The stance taken on Ukraine by many of the governments of the world is outside acceptable debate in the United States.
Ukraine’s forces are performing better than expected. They have seemingly humbled the once mighty Russian bear. As such, there is a new temptation to press the advantage and reassess long-frozen conflicts all along Russia’s periphery. With the Kremlin on the backfoot, this attraction is wholly understandable.
What we have seen in the last 10 years, intensified in the last five, and raised to a fever pitch in the last two, is the ascent of mob psychology and hysteria on an exorbitant scale. It shows in our lazy, frightened acceptance of censorship—lately elevated to the point where Facebook and Twitter could jointly announce a ban on all messages, news, and communications that “undermine trust in the Ukrainian government.” This kind of blackout was considered beneath our dignity in the fight against Hitler and the Cold War.
Talk of NATO as past its sell-by date began thirty years ago, with the end of the Cold War and the collapse of NATO’s fifty-year adversary, the Warsaw Pact. Strong U.S. advocates of the western alliance agreed with the summary view of the late republican Senator Richard Lugar: NATO—”Out of area or out of business”. And NATO did, indeed, move decisively “out of area”: Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq and Syria are a far cry from the north Atlantic, and few if any of these posed an immediate threat to NATO’s historic territory. [Read more…] about ACURA ViewPoint: David C. Speedie: NATO: A Superannuated Anachronism?
Below is a lightly edited transcript of a panel ACURA hosted on May 19th featuring Marlene Laruelle, Anatol Lieven, Pietro Shakarian and moderated by Katrina vanden Heuvel and James W. Carden on the subject of how the war is affecting Russia politically. [Read more…] about ACURA ViewPoint: Anatol Lieven, Marlene Laruelle, Pietro Shakarian on Russia’s Future
The decision on whether to expand NATO to Finland and Sweden must take into account a fundamental consideration: is it in America’s interest to bind itself into a commitment to go to war with a nuclear power over the structural integrity of these two nations? Should the American people be willing to send their servicemen and women for such a national security interest?
As the world is moving slowly but surely to the edge of the abyss, there is a parallel crisis going within the nations that claim to exemplify the best of “western values” while undermining and violating them at every point.
Of course, the West blames all the problems of the world on the East, particularly Russia and China but there are some “dissident” voices that need to be heard at least for the sake of those who are interested in searching for ideas that might avoid Armageddon. [Read more…] about ACURA ViewPoint: Matthew Ehret and Edward Lozansky: Western Civilization at a Crossroads: Mythical Hegemony or Win-Win Paradigm?
If Moscow believes it is confronted by an “existential threat,” it could possibly use nuclear weapons against NATO members, while threatening the U.S. territory itself with strategic nuclear weapons.
Misguided American and NATO policies created the Ukraine crisis. Now they risk nuclear war.
It’s time to challenge the orthodox view on the war in Ukraine.
Western pundits and governments are wrongly using the war in Ukraine for goals (and distractions) that go far beyond the conflict there.
Today humanity’s existence is threatened by the danger of nuclear war and the destruction of our natural environment, which is resulting in “climate chaos” and widespread pollution. The purpose of this essay is to clarify the implications of this reality, what humanity must do to preserve itself, and in particular the role that the people of the United States must play, because we are writing from the United States. [Read more…] about ACURA ViewPoint: Dr. Eli Schotz and Krishen Mehta: Partners in Survival: Reviving the “McCloy-Zorin Agreement”
On May 3, University of Ottawa Professor Paul Robinson testified before the Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development on the human rights situation in Russia and Ukraine. A transcript of his remarks are below. [Read more…] about Paul Robinson’s Testimony Before the Canadian Parliament on Human Rights Violations in Ukraine
On May 19, ACURA hosted a panel discussion with Katrina vanden Heuvel (The Nation), Anatol Lieven (Quincy Institute), Marlene Laruelle (George Washington University) , Pietro Shakarian (American University of Armenia) and James W. Carden (Asia Times) sponsored by the American Committee for US-Russia Accord. Russia experts vanden Heuvel, Lieven, Laruelle and Shakarian discuss the effect Putin’s war of choice in Ukraine is having on Russia’s political trajectory. How do Russians view the war? What has been the extent of Putin’s crackdown on dissent? What does the war mean for the future of Russian politics?
Italy presented a four-point peace plan this week to United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres to end the conflict in Ukraine.
“We are working with partners and allies, including Ukraine, on a peace plan,” said a spokesman for the Italian Foreign Ministry, declining to give further details. A spokesman for Mr. Guterres declined to comment on the proposal.
This past Friday, in a federal court in Washington, Clinton campaign manager Robbie Mook testified that the false accusation of a nefarious connection between the Trump campaign and Alfa Bank originated with operatives bought and paid for by the Clinton campaign.
In September 2019, Stephen F. Cohen asked: ” How will mainstream media treat the Barr-Durham investigation and its findings? Having driven the Russiagate narrative for so long and so misleadingly—and with liberals perhaps finding themselves in the incongruous position of defending rogue intelligence agencies—will they credit or seek to discredit the findings?”
It seems we are about to find out.
For the full story: https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/what-we-still-do-not-know-about-russiagate/
The Clinton campaign created the Trump-Alfa allegation, fed it to a credulous press that failed to confirm the allegations but ran with them anyway, then promoted the story as if it was legitimate news. The campaign also delivered the claims to the FBI, giving journalists another excuse to portray the accusations as serious and perhaps true.
Most of the press will ignore this news, but the Russia-Trump narrative that Mrs. Clinton sanctioned did enormous harm to the country. It disgraced the FBI, humiliated the press, and sent the country on a three-year investigation to nowhere. Vladimir Putin never came close to doing as much disinformation damage.
On Tuesday, April 23, 2019, the Jordan Center at NYU hosted a book talk with Stephen F. Cohen, Professor Emeritus of Politics at Princeton University and Professor Emeritus of Russian Studies and History at New York University. Commentary was provided by Jack Snyder, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Relations at Columbia University.
What does it mean to be Ukrainian? Struggles within Ukraine about the answer to that question create an opening for other states to intervene, argues our guest, with some (primarily in Ukraine’s north and west) favoring a more ethnic nationalism and others (primarily in Ukraine’s east and south) favoring a more civic nationalism.
In World War I, World War II, and the present day, outside powers have backed one vision or another to advance their interests. Only a process of truth and reconciliation – of catharsis leading to understanding – can heal Ukraine. Nicolai N. Petro is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Rhode Island. He was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Ukraine 2013-2014 and the author of the forthcoming book The Tragedy of Ukraine: What Classical Greek Tragedy Can Teach Us About Conflict Resolution.
This conversation between the Russian newspaper Kultura and Paul Grenier was originally published, in Russian, under the title, “Russia Shouldn’t Waste Time Knocking on a Locked Door,” (Kultura, April 28, 2022, 8 – 9). The conversation was led by Kultura editor and correspondent Tikhon Sysoev.