Tag: Russian

Fly on the Wall: Strategic Planning

Fly on the Wall: Strategic Planning

The latest in fair observer’s series of fictional dialogues intended to make sense of the underside of the news. FADE IN: INT.OFFICE AT CIA HQ, LANGLEY VA. — EVENING TWO SENIOR CIA ANALYSTS: TONY CATANIA (37), TAMMY AINSWORTH (45). THEY HAVE BEEN ASKED TO ASSIST ON...

Learning Lessons in Ukraine and Beyond

Learning Lessons in Ukraine and Beyond

Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine and the international condemnation it has generated contains key lessons for policymakers. They are lessons that should have been learned in past global crises but weren't. However, the Ukraine crisis offers an opportunity to correct that...

The Dirty Relationship Between Russia and China

The Dirty Relationship Between Russia and China

The leaders of Russia and China are joining forces. Russian President Vladimir Putin traveled to Beijing for the Winter Olympics to show solidarity with his largest trade partner at an event that the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia are boycotting...

Who Supports the Kremlin?

Who Supports the Kremlin?

There is no universal profile of a pro-Kremlin backer. Martyna Bildziukiewicz, a strategic communications expert and political scientist, says that favorable attitudes toward Russia and its narratives do not necessarily translate into geopolitical support.

Russia Hints at the End of Western Empire

Russia Hints at the End of Western Empire

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...

The View From the Kremlin Window

The View From the Kremlin Window

Despite popular thinking, the view from Moscow is of a Russia in decline. The lowest point in the fortunes of Russia since the Mongol invasion had been the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, which was forced on the Russians by the Germans on March 3, 1918. Today, it is worse. Russia is back behind...

Vladimir Putin’s Bizarre PR Stunts Serve a Political Purpose

Vladimir Putin’s Bizarre PR Stunts Serve a Political Purpose

In Russia, Putin’s image is carefully crafted to make him appear both loveable and powerful. Russian President Vladimir Putin is a big fan of the photo op. Here he is cuddling a tiger, feeding a fawn, riding a horse shirtless, uncovering ancient artifacts beneath the Black Sea waves, guiding...

In Russia, Cancer Patients Are Driven to Suicide

In Russia, Cancer Patients Are Driven to Suicide

Lack of readily-available palliative care in Russia is driving cancer patients to suicide. In February 2014, the suicide of a distinguished navy commander rattled Russia’s social sphere. Former Rear Admiral Vyacheslav Apanasenko died in hospital after attempting to shoot himself, following a...

Russia: It Was Only a Dream

Russia: It Was Only a Dream

Several Russian journalists are trying to wake up the nation to the true cost of Sochi. The start of the glamorous Olympic Games in Sochi, estimated to cost around $50 billion, brought Russia as a nation together. The majority of journalists expressed in unison their love for Russia with words of...

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