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Analysis and Commentary

Europe Is Fed Up With Brexit, But It’s Still Best For All If Britain Stays In

by Timothy Garton Ashvia The Guardian
Sunday, October 20, 2019

Macron may have doubts, but if the deal isn’t approved the EU must grant the UK an extension – for its own sake as well as ours.

Analysis and Commentary

Britain Needs An Official Inquiry Into How The Elite Turned Brexit Into A National Humiliation

by Andrew Robertsvia Daily Mail (UK)
Saturday, October 19, 2019

The humiliation that has befallen the United Kingdom over the past three years and four months as the direct result of the refusal of our political class to respect the EU referendum of June 2016 needs to be investigated by an official committee of inquiry.


Markos Kounalakis: British Parliament Stalls Brexit Plan

interview with Markos Kounalakisvia CBS News
Saturday, October 19, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Markos Kounalakis discusses U.K. lawmakers voting to withhold approval of a full British withdrawal from the European Union, as well as whether this is a big setback for Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

In the News

Historian Timothy Garton Ash Discusses What Went Wrong In Post-Communist Europe And What We Can Do About It

featuring Timothy Garton Ashvia Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Friday, October 18, 2019

Nearly 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, historian Timothy Garton Ash spoke at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies about the long-term consequences of the revolutions and transitions that followed the end of Communist rule in countries such as Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

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October Man: Mikhail Gorbachev

by Christopher R. O’Deavia Military History in the News
Friday, October 18, 2019

October is the month for bringing in the harvest and consolidating power. According to his biography on the Gorbachev Foundation website, the last leader of the Soviet Union is proud of his ability to detect a fault in a combine harvester just by the sound of it. His acumen with agricultural machinery—learned from his father—helped the younger Gorbachev become the youngest winner of the Order of the Red Banner of Labor award for his part in bringing in the bumper crop of 1949 at the age of just seventeen. The award helped secure him a place at the Moscow State University, where he studied law.


Michael McFaul: History Is Not On Putin’s Side, Says Former U.S. Ambassador

interview with Michael McFaulvia The Moscow Times
Friday, October 18, 2019

Former U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul believes President Vladimir Putin is fighting against the tide of history and that Russian society will not “tolerate disenfranchisement and oppression forever.”

In the News

Review: New Churchill Biography Sweeping, Superbly Written Full-Life Account

featuring Andrew Robertsvia The Post And Courier
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Taking on a nearly 1,000-page biography of Winston Spencer Churchill is apt to leave most readers feeling as if their lives have been a silly waste of time. This protean figure, surely the most influential statesman of the 20th century, who served over his 90 years in nearly every office of the British government, including twice as prime minister, and who led his country through the horrors of World War II, was also a deeply eccentric man.

Putin, Assad, Erdoğan And Khamenei — The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse 2.0 | Opinion

by Markos Kounalakis
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Texas tornadoes are potentially caused by the “flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil” according to the Butterfly Effect theory. Determining the ultimate cause and effects in weather is a tough call, however, given how many random physical factors ultimately come into play. But it’s fascinating to think that a distant and peacefully fluttering butterfly has so much potential power.

Analysis and Commentary

The Role Of OMB In Withholding Ukrainian Aid

by Jacques Singer-Emery, Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

One of the most damning allegations in the whistleblower complaint is that President Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son by withholding congressionally approved military aid. The amounts include $250 million from the Defense Department and $141 million from the State Department.

In the News

The Not-So-Quiet American

featuring Michael McFaulvia Boise Weekly (Idaho)
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Talking to Michael McFaul, it's easy to get the sense that he isn't sure if he should bite his tongue, but on Oct. 15, hours before speaking before a packed Jordan Ballroom at Boise State University, he opened up about the differences between his time serving President Barack Obama and what he sees the state of U.S.-Russian relations headed under President Donald Trump.