ACURA ViewPoint: James W. Carden: Biden and Merkel Agree to Disagree in Farewell Meeting 

On Thursday afternoon, US president Joe Biden met with outgoing German chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House. By most accounts the hour long meeting was a cordial affair. Said Biden right before the meeting, “The cooperation between the United States and Germany is strong and we hope to continue that, and I’m confident that we will.”

Matteo Fumagalli: Can Ostpolitik Survive in a Post-Merkel Germany?

The key challenge for whoever ends up taking the helm from outgoing Chancellor Merkel after sixteen years in power is two-fold: decide what to do with that bilateral relationship and figure out how to square it with the oftentimes divergent priorities of other European partners and especially the United States.

ACURA ViewPoint: John Pepper: The Absence of Humility in US-Russia Policy Circles

The November-December 2001 issue of Foreign Affairs followed the 9/11 attack on the United States by only a couple of months.  How different the climate was then compared to today with regard to attitudes of Russian citizens and the relations between the Russian and the U.S. governments.

PODCAST: Start Making Sense: Katrina vanden Heuvel on Rethinking global security

World politics after the Biden-Putin Summit: ACURA’s Katrina vanden Heuvel argues that we need to rethink what real security means, and that it can’t mean a new cold war, but joint action with Russia and China on climate change, pandemics, and the threat of nuclear war.

Nicolai N. Petro: How to Break the Cultural Gridlock in Ukraine

ACURA’s Nicolai Petro in The National Interest: When the seven-year war in Ukraine began, it was primarily an interregional conflict. By choosing sides at its outset, however, Russia and the West have made it international. With the domestic and international aspects of this conflict now so thoroughly intertwined, the solution will also have to address both of these aspects simultaneously.

ACURA GuestPost: Sylvia Demarest: A Response to David L. Phillips of Columbia University

On July, 8, 2021 Balkin Insights published an article written by David L. Phillips titled “A Global US Can’t Avoid Confronting Russia and China.” Concerned about the tenor of this article, especially coming from an institute dedicated to peace-building, I decided a response was in order. Below is my response to Mr. Phillips’ essay.

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