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Analysis and Commentary

Russia Is Trying To Divide Us. We're Much Too Willing To Comply.

by Michael J. Petrillivia LinkedIn
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

As upsetting as it is that Russia interfered with our presidential election (and to be clear, it is very upsetting), what's even worse is their broader campaign to turn us against one another, as this week's Congressional hearings have made clear. Putin and his cronies understand that a weakened America is in their self-interest, so they have used social media, Google, and who knows what else to push our buttons and create a house divided.

Stalin at the Tehran Conference in 1943.
In the News

Review: The Turn To Tyranny

featuring Stephen Kotkinvia The Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

[Subscription Required] We may never know what degree of personal obsession, political calculation and ideological zeal drove Stalin to kill and persecute so many. Joshua Rubenstein reviews ‘Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941’ by Stephen Kotkin.

Stalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928
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How Stalin Became Stalinist

featuring Stephen Kotkinvia New Yorker
Monday, November 6, 2017

Puzzling out how the idealistic Soviet revolutionary came to preside over the bloodiest regime of his time.

In the News

Indictments In Mueller-Led Probe Expected

quoting Peter Berkowitzvia Front Page Magazine Online
Monday, October 30, 2017

A grand jury convened by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III has indicted an unidentified person on unspecified charges in Mueller’s off-the-rails investigation into the Trump campaign’s hypothesized electoral collusion with Russia, according to media reports.

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How Russian Propaganda Spreads On Social Media

quoting Michael McFaulvia All Tech Considered (NPR)
Sunday, October 29, 2017

Facebook, Google and Twitter head to Washington this week for their first public congressional hearings on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign via their social networks. In the runup, NPR is exploring the growing social media landscape, the spread of false information and the tech companies that build the platforms in our series: Tech Titans, Bots and the Information Complex.

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While We Weren’t Looking Russia Once Again Became The World’s Biggest Exporter Of Wheat

mentioning Hoover Institutionvia History News Network
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin was surely wrong to label the fall of the Soviet Union “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe” of the 20th century. It is far more accurate to describe the Soviet Union’s rise as Russia’s greatest domestic political catastrophe.

Photographic portrait of the “Great and Generous Leader,” Joseph Stalin.
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Book Review: Stalin: Waiting For Hitler 1928-1941 By Stephen Kotkin

featuring Stephen Kotkinvia The Times
Sunday, October 29, 2017

[Subscription Required] A landmark biography recasts Stalin not as a madman, but as a leader driven by the remorseless logic of Marxism.

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Clinton-Russian Connection

quoting Peter Berkowitzvia E Missourian
Sunday, October 29, 2017

Much has been written and said about a possible Russian connection to Donald Trump during the presidential campaign last year.


Paul Gregory On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Paul R. Gregoryvia The John Batchelor Show
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Paul Gregory discusses his Hill article "Steele dossier farce shows why Trump relies on Twitter."

Stalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928

Stephen Kotkin On Stalin's Economics

interview with Stephen Kotkinvia Financial Times
Friday, October 27, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Stephen Kotkin discusses how Joseph Stalin's violent commitment to Marxist-Leninism shaped the Soviet economy and society in the 1930s.