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
Sep 11, 2020

How Alexei Navalny Created Russia’s Main Opposition Platform

Deconstructing the Powerful and Persistent Russiagate Meme
Sep 08, 2020

Deconstructing the Powerful and Persistent Russiagate Meme

What Can the Gulf States Learn from the Belarus Crisis?
Sep 07, 2020

What Can the Gulf States Learn from the Belarus Crisis?

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...

A Double Twist in Russiagate

A Double Twist in Russiagate

Aug 11, 2020

The New York Times never tires of finding new pretexts to repeat the same message. Its journalists have been regularly updating it with the same lack of substance over the past four years. The latest iteration, published on August 7, bears the title, “Russia Continues Interfering in Election to...

Russia Has Planted Seeds of the EU’s Demise in the Balkans

Russia Has Planted Seeds of the EU’s Demise in the Balkans

Aug 06, 2020

Earlier this year, Kosovo elected Albin Kurti as prime minister. Progressive, pro-American, pro-justice and anti-corruption, Kurti was precisely the kind of politician Americans would ordinarily wish to see in power in the region. And yet the US has orchestrated what Kurti has called “a...

The Latest Version of Russiagate

The Latest Version of Russiagate

Jul 31, 2020

The New York Times keeps slogging away at a four-year-old theme that it refuses to allow to die a natural death. Should we call it Russiagate 2.0 or 3.0 or 7.0? Whatever we call it, Russiagate has made its way back into The NYT’s headlines. Perhaps we should adopt the same convention as the...

Armenia and Azerbaijan Clash Again

Armenia and Azerbaijan Clash Again

Jul 17, 2020

The on-again, off-again conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the border region of Nagorno-Karabakh became hot again on the weekend of July 11. Skirmishes are common in the contested region, which is known as Artsakh to the Armenian side, but this recent round of deadly attacks is the most...

The Mount of Autocrats

The Mount of Autocrats

Jul 10, 2020

Donald Trump would dearly like to add his face to Mount Rushmore as the fifth presidential musketeer. His fireworks-and-fury extravaganza on July 3 was the next best thing. Trump’s dystopian speech was almost beside the point. Much more important was the photo op of his smirking face next to...

Has Putin Won the Vote on Constitutional Amendments?

Has Putin Won the Vote on Constitutional Amendments?

Jul 08, 2020

On July 3, the Russian central election commission announced the results of the nationwide vote on constitutional reforms, the biggest shake-up of the constitution since it was adopted in 1993. According to official data, 77.92% of voters, or 57.7 million people, cast their ballots in favor of the...

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