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Analysis and Commentary

With Russia, Try Try Again

by CDR Michael Nordeenvia Real Clear Defense
Thursday, December 14, 2017

Ambassador Huntsman continues to face a daunting portfolio as he hits his stride managing a strained relationship with Moscow - sophisticated interference in democratic elections, global information operations, probing cyber-attacks, support to the Assad regime in Syria, clear culpability in the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, military aggression in their near-abroad, the murder of regime critics under questionable circumstances, and general spoiling of international attempts within the United Nations to address global issues.  

New Russian Tanker Makes One of the Fastest Arctic Crossings

quoting Lawson W. Brigham via Live Science
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A Russian ship just made one of the fastest crossings along an Arctic shipping route without the help of a chaperone icebreaker ship, in part because the ship itself functions as an icebreaker and in part because of diminished Arctic sea ice, likely as a result of climate change.

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Part 2: The Second World Wars with Victor Davis Hanson

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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How the first global conflict was fought and won.

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Part 2: The Second World Wars With Victor Davis Hanson

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

How the first global conflict was fought and won.

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On The Russian Proposal For Mutual Noninterference In Domestic Politics

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Monday, December 11, 2017

In January, I floated the “contrarian” idea that the United States should consider cutting back on its threatening activities in Russia’s digital networks, including its “Internet Freedom” efforts to promote democracy in Russia, in exchange for Russia agreeing not to interfere in U.S. elections going forward. I am well aware of the many downsides of and hurdles to such cooperation.

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Putin Is To Blame For The Tragedy Of Russia’s Olympics Ban

by Michael McFaulvia The Washington Post
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Tuesday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced a shocking decision to ban Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, due to Russia’s “systematic manipulation of the anti-doping rules.” The public reaction to this decision – by government officials and public commentators, and on my Twitter feed — was very polarized.

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Area 45: Remembering Pearl Harbor

interview with Victor Davis Hanson, Bill Whalenvia Area 45
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Remembering Pearl Harbor on the seventy-sixth anniversary and the lessons learned from World War II’s successes and failures and how they apply to current world tensions.

In the News

Talking About A Revolution: Gallery Talk Series

mentioning Hoover Institutionvia Stanford Event Calendar
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Learn behind the scenes stories of some of the objects on view in the exhibition with Marissa Schleicher Rhee, project archivist for exhibitions, Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

Analysis and Commentary

Russian Ambassador Antonov Visits Stanford: Why That’s A Good Thing

by Michael McFaulvia Freeman Spogli Institute News
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Last week, I hosted the new Russian Ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford University. The previous year, I had hosted his predecessor, Sergey Kislyak, for a private discussion and public talk at Stanford as well. This time, however, the public reaction to my acknowledging this normal activity of our institute and our university generated all sorts of negative and suspicious commentary.

In the News

Ex-Russian Diplomat: Putin To Blame For 'Tragic' Olympic Ban

featuring Michael McFaulvia The Hill
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Former U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul said Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin was to blame for the "tragic" ban of the nation's athletes from participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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