David C. Speedie: The US is playing catch-up in the Arctic

It is not perhaps coincidental that the 19 May meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov took place in Reykjavik on the occasion of the meeting of the Arctic Council, an eight-country [Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, United States] grouping formed in 1996 to further cooperation on the Arctic region.  In his opening remarks, Secretary Blinken listed “Arctic issues” along with arms control and climate as items for discussion.

Nicolai N. Petro: Putin’s Notions of Russian Spiritual and Moral Values Explained

It has taken a long time to overcome intellectual and bureaucratic resistance to the Soviet atheist legacy because, whereas on the one hand this was a suppression of freedom of choice, on the other hand, the secularization of society was also deemed to be an indication of social progress among Western intellectuals.

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