Paul asked the Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs: What is being done to find an ‘Off Ramp’ for the war in Ukraine?
Even if the prospect of successful negotiations appears slim, the survival of Ukraine imposes a moral obligation on all the parties to try.
The alliance system of the United States is frequently called an empire, and for good reason. But it is a peculiar form of empire, in which the metropolitan center seems directed and ruled by the periphery. In the classic idea of empire, rule flowed from the top down. Not in this one.
“From one great power to three great powers…” John Mearsheimer talks to the Center for Independent Studies in Australia.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a Monday address that it is “not the right time for elections” in Ukraine as the end of his five-year term approaches.
The tragedy is that there was nothing inevitable about this war. It could have been preempted by diplomatic action, by preventing Russia feeling threatened by NATO expansion to its borders, and by reigning in the more radical nationalists in Kyiv. Admitting to the existence of these nationalists didn’t fit with the narrative that was being pushed, however, so the West simply pretended they didn’t exist. The price paid for this has been massive.
The process of deindustrialisation in Europe continues. This is resulting in a permanent loss of wealth for Western societies.
President Vladimir Putin on Thursday signed a law withdrawing Russia’s ratification of the global treaty banning nuclear weapons tests, a step condemned by the organisation which promotes adherence to the landmark arms control pact.
The move, though expected, is evidence of the deep chill between the United States and Russia, whose ties are at their lowest level since the 1962 Cuban missile crisis over the war in Ukraine and what Moscow casts as Washington’s attempts to stymie the emergence of a new multipolar world order.
We will never know the world that could have been had President John F. Kennedy’s assassination never taken place, but an inkling of how things could have been different can be found in the final months of his life. In his new book, To Move the World: JFK’s Quest for Peace, Jeffrey Sachs unearths JFK’s final political campaign—to establish a secure and lasting peace with the Soviet Union.
For over half a century, Moscow has held the same basic position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: It will ultimately require a two-state solution. To that end, and since the collapse of the former USSR, Moscow has striven to maintain good relations with both Israel and the Palestinians.
Putin’s claim that a tentative agreement could have stopped the war on terms that satisfied both Ukraine and Russia in the days before the massive Ukrainian loss of limb, life and land if not for US obstruction has now been verified by four independent sources.
With each passing day, it’s becoming clear that the Ukrainian counteroffensive is failing to achieve any of its originally stated objectives. Recall: the Biden administration’s bet was that the counteroffensive would roll back Russian territorial gains, cut the land bridge to Crimea, and force Russia to the negotiating table. That is almost certainly not going to happen. [Read more…] about David Sacks: The Peace That Could Have Been (as posted on ‘X’)
ACURA’s Cynthia Lazaroff leads an all-star panel to discuss the ‘Roots, Risks and Pathways’ we need to take to put aside the entrenched stereotypes that are obstacles to a peaceful world.
Western leaderships understand that the war against Russia is practically lost — although they will not admit it publicly — and engagement with Russia is needed...The breakdown of trust in the Russian-American ties hurts the US interests. Fundamentally, it must also be understood that what Moscow seeks even today after nearly 20 months of battling NATO and the US in Ukraine’s killing fields is a sustained engagement with Washington and a willingness to accommodate mutual interests.
The deterioration of nuclear arms treaties, especially within the context of the war in Ukraine, presents worrying trends not seen in generations as Washington and Moscow are one step away from direct conflict. The Doomsday Clock “now stands at 90 seconds to midnight–the closest to global catastrophe it has ever been,” according to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
A letter to President George W. Bush of November 7, 2001 urged the president to deepen engagement with Russia ahead of his planned summit meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin.
It was signed by over 100 Members of Congress, and then-Senator Joe Biden’s signature went first (here is the full text.)
The Security Council today failed to adopt either of two competing draft resolutions — one from the United States, the other from the Russian Federation — addressing the raging war and humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
The prognosis of “war fatigue” on the part of the United States and its allies in the proxy war in Ukraine was greatly exaggerated. On the contrary, the war is acquiring a new swagger.
This evening in Northern Virginia, our very own Jack Matlock will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from The American Conservative magazine.
The award is richly deserved: Ambassador Matlock’s lifetime of service to his country – both inside and outside of government – is nearly unparalleled in the history of postwar America.
Jack F. Matlock, son of Greensboro, North Carolina, began his legendary diplomatic career as a foreign service officer in 1956, culminating with his role on President Ronald Reagan’s NSC as Senior Director for European and Soviet Affairs, and then, as Ambassador to the Soviet Union, during the pivotal, historic end of the Cold War – a development Ambassador Matlock played no small role in helping to bring about.
For decades Jack has been a consistent and principled voice of sanity in US foreign policy debates. All of us at ACURA have benefited from Jack’s wisdom and courage.
Congratulations Mr. Ambassador!
-The Board of Directors of ACURA