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Russia, U.S. Need To Cooperate In The Arctic

by Commander David Slayton, Lawson W. Brigham via Investors Business Daily
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Russia is in the news again. NATO ministers continue to discuss how to upgrade their response capabilities to contain Russia, an increasingly unpredictable neighbor. Pentagon officials advise Congress that Russia is a top military threat. Meanwhile, President Putin ramps up his military modernization. Could this finally be the end of strong Russia-U.S. cooperation in the one region where our interests have aligned since the end of the Cold War: the Arctic?

Michael McFaul, the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution
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What's It Like To Be Hated By The Russian Internet?

featuring Michael McFaulvia The Guardian
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Online abuse has got much worse since the annexation of Crimea: the Russian-language debates on Twitter are much more personal. Sometimes it’s just a few very unpleasant tweets. Sometimes it’s hundreds of Twitter messages saying the same thing, as if they are coordinated. Occasionally people send threatening tweets to me about my physical security, they even threaten my children. I’ve moved back to the US to teach at Stanford University and it’s only got worse.

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The Top 10 Experts On Economics & Investing In Russia

mentioning Paul R. Gregoryvia All Emerging Markets
Thursday, May 21, 2015

Russia has several obstacles to economic growth, including geopolitical tension, Western sanctions, and the decline in energy prices. Read these 10 experts for insight into this complex emerging market.

Michael McFaul, the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution
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Prominent Economist To Leave Russia, Cites Politics

quoting Michael McFaulvia The Moscow Times
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Growing nationalist rhetoric amid Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula last year and a diplomatic standoff with the West have raised fears of pressure on prominent academics and experts critical of official policy. Sonin will take up a position as a professor at the prestigious University of Chicago from September where he will work alongside internationally renowned economists, he wrote on his blog. "Russia's loss, Chicago's gain," former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul tweeted Wednesday.

Trotsky in Exile
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Book Review: 'The Man Who Loved Dogs' by Leonardo Padura | 'The Obedient Assassin' by John P. Davidson

by Bertrand M. Patenaudevia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, February 7, 2014

Leon Trotsky's brutal assassination by a Stalinist agent in Mexico in August 1940 might seem an unlikely wellspring for fiction, but it has inspired more than one novelist in recent years. Barbara Kingsolver's "The Lacuna," published in 2009, centered on an aspiring writer, a Mexican-American, who is shown joining Trotsky's Mexican household as it braces for the Kremlin's assault. In the same year, in Spanish, Leonardo Padura's "The Man Who Loved Dogs" was published, making its central figure the real-life assassin himself, Ramón Mercader. That novel is just now appearing in an English translation, alongside, coincidentally, John Davidson's Trotsky-themed "The Obedient Assassin."

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In Ukraine, Corruption Concerns Linger A Year After A Revolution

quoting Michael McFaulvia The New York Times
Sunday, May 17, 2015

To a great extent, the frustrations are to be expected, analysts say. “A year out, everybody is always disappointed from any revolutionary upheaval, that’s a statement of social science law,” said Michael A. McFaul, a Stanford University professor and former American ambassador to Russia who is an expert on revolutions and visited Kiev last month.

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A Russian Crisis With No End In Sight, Thanks To Low Oil Prices And Sanctions

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Thursday, May 14, 2015

Unlike the 2008/9 financial crisis, Russia faces a long and deep recession because the underlying causes are unlikely to go away in the near term. Former Russian prime minister Evgeny Primakov warned that, if Vladimir Putin continues his Ukraine policies, Russia will become a pariah third-world petro state. The fundamentals of the Russian economy, as it enters 2015, suggest that Russia is fulfilling Primakov’s prophesy.

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The Forgotten Realities Of World War II

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

May 8 marked the end of World War II in Europe 70 years ago -- a horrific conflict that is still fought over by historians. More than 60...

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Whither NATO?

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Strategika
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Formed in 1949 in response to the onset of the Cold War, the purpose of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, according to British General Hastings Lionel Ismay, the first Secretary General of the alliance, was “to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down.” Sixty-five years after the creation of NATO, little it seems has changed with the exception...

Podcast: Strategika – “NATO: The Once and Future Alliance” with Peter Mansoor
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Kerry To Meet With Putin In Russia

quoting Michael McFaulvia
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

"We chased them for three years, trying to get their assistance in pushing forward a political transition, and failed," said Michael McFaul, a former U.S. ambassador to Russia. "I am not optimistic that they will be more cooperative now."