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Analysis and Commentary

A Shaman Unnerves Vladimir Putin

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Washington Times
Monday, October 7, 2019

Shades of Rasputin surround a mystical figure attempting to ply his trade in Moscow.

In the News

Jon Huntsman Returns To Utah After Serving Two Years As The Ambassador To Russia During A Historically Tense Time

quoting Michael McFaulvia The Salt Lake Tribune
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

After two years lodged between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman is leaving his post Thursday, returning to Utah, where he is weighing a bid to again run for governor. Huntsman, who took on the role as America’s top envoy to Russia during a tumultuous time between the two world powers, said as he departs that things could have been worse if not for diplomatic efforts to stem a further slide in the relationship.

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Here’s What A Presidential Phone Call With A Foreign Leader Looks Like In A Normal White House

by Michael McFaulvia The Washington Post
Monday, September 30, 2019

The publication of the rough transcript of the phone call — known as a “Memorandum of Telephone Conversation,” or TelCon for short — between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky inspires nostalgic memories for me. I used to participate in similar calls for President Barack Obama during my days at the National Security Council. Between the 2008 election and my departure for Moscow in 2012 to serve as the U.S. ambassador to Russia, I arranged, prepped and listened to dozens of such calls. Yet in terms of logistics and tenor, the infamous Trump-Zelensky call appears to be unlike the calls I worked on between Obama and other world leaders.

While The U.S. Snoozes, Putin And Xi Are Having A Bromance And Flexing Their Global Muscle | Opinion

by Markos Kounalakis
Thursday, September 26, 2019

America is looking inward, resembling a sullen, sometimes confused navel-gazing couch-potato. It’s tired of going outside and bored with the world.

In the News

Why China Isn’t As Skillful At Disinformation As Russia

quoting Haifeng Huangvia Quartz
Thursday, September 19, 2019

China has framed Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests as a foreign-backed movement that uses “thugs” to threaten the mainland’s sovereignty. The narrative might be working within the great firewall. Outside China? Not so much.

In the News

To Russia With Love: The Story Behind Russia’s First 18-Hole Course Is Stranger Than Fiction

quoting George P. Shultzvia Golf.com
Friday, September 20, 2019

The 1960s began with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev banging his shoe — definitely not a FootJoy — on a desk at the United Nations. A couple of years later came the Cuban Missile Crisis, which was as close to a nuclear holocaust as the world had come before or since. The Cold War continued in full freeze until the end of the decade, when U.S. President Richard Nixon, his Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, and Khrushchev’s successor, Leonid Brezhnev, tried to thaw things out.

In the News

Stephen Fry, Tina Brown, 'GoT' Writers Condemn Political Repression In Russia

mentioning Timothy Garton Ashvia Hollywood Reporter (CA)
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

British actor Stephen Fry, legendary magazine editor Tina Brown and Game of Thrones writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have joined several dozen international cultural and political VIPs in signing an open letter protesting political repression in Russia. The letter, also signed by former chess grandmaster and famed dissident Garry Kasparov, Nobel Prize winning novelist Herta Müller and British author and commentator Timothy Garton Ash, condemns "widespread lawlessness, the arrest of political opponents, violence by police officers against peaceful residents, the unlawful detainment of children [and] threats to parents" in Vladimir Putin's Russia.

Analysis and Commentary

How Vladimir Putin Is Outplaying The U.S. In Africa

by Grant T. Harris, Michael McFaulvia The Washington Post
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

President Trump and his administration remain deeply divided on several foreign policy issues. Take Russia, for example. While the president continues to pursue a broad rapprochement with Vladimir Putin, the diplomats, soldiers and Treasury officials who work for him have maintained a tough line on the Kremlin.

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Transcript: Condoleezza Rice On "Face The Nation," September 15, 2019

interview with Condoleezza Ricevia Face the Nation (CBS)
Sunday, September 15, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Condoleezza Rice discusses John Bolton, foreign policy, Russia, employment, automation, trade, education, and much more.

In the News

Russian President Vladimir Putin's Party Suffers Major Losses In Moscow Elections

quoting Michael McFaulvia Salon
Monday, September 9, 2019

But experts agree that the Communist and A Just Russia parties are both controlled by the Kremlin, to some extent.

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