In clashes over Ukraine or Iraq, liberty must be defended

September 5, 2014

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A few weeks after Winston Churchill became British prime minister in 1940, he had to tell the House of Commons that Britain had just suffered one of the worst military defeats in its history. He announced the setback with these words:

Russian ‘realism’ is winning now, but will fail in the end

August 28, 2014

Russian President Putin speaks to the media after talks with Ukrainian President Poroshenko in Minsk, Belarus

The world is no longer divided by communism vs. capitalism. But it’s still divided by ideologies that have their clearest expression in the policies of Russia and the United States. That division contrasts liberal and realist views of the world.

Meet Vladimir Putin’s homophobic, vitriolic, charismatic master of propaganda

July 24, 2014

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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s popularity has soared at home in the wake of his actions in Ukraine – and the masterful spin his intervention has been given.

Could Vladimir Putin give peace a chance in Ukraine and beyond?

July 3, 2014

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What would it take for Russia to walk a way from violence and seek peaceful coexistence with its neighbors? It’s certainly hard to see a way out right now.

Are we at war? And why can’t we be sure anymore?

June 30, 2014

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron poses for group photograph taken with G8 leaders at the Lough Erne golf resort in Enniskillen

The question — “Are we at war?” — seems absurd. Surely, we would know it if we were. But maybe we’re in a new era — and wars are creeping up on us.

For Russia, it can only get worse

April 28, 2014

Russians who disapprove of what their country is doing to Ukraine are a small and unpopular minority.

The coalition of the reluctant

April 17, 2014

Russia is currently winning the Game of Empire. It has taken Crimea and it is closing in on Eastern Ukraine. Whether or not more will be invaded, no one can tell.

Russia’s imperialism vs globalization

March 21, 2014

In the sanctions against Russia announced this week by the U.S. and the European Union we begin to see the outline of a titanic struggle. It is one between imperialism and globalization. The Western states have been reminded that imperialism is alive and well, even rampant, and threatens the vision for a more global world economy.

Will the anaconda strike again?

March 19, 2014

Ukraine is now a pile of dry straw, waiting for Vladimir Putin to decide whether he will douse it with gasoline and set it alight, or leave it dry and trembling in the wind.

The retreat of the Eastern partnership

March 12, 2014

The Russian bear must be left with meat after its early spring hunt. The hard part is: how much?