Will the US and Russia Start Over?

February 05, 2021

It’s winter in Russia, which is not a season for the faint-hearted. The pandemic is still hitting the country hard, with the number of new COVID cases hovering around 20,000 a day, which has cumulatively put the country in the global top five in terms of infections. Under these inauspicious...

Is the US Withdrawal from the INF Treaty an Attempt to Contain China?

December 11, 2018

Despite breaking the agreement with Moscow, Washington’s withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty is most likely a measure specifically aimed at Beijing. US President Donald Trump's recent intention to withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF...

Do You Know What It’s Like to Be an Immigrant in America?

November 21, 2018

Overnight, many of my friends have become great experts on the culture of my home country — a place they have never visited. When I was 5 years old, my Soviet teacher announced that America wanted to nuke us for our freedom, and that a missile could hit any moment. That day, I couldn’t focus...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: America Wants “Low-Yield” Weapons

March 26, 2018

Russia is no longer communist and has never threatened war. But for the US, the Russians are the evil enemy against whom we must arm. The president of the United States and his generals are in need of a fix called low-yield weapons. Air Force General John Hyten made the logic clear: “That...

US-Russian Relations in an Uncomfortable World Order

January 30, 2017

There is a failure in the West to understand how the Kremlin interprets Washington's basic foreign policy aims and intentions. The telephone call between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump on January 29 was the first official contact between the two leaders since...

Securing Europe Under President Trump

December 07, 2016

Donald Trump could prove to be the most significant disturbance to the fight against terrorism. Despite the shock, regret and the thinly veiled hope from the Democrats that the result of the US presidential election may still somehow be overturned, Donald J. Trump is about to become the 45th...

Donald Trump’s Madman Theory

December 02, 2016

Without exception, Trump's foreign policy picks are members of the far right: aggressive, Islamophobic and contemptuous of diplomacy. Shortly after taking office in 1969, President Richard Nixon devised his “madman theory.” It was the height of the Vietnam War, and Nixon believed that he could...

France-Germany Alliance Needed for Mediation

July 26, 2016

A third-party intervention by France and Germany would allow both the US and Russia to “save face.” The competition and tit-for-tat actions of both the United States and Russia threaten European stability. Increased NATO training exercises in the east, coupled with Russia’s desire to...