The Me Too Movement: Changing the Rules of the Game

Nov 15, 2019

We have come a long way from the times when women were classified as militants and arrested for demanding voting rights, stepping in front of galloping horses to garner attention. In just over two years, the #MeToo movement has made us question the notion of sexual engagement, our understanding of...

Russia Needs a New National Idea
Nov 05, 2019

Russia Needs a New National Idea

Forget Fake News — Now We Have “Maybe News”
Nov 01, 2019

Forget Fake News — Now We Have “Maybe News”

New Cracks in the Global Far Right?
Oct 31, 2019

New Cracks in the Global Far Right?

Facing the Consequences of Trump’s Decision to Abandon the Kurds

Facing the Consequences of Trump’s Decision to Abandon the Kurds

Oct 25, 2019

The sad tragedy of US President Donald Trump’s precipitous decision to suddenly abandon the Kurds of northern Syria is that it may have been inevitable. Turkey had long warned the Americans that it viscerally opposed its partnership with the People’s Protection Units (YGP) — a Syrian Kurdish...

Russia Turns Trump’s Middle East Blunder to Its Advantage

Russia Turns Trump’s Middle East Blunder to Its Advantage

Oct 23, 2019

The Americans call the five-day halt to Turkey’s military incursion into northern Syria a ceasefire, while the Turks prefer to call it a pause. The Kurds call the incursion something else. For them, and for American soldiers who fought with them in the war against the Islamic State (IS), as well...

Aleksandr Dugin’s Ideology Echoes Through the Alt-Right

Aleksandr Dugin’s Ideology Echoes Through the Alt-Right

Oct 22, 2019

Francis Fukuyama famously proclaimed the triumph of liberal democracy in his 1992 seminal classic, “The End of History and the Last Man.” He argued that the legitimacy of liberal democracy had become unrivalled after defeating oppressive political ideologies such as fascism and communism....

Mercenaries in the Desert: The Kremlin’s Libya Game

Mercenaries in the Desert: The Kremlin’s Libya Game

Oct 16, 2019

Since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya has been consumed by a destructive domestic struggle for power aggravated by the involvement of major external players. By 2014-16, two main centers of power emerged. The so-called “western bloc,” nominally led by Fayez al-Sarraj, rests on...

The NY Times’ Ruthless Assault on Russians

The NY Times’ Ruthless Assault on Russians

Oct 10, 2019

The New York Times should really be called “The New Cold War Times.” It has consistently focused on reporting the most intimate thoughts (i.e., prejudice and propaganda) of an intelligence community that owes its historical existence to the golden age of post-World War II Soviet communism....

The New Age of Protest

The New Age of Protest

Oct 04, 2019

Led by young people, climate strikers blocked traffic on two mornings at the end of last month in Washington, DC. On the first day, protesters chained themselves to a boat three blocks from the White House, and 32 activists were arrested. On the second day, activists targeted the Environmental...

Russia Hints at the End of Western Empire

Russia Hints at the End of Western Empire

Oct 01, 2019

Time magazine and its Associated Press source both appear somewhat befuddled by the remarks of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov when he claimed at the UN General Assembly that “it is hard for the West to accept seeing its centuries-long dominance in world affairs diminishing.” While the...

How Tolerant Is Russian Society?

How Tolerant Is Russian Society?

Sep 30, 2019

Russia has published the full results of opinion polls regarding xenophobia, including attitudes toward LGBTQ people in 2018 and the first half of 2019. If we supplement it with data on hate crimes, a clearer picture of the level of tolerance in Russian society today emerges. This information is...

A Caucasus Border Dispute Brings Back Memories of War

A Caucasus Border Dispute Brings Back Memories of War

Sep 24, 2019

The South Caucasus region remains politically unstable, and ongoing developments offer tinges of events that resulted in the 2008 Russo-Georgian War. South Ossetia, a breakaway region of Georgia recognized by Russia (and a handful of others) as an independent republic, finds itself yet again...

An Election Brings Abkhazia Back into Focus

An Election Brings Abkhazia Back into Focus

Aug 23, 2019

The disputed existence of the breakaway republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia has come into focus again in the context of the ongoing diplomatic dispute between Russia and Georgia and the August anniversary of the 2008 Russo-Georgian War. Abkhazia remains at the heart of discussions because...

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