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Stalin and the Fate of Europe: The Postwar Struggle for Sovereignty

by Norman M. Naimarkvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The Cold War division of Europe was not inevitable―the acclaimed author of Stalin’s Genocides shows how postwar Europeans fought to determine their own destinies. Was the division of Europe after World War II inevitable? In this powerful reassessment of the postwar order in Europe, Norman Naimark suggests that Joseph Stalin was far more open to a settlement on the continent than we have thought. Through revealing case studies from Poland and Yugoslavia to Denmark and Albania, Naimark recasts the early Cold War by focusing on Europeans’ fight to determine their future.

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Putin ‘Cherrypicking’ Facts When He Blames Poland For Helping To Start WWII, Historians Say

quoting Norman M. Naimarkvia The Chronicle Herald
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Russia and Poland remain embroiled in a dispute over who is to blame for the outbreak of the Second World War— as the 75th anniversary of the commemoration of the liberation of Auschwitz approaches — with no end in sight.

Analysis and CommentaryNational Security

The Israel–U.S. Model Has Been A Resounding Success

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, January 23, 2020

There are many similarities between policies implemented by the two countries.

FeaturedNational Security

Cold War II Has America At A Disadvantage As China Courts Russia

by Niall Fergusonvia The Boston Globe
Monday, January 20, 2020

If the United States is to succeed against China as it succeeded against the Soviet Union, President Trump — and his successor — must re-learn the lessons of late 20th century diplomacy.

In the News

With His Constitutional ‘Reform,’ Putin Follows A Familiar Playbook To Extend Autocratic Rule

quoting Larry Diamondvia Daily Inter Lake
Thursday, January 16, 2020

It’s not always a thunderous midnight knock on a dissident’s door, or tanks rumbling through cobblestone streets, or a leader-for-life’s face displayed on giant, ubiquitous billboards.

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Legacies of the “Big Three”

by Peter M. Robinson interview with David M. Kennedy, Andrew Roberts, Stephen Kotkinvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020

Not quite three-quarters of a century ago, the grand alliance of the United States, the British empire, and the Soviet Union defeated Nazi Germany and imperial Japan. Three big historians, David Kennedy, Andrew Roberts, and Stephen Kotkin, on Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin.

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From Berlin to Ground Zero

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020

The “End of History” thesis saw a world at equilibrium. But when does the center ever hold?

InterviewsNational Security

Kiron Skinner: Former State Department Official On Iran: We Need Our Allies, ‘We Can’t Do This Alone’

interview with Kiron K. Skinnervia Fox Business
Friday, January 3, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Kiron Skinner discusses U.S. strategies toward Iran and Skinner encourages a maximum diplomacy campaign to gain support from allies.

Analysis and Commentary

Why Is Russia In Syria?

by Jakub Grygielvia American Interest
Friday, January 3, 2020

Russia recently announced that it will spend $500 million to fix and update the commercial port of Tartus in Syria. In 2017 Moscow had renewed its lease over the port, signing an agreement with Damascus in a clear show of support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. But Russian (and before 1991, Soviet) naval presence there dates back to the early 1970s.

Analysis and Commentary

Ignored Evidence From A Kremlin Insider

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Washington Times
Monday, December 23, 2019

The Mueller report revealed that the one true Putin intimate, testifying under oath before the FBI, cast serious doubt on Vladimir Putin’s preference for Donald Trump. Was this crucial fact ignored because it rejects the “Putin prefers Trump” narrative at the core of the anti-Trump movement?

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