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Learning What Not To Do: The North Korean Nuclear Example

by Miles Maochun Yuvia Strategika
Friday, May 27, 2016

There are no historical precedents to justify current American confidence that the treaty with Iran will prevent it from going nuclear. There are, however, historical precedents of how unauthorized and unhelpful secret back channels have derailed ongoing major U.S. governmental diplomatic initiatives and negotiations that involve difficult players.

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Putin For Life?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

One of the few remaining non-Kremlin-line newspapers, RBK, leaked a memo in its possession from the Investigations Committee of the Russian Federation, headed by General Nikolai Tutevich, to General Viktor Zolotov, commander of the newly-created National Guard of the Russian Federation.

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Russia Poised To Play A Lead Role In Asia Pacific

by Miles Maochun Yuvia Military History in the News
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Squeezed in Europe by U.S-led sanctions and robust NATO reactions in the aftermath of the annexation of Crimea, Russia is now finding itself in a prime position to exploit the unfolding geopolitical dramas stirred up by China in East and Southeast Asia. Moscow has proactively demonstrated its determination to play a leading role in shaping the outcome of the highly explosive regional conflicts, at the expense of Beijing and potentially Washington as well.

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mentioning Michael McFaulvia Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

One has to wonder how much longer the charade of the so-called Normandy Format can continue. Vladimir Putin, Petro Poroshenko, Angela Merkel, and Francois Hollande spoke yet by telephone again this week about ways to resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

In the News

Former U.S. Diplomat Criticizes Canada’s ‘Weakness’ On Russia

quoting Michael McFaulvia The Globe and Mail
Monday, May 23, 2016

President Barack Obama’s former ambassador to Russia says Canada is showing a “sign of weakness” by not pushing ahead with a promised U.S.-style Magnitsky Act that would punish Russians deemed to be human-rights violators with visa bans and asset freezes.


Dwarf-Throwing And Other Delights

by Stephen Kotkinvia Wall Street Journal
Friday, May 20, 2016

Czar Alexander I spent most of the 1814-15 Congress of Vienna chasing young women.

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Putin 'Pleased' With Trump

quoting Michael McFaulvia NewsMax
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Russian President Vladimir Putin is "pleased" with Donald Trump's successful campaign and rise to become the Republican Party's presumptive presidential nominee, but veteran U.S. diplomats are not so sure if his call to improve relations with the Communist leader is such a good idea. 

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Trump’s First Principles: The Foreign Policy Speech Was A Good Start

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Thinking About (Blog)
Thursday, May 12, 2016

I am no fan of Donald Trump. I have taken him to task for his foolhardy comments on Vladimir Putin and his dismissive remarks on NATO and Ukraine. In the one area where economists agree, Trump takes a dangerous anti-trade mercantilist position.


A Call for Russia And The U.S. To Cooperate In Protecting Against Nuclear Terrorism

by William J. Perry, Jerry Brownvia Huffington Post
Thursday, May 12, 2016

We believe that the likelihood of a nuclear catastrophe is greater today than it was during the Cold War. In the Cold War our nation lived with the danger of a nuclear war starting by accident or by miscalculation.

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North Korea Follows Stalin's Script

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

This month’s four-day North Korean Worker’s Party Congress followed the standard choreography set almost a century earlier by Vladimir Lenin and Josif Stalin: thousands of wildly-clapping jubilant delegates, decorated streets, extravagant mass parades, excited media coverage and multiple-hour speeches to an audience pretending to be attentive.