There is the growing disquiet in Washington that to its utter disbelief, the Russian stance has only hardened lately.
Portrayed by contemporary and later propagandists as a struggle between democracy and autocracy, the Great War was mainly a struggle between colonial empires that the status quo powers barely won at staggering cost. This is the war whose “real lessons” Hal Brands wants to teach us in a recent Bloomberg essay in order to promote a new round of great power rivalry with Russia and China today.
The upcoming Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference is the time to tackle it.
The ultimate decision over what America provides—and for what purposes—must be made in Washington, not Kiev.
Observers of what Ray McGovern, the former senior CIA analyst who has strayed welloff the reservation, dubs the MICIMATT (Military-Industrial-Congressional-Intelligence-Media-Academia-Think-Tank complex) had a field day last week, given that a shoal of MICIMATTers were gathered at a festivity hosted by the Aspen Security Institute in the balmy environs of Aspen, Colorado to discuss issues of the day. Attendees had the opportunity to hear a host of panjandra including CIA Director William Burns, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall, Under-Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo, relicts of former administrations such as Condoleezza Rice, the chiefs of staff of the U.S. military’s Northern, Southern, Special Operations, and Space commands, plus other thought leaders of the bipartisan consensus on war and aggression deliver cheery messages of triumphal bombast.
Now is the time for peace negotiations.
It is very likely that Russian President Vladimir Putin tipped his hand months ago regarding one of the end-of-war scenarios that at least he would accept as having achieved an important goal or even victory in his Ukrainian ‘special military operation’ otherwise known as the Russo-Ukrainian War. In his February 2022 speech, signaling his decision to take military action, Putin discussed Ukrainian decommunization efforts and condemned them, retorting: “You want decommunization, we will show you decommunization”.
The Government of Ukraine has issued a blacklist of individuals who they judge to be “promoting Russian propaganda” — including a number of prominent Western intellectuals.
The world is in the midst of the most dangerous European security crisis since World War II.
Both sides had been battling it out long before Moscow’s invasion, but it turned out money was no match for message in the end.
Directed by Oscar-nominee Judith Ehrlich, these two new short podcast videos explore the dangers of nuclear weapons and the politics that drive their existence. Hear firsthand accounts from Daniel Ellsberg about his time as a nuclear war planner for the U.S. military and learn hidden truth about realities of nuclear weapons.
What’s clear, on both sides of the Atlantic, is the growing realisation that Ukraine could well be Europe’s battleground for years to come.
Western press coverage of the war in Ukraine seems to have gone through a full cycle: from horror at the invasion to ebullience over Ukraine’s courageous victory around Kyiv to horror again as the bodies pile up in the Donbas region. A new, surprisingly candid analysis from the Russian side is revealing, regarding the state of the war and the ominous dangers that continue to lurk in the background.
The Atlantic Alliance has called Moscow its ‘most significant and direct threat,’ but how do both sides’ militaries actually compare?
Russia’s horrific war in Ukraine has sharply revived debate over charges of Russia’s fascist behavior.
Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus, known to history as Caligula, ruled as the Emperor of Rome from A.D. 37 to 41. For those who are unaware, Caligula, the great grandson of Rome’s first emperor, the brilliant Augustus Caesar, squandered the enormous wealth of the Roman State, declared himself to be a god, appointed his favorite racehorse to serve in the Roman Senate, and according to some sources, considered deifying the animal.
After a little less than four years in office, Caligula was removed. Rome’s citizens, as well as its legions, were spared the indignity of having to worship a dead horse.
Americans and Europeans are not so lucky.
If President Obama’s successors had stuck with his policy toward Ukraine, would there be a war there now?
Like a lot of recently published books about Russia, Joseph Weisberg’s intriguing and multi- faceted memoir has been overtaken by events in Ukraine. A far more dangerous Russo-Western conflict is taking the place of a ‘second cold war’. Yet Weisberg’s key message is even more relevant – the necessity to engage in new thinking about Russia based on what he calls ‘self-aware politics.’ The more conscious we are of the psychological as well as the intellectual roots of our personal politics, the better we will be able to understand and coexist peacefully with those who see things differently.
What explains America’s hyper-ideological response to the Ukraine crisis?
Should the U.S. give full military and political support to Ukraine in its war with Russia, short of sending troops? That was the subject of a Soho Forum debate held on Thursday, June 23, at the Porcupine Freedom Festival, or PorcFest, in Lancaster, New Hampshire.