The EU and Russia: Help and Hindrance
The Economist’s Edward Lucas, an old friend, and a long-standing and highly perceptive analyst of the post-Soviet space (and thus someone very early to appreciate the direction in which Putin was going), has written his final column for European …
Remember Crimea? The Grim Reality of Russian Rule
What ever happened to Crimea? In the year since the peninsula voted to leave Ukraine and become the Russian Federation’s newest holding, Western attention has shifted away from it toward eastern Ukraine, where pro-Moscow separatists continue to wage an …
From the Other Side of the Ravine
Kathrin Hille has a fascinating article in today’s Financial Times. It’s paywall protected and the piece is too long to give a sense of it all, but this question is perhaps at the heart of it:
“Before blaming …
For a Q&A with Tom Cotton, the new senator from Arkansas, go here. It is an impressive half-hour from an impressive guy. He walks us around the world, or part of it: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Russia. Compared with Iran, …
Ever since I was a child, I’ve read news reports about dying languages. “There are only 19 speakers left!” “There’s only one speaker left! Get the tape recorder, preserve every syllable you can!”
These stories used to wound me. …
I have no real idea where Putin is or what his ‘disappearance’ means (and, indeed, by the time this gets posted he may have already allowed himself to be seen), but the fact that the Russian leader has been out …
The Nemtsov Murder and the FSB
Boris Nemtsov was a courageous man. Persistent in his criticisms of President Putin, he was undeterred by those who threatened him with death. And now, murdered as he walked through Moscow, Nemtsov has become a martyr for Russia’s better …
Boris Nemtsov Joins a Long List of Murdered Putin Critics
The murder of Boris Nemtsov in broad daylight just outside the Kremlin confirms the worst fears about Russia under President Vladimir Putin. For a man like him, wealth and power leave no room for scruples. He is probably the world’…
It's a Lot Easier to Brag When You're Willing to Lie.
President Obama, last night:
Second, we are demonstrating the power of American strength and diplomacy. We’re upholding the principle that bigger nations can’t bully the small — by opposing Russian aggression, supporting Ukraine’s democracy, and reassuring our NATO allies. Last …
President Obama Is Always Telling Us to Not Worry.
From the first post-Labor Day edition of the Morning Jolt:
President Obama Is Always Telling Us to Not Worry.
The “unfortunate contrasts” for the White House are piling up like planes waiting on the tarmac at Dallas Fort Worth Friday …
After his recent absence, President Putin is back in business, now selling Russia’s advanced S-300 air-defense system to Iran. It’s a transaction that will shake up the Middle East.
Previously, Russia had yielded to American pressure not to …
Information War and Other Deceptions
Peter Pomerantsev, author of the remarkable Nothing Is Real and Everything Is Possible (which I reviewed for NRODT here) has a long article in the Guardian on Russia’s information war. Here’s an extract:
Late last year, I came …
How the Next President Should Deal with Russia
Usually, domestic issues are front-and-center in presidential campaigns. Not so this year. From Islamist terror in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East to the growing Iranian nuclear threat, foreign and national-security policy is the hot topic among White House aspirants.
Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper, and thus the institution of the Eucharist. But it also was the night of Jesus’s prayer in the Garden, and of his betrayal into the hands of the authorities by Judas. I’m sure there …
Nothing that Vladimir Putin has done in gobbling up territories of the former Soviet Union is new. In fact, he simply apes every tyrant’s time-honored four-step plan of aggression.
INVADE, WAIT — AND INVADE
From Philip of Macedon to Napoleon, …
Attempts to understand Vladimir Putin and the Russian revanchism that now threatens to dismantle the basic security architecture of post–Cold War Europe ought to begin not with reference to Lenin and Stalin, or by digging into one’s dog-eared …
Who Killed Boris Nemtsov?
Ben Judah, writing in the Daily Telegraph:
Vladimir Putin has ruled Russia with three things: money, propaganda and terror. When the Russian economy was booming and the oil price was over $100 a barrel, Putin ruled Russia almost entirely with money – …
A leading Russian opposition politician, former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov, has been shot dead in Moscow, Russian officials say.
An unidentified attacker shot Mr Nemtsov four times in central Moscow, a source in the law enforcement bodies told …
Codevilla for Clarity in Foreign Policy
“While the Storm Clouds Gather” is another long foreign policy essay by Angelo Codevilla, probably the best of his I’ve read. It’s in the latest Claremont Review of Books, and is provided here at Powerline’s request. There’s a lot to …
Strange, Obama Never Seems Disengaged from Partisan Politics
The last Morning Jolt of the week notes worsening developments with Russia, as the president visits fundraisers and a deli in Los Angeles.
This morning Charles Krauthammer tries to explain what’s going on with our president:
The preferred explanation …