From the Archives: Stephen F. Cohen Interview with Princeton Alumni Weekly (April 2008)

Q: Is NATO expansion needlessly provocative?

SFC: I think it’s disastrous for American-Russian relations. If it weren’t for the war in Iraq, we would understand that Russia is still our No. 1 national-security concern. Only Russia has the weapons that could destroy us. It has a vast share of the world’s energy. Russia sits at the crossroads between Judeo-Christian and Islamic civilizations. It’s also the world’s first- or second-largest exporter of weapons, and its capacity for good or mischief is enormous. Remember, too, that George H.W. Bush promised Gorbachev in 1991 that if Soviet Russia agreed to allow a united Germany in NATO, NATO would not move one inch to the east. Beginning with President Clinton, we have repeatedly violated that promise.

ACURA’s Anatol Lieven: Tragedy of the victor: America and the end of the Soviet Union

Americans have suffered quite a lot as a result of the hubris displayed by their elites in the thirty years since the fall of the Soviet Union. Let us hope that this leads to a better understanding of the world, and of themselves.

Barron’s: US Became ‘Arrogant’ After Fall Of Soviet Union: Gorbachev

Gorbachev this week insisted Moscow and Washington were “together” in pulling the world out of confrontation and the nuclear race.

“No, the ‘winners’ decided to build a new empire. Hence the idea of NATO expansion,” Gorbachev added.

However, he welcomed forthcoming security talks between Moscow and Washington.

ACURA’s Nicolai Petro and Anatol Lieven: Ukraine Must Come to Terms with its Own Diversity

Ambassador Jack Matlock has done us a great service by reminding us of Ukraine’s regional diversity, for without it we could not understand why the fundamental principle underlying the Minsk-II Accords is to grant Crimea “special status” or regional autonomy.


As a ‘thank you’ to our readers and subscribers, ACURA is providing a free download of His Way: Remembering Stephen Cohen (Его Путь: Вспоминая Стивена Коэна), a collection of letters, stories, and remembrances of ACURA founder and professor of Russian Studies at Princeton and NYU, Stephen F. Cohen. The compilation was edited by Katrina vanden Heuvel and the Russian writer and scholar Gennady Bordyugov and features letters and commentary from Mikhail Gorbachev, Senator Bill Bradley, Katrina vanden Heuvel and many more.

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ACURA ViewPoint: Artin S. DerSimonian: A Review of ‘His Way: Remembering Stephen F. Cohen’ 

His Way: Remembering Stephen Cohen (Его Путь: Вспоминая Стивена Коэна) is a collection of letters, stories, and reminiscences of the scholarly and personal life of Stephen F. Cohen who passed away on September 18th, 2020. The compilation was a project of his wife of over 30 years, Katrina vanden Heuvel, and the Russian editor Gennady Bordyugov.

The book begins with an introduction by vanden Heuvel and Bordyugov, who highlight the importance of alternatives in both shaping, and directing, the path Professor Cohen took throughout his career in Soviet and Russian studies. The inclusion of a letter by former General Secretary of the Soviet Union and the first and only President of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev is noteworthy. Those who know anything about Professor Cohen are aware of the critical role Mr. Gorbachev played in his life–and the role Professor Cohen played in his.

Mr. Gorbachev’s words regarding Professor Cohen’s passing hold much weight: “He was one of the closest people to me in his views and understanding of the enormous events that occurred in the late 1980s in Russia and changed the world.”

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