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Guardians and Gatekeepers

by Ralph Petersvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 29, 2018

Every fresh form of communication adds to propaganda’s toolkit, but computers have unleashed profound new powers of disinformation. Tech titans need to insist on a transparent, open Internet.

Analysis and Commentary

One Person Can (In)Validate The Steele Dossier And No One Seems To Bother

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Ricochet
Monday, October 29, 2018

Christopher Steele deliberately constructed his Trump dossier to be unverifiable. As long as it remains invalidated, it hangs over the Trump administration, even though the Clinton campaign was identified as its funder and Steele refused to vouch for it under oath. Apparently he did not express such doubts when he was peddling the dossier to a skeptical press.


George Shultz: We Must Preserve This Nuclear Treaty

by George P. Shultzvia The New York Times
Thursday, October 25, 2018

This is the time to expand, not abandon, an important nuclear weapons agreement with Russia.


Former Ambassador To Russia Michael Mcfaul: “U.S.-Russian Relations Have Not Been This Bad Since Deep Into The Cold War”

interview with Michael McFaulvia Fox News
Thursday, October 25, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Michael McFaul discusses US-Russia relations.

Enabling Autocrats Is Not In The American National Interest

by Michael McFaul
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Since the beginning of our republic, all American presidents have had to balance the dueling goals of advancing democratic values with the pursuit of security and economic interests. 

Trump Accelerates Decline In U.S. Global Power To Putin's Delight (3:30)

interview with Michael McFaul
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Michael McFaul discusses the Trump administration's stance toward Vladimir Putin.

Analysis and Commentary

Kevin Mckenna On Characters, Plot, And Themes Of In The First Circle

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Thursday, October 18, 2018

Russian Literature Professor Kevin McKenna of the University of Vermont talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the characters, plot, and themes of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's masterpiece, In the First Circle. This is the second episode of the EconTalk book club discussing the book. The first episode--a discussion of Solzhenitsyn's life and times--is available on EconTalk at Kevin McKenna on Solzhenitsyn, the Soviet Union, and In the First Circle.


A New Era For The China-Russia-US Triangle

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Nearly a half-century ago, President Richard Nixon’s secretary of state, Henry Kissinger, established a successful U.S. strategy for dealing with America’s two most dangerous rivals. He sought closer ties to both the Soviet Union, with its more than 7,000 nuclear weapons, and Communist China, with the world’s largest population.

In the News

Ambassador Michael McFaul: From Cold War To Hot Peace

featuring Michael McFaulvia Commonwealth Club
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Michael McFaul served as the seventh U.S. ambassador to Russia from 2012–2014 and is one of America’s leading scholars with unparalleled insights into the Russian Federation. He offers his thoughts on U.S.–Russia relations, election interference and President Trump’s relationship with President Putin.

Observations From The Roundtable

Observations from the Roundtable: Russia In An Emerging World

via Governance In An Emerging New World
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Advancing technologies and demographics portend disruption in Russia, as in many other parts of the world, but volatility has been the rule rather than the exception in this historic power. The fall of the Soviet Union left modern Russia in a state of disrepair. Its economy collapsed alongside its government. Its population decreased, and fertility plummeted. To those living in Russia at the time, it was deeply destabilizing.