Is the Latvian Government About to Settle the “Russian Issue”?

January 24, 2019

In Latvia, the Russian linguistic minority is faced with a choice — either accept the rules of the nationalist game or emigrate. On April 2, 2018, Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis signed amendments to the education law that would effectively put an end to all Russian-language schooling in...

Why Is Russia Not Stepping In to Protect its Compatriots Abroad?

July 26, 2018

By dismissing the possibility of sanctions against countries that adopted discriminatory measures against their Russian-speaking minorities, Putin essentially rejected aggressive foreign policy.  On June 7, 2018, Vladimir Putin confirmed on live television that Russia does not intend to enact...

The American Dog in the NATO Fight

July 18, 2018

Whatever pundits might have said, the recent NATO summit in Brussels has not ushered in a new era for the alliance. Shaken by US President Donald Trump’s statements, ranging from accusing America’s European allies of free-riding their NATO membership to alleging Germany’s dependency on...

Putin Makes an Offer Trump Can’t Refuse

January 17, 2017

A mutual disregard for principled politics will unite Presidents Putin and Trump. Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin have one thing in common: they are both unburdened by principles. Trump’s election threatens to bring America down to Putin’s level where only self interest counts. They both...