Ottawa Citizen: Far-right extremists in Ukraine claim to receive training from Canadian Forces

The study from an institute at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., tracked social media accounts of the far-right group Centuria, documenting its Ukrainian military members giving Nazi salutes, promoting white nationalism and praising members of Nazi SS units.


Andrew Fetter: US-Russia Strategic Stability Dialogue: Why It’s Good to Talk

The symbolism of the two-leading nuclear-armed states recognising the dangers of a more complex and perhaps dangerous global nuclear order is significant, and neither party will lose anything by seeking to better understand the potential flashpoints and pathways that could lead to conflict and even the use of nuclear weapons in the years ahead, writes Valdai Club expert Andrew Futter.

Aris Roussinos: How France Conquered Europe (…and may end NATO)

When the two countries came to the brink of war last year, it was France, alone among all EU and Nato countries, that supported Greece, both diplomatically and through its deployment of French warships and fighter jets to the eastern Mediterranean. Under Macron, France has become, simply, Greece’s strategic patron, an informal relationship the new agreement has now formalised.

Kelley Beaucar Vlahos: Lithuania wants to be the new Eastern outpost for US empire

The U.S. military most resembles its Roman counterparts of two millennia ago: welcome in their Eastern client states and on Rome’s terms, all for the protection of the realm. Official Washington continues to encourage this, most recently including the “Sustaining Deterrence in Europe” initiative in the massive National Defense Authorization Act, which would position more U.S. and NATO troops in Russia’s backyard.

Paul Robinson: On the military ‘interventions’ carried out by Russia

A new study published by the RAND Corporation, entitled ‘Russia’s Military Interventions: Patterns, Drivers, and Signposts’ analyzes instances of Russian military intervention in the post-Soviet era and concludes that prevention of loss is one of the main motivators.

PODCAST: ACURA’s James W. Carden Talks to Libertarian Institute’s Scott Horton

Scott is joined by James Carden to discuss a possible silver lining to the new and unnecessary anti-China pact between Australia, the U.K. and the U.S. (AUKUS). Tensions broke out within NATO after France was unexpectedly cut off from a previously negotiated submarine deal with Australia. Carden thinks some infighting can do some good if it leads to the end of this out-of-date military alliance that threatens peace rather than preserving it.

ACURA ViewPoint: David C. Speedie: Time and Opportunity for Accord

Let the record show that on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, America’s top ranking military officer offered a commendably candid assessment of the finale to a 20-year, $3.5 trillion military engagement in Afghanistan.  Of the retreat from Kabul, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley said: “From an operational and logistical standpoint, it was successful.  Strategically, the war was lost.  The enemy is in Kabul.”  Such brutally honest assessment—especially that of “the enemy” being once again in charge in Afghanistan, and the possible long-term implications for the United States and other targets of terrorist attack—might lead one to suppose that all possible steps will be taken to contain the potential threat. 

One such step may have been offered by Russian President Vladimir Putin at his June summit meeting with President Biden in Geneva.  Here, Putin reportedly offered use by the United States of Russia’s military bases in Central Asia to monitor and respond to nascent terrorist threats in Afghanistan.  The matter was further discussed by Chairman Milley in his September 22 meeting with his Russian counterpart, General Valery Gerasimov, according to a September 28 article in The Wall Street Journal.

From the Archives: Stephen F. Cohen: The Kremlin Plans to Modernize Russia, Again (Feb. 2020)

The US media’s three-year obsession with the mostly fictitious allegations of “Russiagate” has all but obscured, even deleted, important, potentially historic, developments inside that nation itself, still the world’s largest territorial country.

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