Russia

McCain and Graham vs. Trump and Putin

The two GOP mavericks take center stage Thursday with a hearing on cyber threats. Burgess Everett and Austin Wright Politico John McCain and Lindsey Graham have spent the past eight years chiding President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, sarcastically calling the president naïve when it comes to world affairs and regularly grilling his Cabinet members… McCain and Graham vs… Read More »

Assassination in Ankara

Russia, NATO, and Turkey’s Violent Politics By Halil Karaveli Foreign Affairs On December 19, Mevlut Mert Altintas, a Turkish police officer, assassinated Andrei Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey. His action… Assassination in… Read More »

Insecurity is cash cow for Europe’s defense firms

Concerns about Trump, terrorism and tensions with Russia are driving EU defense spending. Harry Cooper Politico After a decade of slashing defense budgets, European leaders are about to start investing significantly more in arms, citing “a challenging geopolitical environment.” A resurgent Russia… Insecurity is cash… Read More »

Here’s why Russia gives itself high marks for 2016

Russia’s chief diplomatic and military agencies are reporting on their performance for the just-ended year, and the news appears to be good. Maxim A. Suchkov Al Monitor A newly released report, Overview of Foreign Policy 2016, states, “The key track in strengthening international security and stability in 2016 was the struggle against terrorism.” In this regard… Here’s why Russia… Read More »

The new world order, 2017

One insistent question that will shape 2017 is whether we’re witnessing the gradual decay of the post-World War II international order, dominated by the economic and military power of the United States. Robert J. Samuelson The Washington Post After the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991, it became fashionable to talk of the United States as the only true superpower. Pax Americana would… The new world… Read More »

Is Russia Really ‘Winning’?

On last Friday, Vladimir Putin held his annual press conference, capping what many have described as an extremely successful year for the Russian president. The National Interest Emma M. Ashford Indeed, if you’re a regular consumer of today’s media, you could be forgiven for believing that Russia has supplanted the United States in the Middle East, that Russian hackers single-handedly placed Donald Trump in the White… Is Russia Really… Read More »

Why the West’s Betrayal of Democratic Russia Brought Us Putin

The West’s inability to accept Russia on equal terms after 1991 made the emergence of a nationalistic strongman… By Angus Roxburgh The Moscow Times This year was the 25th anniversary of the August coup against Gorbachev, and the demise of the Soviet… In Moscow in August 1991 I joined the crowds outside the… Why the West… Read More »

US, Russia in exchange of words over nuclear

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump called for an expansion of the United States’ nuclear capabilities on Dec. 22, to which Russian President Vladimir Putin said there was “nothing unusual” in these statements. Hurriyet In his Twitter post, Trump said Dec. 22, “The United States must greatly strengthen and… US, Russia in… Read More »

Turkey, Russia and an Assassination: The Swirling Crises, Explained

Turkey and Russia, whose up-and-down relationship has helped shape the Syrian war and its related crises, shared a new trauma on Monday after an off-duty Turkish police officer assassinated Russia’s ambassador. The New York Times Max Fisher The killing of Andrey G. Karlov in Ankara caused global alarm and raised questions about the larger consequences. On social media, many drew… Turkey, Russia and an… Read More »