantling communism would produce severe economic pain which would stimulate popular resistance. Overcoming this resistance would require authoritarian measures, they argued.
Paul Robinson writes about the history and social connotations of the notion of liberalism in Russia. Liberalism has always had a narrow social base and has gravitated toward Westernism. This is Part I of a three-part series.
A narrow majority of likely voters think the United States should lead negotiations to end the Russian war in Ukraine “as soon as possible,” even if that means making compromises with Vladimir Putin, according to a new poll of Washington’s 9th Congressional District, an area that covers South Seattle, Bellevue, Mercer Island, and south King County.
Marlene Laruelle, the director of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at George Washington University, says the West needs to look at itself in the mirror and see it also helped create conditions for war to break out in Ukraine.
The principal American and Russian diplomats, Antony Blinken and Sergei Lavrov, have spoken precisely once since Russia launched its illegal invasion of Ukraine in February. [Read more…] about ACURA ViewPoint: James W. Carden: What Biden and Blinken Could Learn From Reagan and Shultz
The USSR prevented its citizens from traveling to the West during the Cold War, mimicking that now would be entirely counterproductive.
Despite Russia’s violent rejection of a NATO-centric Europe, the United States should still pursue its vision of a continent that will one day be “peaceful, whole, and free.” The alternative is a blood-soaked division of the continent, constantly prone to escalation into a direct conflict with Russia. The United States needs to adopt a different approach to achieving its vision.
Billions of people face the greatest cost-of-living crisis in a generation.
It should focus on our security at home instead.
It is beginning to appear that beyond the increasingly likely exchange of nuclear weapons strikes between the US and Russia there is yet another scenario for a nuclear catastrophe that in recent days has presented itself in Ukraine.
Adaptation — to a multipolar world in which Washington doesn’t always call the shots — is the first step.
MOSCOW, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Russia told the United States on Monday it would not allow its weapons to be inspected under the START nuclear arms control treaty for the time being because of travel restrictions imposed by Washington and its allies.
Krystal and Saagar give viewers a rundown of CBS News editing a documentary that reported on arms proliferation in Ukraine and the concerns about weapons ending up in the wrong hands.
The US should do everything in its power diplomatically to ensure that conflicts in Armenia-Azerbaijan and elsewhere aren’t reignited.
In the wake of sanctions against Russia, civilians are spending summer without work, news outlets, and affordable goods.
Have we forgotten?
Dr. Nicolai Petro, Professor of Political Science at the University of Rhode Island joins Dr. Michael Rossi of Rutgers for a discussion of current political, economic, social, and cultural developments and trends in Russia and Ukraine following the military invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
Years ago, I was an exchange student in the Soviet Union. Margaret Thatcher was prime minister of Britain, and Ronald Reagan president of the United States. The Soviets were fighting a war in Afghanistan. Martial law was in place in Poland. Soviet-Western relations were hardly what one might call “good.” And yet, one could go to the USSR as a student. There were numerous direct flights. Politicians and diplomats retained a degree of decorum in their language. And arms control agreements functioned reasonably successfully. Despite mutual hostility, both sides made an effort to keep doors open.
Compare that to today.
Author Robert Wright discusses the post‐Cold War history of US policies, particularly in Europe, that increased the likelihood of today’s ongoing war in Ukraine and the psychological factors influencing the climate of discourse in a time of war.