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The Wedge in U.S.-Russia Relations Never Went Away

by Walter Russell Mead via Strategika
Thursday, January 28, 2021

Each U.S. presidential administration of the 21st century has attempted some version of a “Russian reset.” George W. Bush looked into Vladimir Putin’s eyes, Obama’s Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered Sergei Lavrov a physical “reset button,” and Donald Trump sought to form a congenial personal relationship with Putin throughout his presidency. Despite allegations of collusion, former President Trump was no more successful than his predecessors at stabilizing the relationship.

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The Pandemic: A Global Review

by Walter Russell Mead via The Caravan
Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is not, by the standards of the great plagues of the past, a particularly deadly disease. The plague that struck the Athens of Pericles seems to have had a much higher mortality rate, though its geographical reach was restricted. The epidemic that wrecked the Emperor Justinian’s drive to re-establish imperial authority in the west was similarly responsible for more death than the current outbreak – so far.

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The Checkered History Of Arms Control

by Walter Russell Mead via Strategika
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Arms control agreements have become an accepted part of the diplomat’s toolkit. They’re taught in seminars at places like Johns Hopkins’ SAIS and Harvard’s Kennedy School; they’re name-checked alongside peace treaties and trade agreements as things diplomats do; negotiating and monitoring them is even a career track.

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A More Powerful United States

by Walter Russell Mead via Strategika
Thursday, March 26, 2015

The revolution in U.S. energy production is one of the big stories of our time, and it has consequences for the future of America’s primary geostrategic project of generating, leading, and defending a liberal capitalist world order. Not every result of American energy production will be positive, but the net effect will be to support America’s ability to play a leading role in world affairs.

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Point the Way Out of the Hole

by Walter Russell Mead via Strategika
Friday, December 19, 2014

The first step for the United States in the Middle East is to observe the First Rule of Holes: stop digging. The pursuit of a nuclear understanding with Iran without simultaneously acting to constrain Iran’s effort to dominate the region has destabilized the Sunni world, undermined key American alliances, and contributed to the rise of ISIS and related groups.

Give Them the Tools

by Walter Russell Mead via Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Nations struggling toward democracy need not pressure but encouragement.

Crazy Like a Fox

by Walter Russell Mead via Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Nice to have, suicidal to use: the bizarre logic of Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal.

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Turkey's Struggles Point to the Need for Allies

by Walter Russell Mead via Strategika
Sunday, December 1, 2013

The Republic of Turkey is geographically, politically, and culturally, an odd-looking member in an alliance known as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Turkey has a long coastline washed by the Black Sea, the Sea of Marmara, the Aegean Sea, and the Mediterranean, but it is hundreds of miles from the Atlantic. Turkish democracy for most of NATO’s history could best be described as an aspiration rather than a reality.