25 Years On, The Dayton Peace Agreement Is a Ticking Time Bomb

Nov 20, 2020

Throughout Danis Tanovic’s Oscar-winning film “No Man’s Land,” a viewer waits distressingly for the bouncing mine to explode below the body of Cera, an injured Bosnian soldier lying in a trench. The last moments of this antiwar satire do not capture a real ending for the story — or...

What Is Russia’s Stake in the Nagorno-Karabakh War?
Nov 17, 2020

What Is Russia’s Stake in the Nagorno-Karabakh War?

For Libya, Peace Remains Unlikely
Nov 12, 2020

For Libya, Peace Remains Unlikely

Will the NY Times Fixation on Russia End After Biden’s Election?
Oct 27, 2020

Will the NY Times Fixation on Russia End After Biden’s Election?

The Russian Pathology Deepens at The NY Times

The Russian Pathology Deepens at The NY Times

Oct 21, 2020

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary cannot help but love The New York Times, with increasingly diabolical ardor. Whenever the news cycle goes dry, we can turn to The Times and its documented paranoia for inspiration. The risk is repetition. The reward is the pleasure of picking and consuming...

Is Assad Gearing Up for a Final Push in Syria?

Is Assad Gearing Up for a Final Push in Syria?

Sep 24, 2020

Ceasefires in Syria come and go, and so do the meetings between the outside players who hold it in their hands to determine if an end to the country’s 9-year civil war is in sight. The most recent meeting in Ankara between Turkish and Russian military officers was intended to discuss...

Nord Stream 2: Leverage Against Russia?

Nord Stream 2: Leverage Against Russia?

Following the poisoning of the Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny with a nerve agent from the Novichok group, the possibility of using Nord Stream 2 to put pressure on Russia has been widely discussed. Specifically, there are calls to abandon the project, to impose a moratorium or to...

How Alexei Navalny Created Russia’s Main Opposition Platform

How Alexei Navalny Created Russia’s Main Opposition Platform

Sep 11, 2020

On September 2, German authorities stated that Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny had been poisoned with a nerve agent from the Novichok group. Since August 22, Navalny has been treated at the Charité university hospital in Berlin, where he was transported from Russia in an induced...

Deconstructing the Powerful and Persistent Russiagate Meme

Deconstructing the Powerful and Persistent Russiagate Meme

Sep 08, 2020

The frontier between legitimate political analysis and fake news in the US has never been easy to draw. Politicians and polemicists have attempted to impose the idea that only established corporate networks can be trusted to steer clear of fake news. Content on topics they consciously neglect to...

What Can the Gulf States Learn from the Belarus Crisis?

What Can the Gulf States Learn from the Belarus Crisis?

Sep 07, 2020

It might come as a surprise that the Gulf states have more than a passing interest in events in Belarus. Beyond growing economic ties, the political drama provides valuable lessons for the region’s monarchies and their efforts to maintain standards of living for their citizens without...

No Credible Alternative to the US Grand Strategy in Europe

No Credible Alternative to the US Grand Strategy in Europe

Sep 04, 2020

Never in the last 75 years has the US-led liberal order in Europe been intellectually more contested. Some in the United States, especially among realist and neorealist scholars, disapprove of what is commonly referred to as the West-centric institutional and rules-based order. They generally...

Russia’s Denials of Navalny’s Poisoning Fall on Deaf Ears

Russia’s Denials of Navalny’s Poisoning Fall on Deaf Ears

Aug 28, 2020

The Russian government has said it will not investigate the poisoning of the opposition politician and anti-corruption investigator Alexei Navalny until there is evidence of a crime. Navalny, who is 44, collapsed during a flight to Moscow after drinking a cup of tea at Tomsk airport on August 20....

How Russia Views the Election Aftermath in Belarus

How Russia Views the Election Aftermath in Belarus

Aug 18, 2020

In Moscow, all eyes are on Belarus. Russia and Belarus are intimately connected, so political actors in Russia feel an immediate connection with developments there. In formal terms, the two countries form a “union state” and an economic and defense community. Belarus is Moscow’s closest...

The Brain Malfunction Affecting the US and Its Respectable Media

The Brain Malfunction Affecting the US and Its Respectable Media

Aug 12, 2020

Ever since Dwight Eisenhower denounced the military-industrial complex in no uncertain terms, the intelligence community (IC) can be seen as the literal brain of an immense, tentacular but poorly-structured system of economic and political governance. The clandestine nature of its activities...

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