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As The Tables Turn On Russian Collusion...

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia American Thinker
Monday, May 20, 2019

...the wolves turn on each other, as Victor Davis Hanson notes in some terrific commentary. In a piece published in American Greatness, Hanson describes the strange way top U.S. national security officials are all weirdly pointing the finger at each other now that the Mueller report has come up empty.

Analysis and Commentary

What The Mueller Report Tells Us About Putin, Russia And Trump's Election

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Hill
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The celebratory messages reportedly circulated within Russian government circles following Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 election are oft-cited as proof of Russian collusion. This mood reportedly was shared by the Russian people, who had been told that Trump had no chance against the corrupt American establishment. Russia’s jubilation is consistent with ex-British spy Christopher Steele’s dossier claim that Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted Trump to win.

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Former U.S. Ambassador To Russia Michael Mcfaul Says U.S. And Russia Are Not Natural Enemies

featuring Michael McFaulvia The Daily Northwestern
Friday, May 17, 2019
As long as Russian President Vladimir Putin is in power, U.S.-Russia relations will remain confrontational, former U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul said Thursday.

The Global Crisis Of Democracy

by Larry Diamondvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, May 17, 2019

There is nothing inevitable about the expansion of democracy. Among countries with populations above one million, there were only 11 democracies in 1900, 20 in 1920 and 29 in 1974. Only for the past quarter of a century has democracy been the world’s predominant form of government. By 1993, the number of democracies had exploded to 77—representing, for the first time in history, a majority of countries with at least one million people. By 2006, the number of democracies had ticked up to 86.

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How Trump Thinks He Can Outsmart Putin

quoting Michael McFaulvia The Atlantic
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Listening to President Donald Trump, he sounds like a heretic inside his own government: the lone official prepared to accept that Russian President Vladimir Putin is trustworthy and sincere.


John Yoo: AG Barr Taps US Attorney John Durham To Investigate Russia Probe Origins

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses Attorney General Barr launching an investigation into 2016 spying.


Is Russia Preparing A Gas Nuclear Option?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Monday, May 13, 2019

Vladimir Putin is noted for taking surprise action, which confronts his victims with a fait accompli. They must then either accept the new unfavorable status quo or react in a way that they would consider too risky. Putin has employed this playbook in Georgia, Crimea, East Ukraine, Syria, on Ukrainian naval vessels in the Black Sea and to prop up the Maduro regime in Venezuela.


The Big Show In Bololand

featuring Bertrand M. Patenaude, Hoover Institutionvia C-SPAN
Monday, March 11, 2019

Author Bertrand Patenaude shared the story of a US famine relief mission to Bolshevik Russia in 1921 that saved millions of lives in his book, The Big Show in Bololand: The American Relief Expedition to Soviet Russia in the Famine of 1921.

In the News

Michael McFaul Discusses Montana, His First Trip Abroad And The Importance Of Empathy

featuring Michael McFaulvia Stanford News
Monday, May 6, 2019

Michael McFaul director of the Freeman Spogli Institute, recently talked about growing up in Montana, his experience living in Russia and the values that he hopes to instill in his children, as part of the Office of Religious Life’s “What Matters to Me and Why” speaker series. The series is designed to spark conversation between Stanford faculty, administrators and the larger university community on topics including values, beliefs and motivations.

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Byron York On Face The Nation

mentioning Michael McFaul, Hoover Institutionvia Face the Nation (CBS)
Sunday, May 5, 2019

Michael McFaul says "I don't see a big difference between the late Obama years and the early Trump years. I see more continuity along the three big dimensions: strengthening NATO, punishing Russia for belligerent behavior, and strengthening Ukraine."