What Six Years of ‘Reset’ with Russia Have Wrought
On September 5, 2014, Russian agents crossed into Estonia and kidnapped an Estonian security official. Last week, after a closed trial, Russia sentenced him to 15 years.
#ad#The reaction? The State Department issued a statement. The NATO secretary-general issued a tweet. Neither …
The Four Horsemen of a Looming Apocalypse
The U.S. and its allies are faced with four major threats, and they are as diverse and yet as akin as the proverbial apocalyptic horsemen.
Vladimir Putin has a tsarist idea that he can reclaim insidiously the periphery of …
Yes, Western Weakness Really Is Enabling Putin
Last week, just as the EU was voting to extend its economic sanctions against Russia through the beginning of next year, the U.S. announced a major sign of its commitment to European security. But will Russian president Vladimir Putin …
Moscow Moves to Vote on Rehonoring Soviet Secret-Police Chief
The talk in the United States is of taking down symbols of the Confederacy — Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell expressed his support for removing Jefferson Davis’s statue from the Kentucky state capitol this week.
But in Russia the …
It’s Clear Who Enjoyed the ‘Flexibility’ to ‘Reset’ the U.S.-Russian Relationship
Vladimir Putin, of course:
The number of long-range Russian strategic bomber flights that buzzed U.S. airspace doubled last year from their norm, forcing American jets to frequently scramble and capturing the attention of hawks in Congress who believe the …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
This Administration Thinks It’s Handling Putin Well
Another piece of evidence to support the theory that this administration thinks it’s doing a terrific job, on every front, all the time:
Remember not long ago when some folks in DC were almost in awe of Putin’s moxy and …
The Fate of Eston Kohver Shows Putin’s Contempt for Obama
The appeasement of Iran in respect of its nuclear development is so likely to be the prelude to future violence that other danger-spots are overlooked. Vladimir Putin’s imperialist Russia is bearing down on Estonia, formerly occupied by Communist Russia …
It is 75 years since Winston Churchill referred to Russia as “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” It is today a much reduced entity, but it is still a politically mysterious country. The struggle that has continued — …
Putin Wields the Nuclear Threat — and Plays with Fire
During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union established a nuclear relationship commonly called Mutual Assured Destruction, known by the pejorative acronym MAD. The basic notion was that Washington and Moscow each possessed sufficient nuclear capability to …
Obama’s Plan to Send New Arms to Europe Isn’t Enough
‘We do not seek a cold, let alone a hot war with Russia. We do not seek to make Russia an enemy. But make no mistake: We will defend our allies, the rules-based international order, and the positive future it …
The Russian Bear and the Chinese Dragon Are Standing Together against America
‘Today China is our key strategic partner,” President Vladimir Putin said May 8, in Moscow. In 2015, China and Russia share much in common. Both nations are ruled by confident authoritarians. Both rulers embrace territorial expansionism through the barrel of a gun. …
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 …
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. …
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’…
Senate Dem: The West Is Afraid to ‘Provoke Putin’
President Obama needs to rethink his unwillingness to provide Ukrainian military forces with lethal weapons to fight Russia, according to a Senate Democrat who scoffed at political leaders who fear “provok[ing] Putin.”
“I think that was his initial assessment,” …
Russian Foreign Minister: Cold War ‘Geopolitics Never Disappeared’