Avangard Missile: Meet Putin’s Newest Weapon

Image by Natalie Wu By Anthony Ross (00:00) Later this year, somewhere in Southern Russia, a camouflaged hatch slides open to reveal a deep, dark well. Seconds later, a column of smoke and fire erupt from this newly revealed portal, as if the forces of hell were attempting to pass into the mortal coil. A … Continue reading Avangard Missile: Meet Putin’s Newest Weapon

Nationalism and Foreign Policy in Russia

Image: http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/57436 By Coleman Hopkins The defeat of Republican Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) in the 2018 midterm elections felled one of the few prominent dissenters from a troubling consensus in Washington: that Russia is an unambiguous enemy of America the state, and America the idea. The view now dominant in Washington is that Putin despises the … Continue reading Nationalism and Foreign Policy in Russia

Russia and China: Brothers in Sanctions

Image: SASHA MORDOVETS / GETTY IMAGES By Jan Gerber Today, the chessboard of great power relations begins to resemble that from the 1950s as Russia and China are coming together in a spirit of solidarity and antipathy for America not seen since Mao Zedong’s Communist China cozied up to its “big brother,” the Soviet Union. … Continue reading Russia and China: Brothers in Sanctions

Who Killed Arms Control?

Image: Natalie Wu By Scott Strgacich The global nonproliferation architecture has had a horrible, no good, very bad year. In May, President Trump announced the unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – the “Iran Nuclear Deal” – scuppering the only realistic (and demonstrably effective) route toward ensuring a … Continue reading Who Killed Arms Control?

Is Putin’s Goal Empire?

Image: Natalie Wu By Coleman Hopkins Despite the much-discussed political divide between Left and Right in Western democracies that supposedly renders bipartisanship impossible, there is remarkable unanimity amongst social democrats, Christian conservatives, and even some libertarians, from Washington to Paris, on Russia. The consensus is that, under President Vladimir Putin, Russia is a security threat … Continue reading Is Putin’s Goal Empire?

What to Expect From Trump-Putin Summit

By Caroline Caywood Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump meet at the 2017 G-20 Hamburg Summit by Kremlin.ru On July 16 the world will watch as President Trump initiates his fourth meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin. Located in Helsinki, these negotiations will come on the heels of a NATO summit in Brussels just days before … Continue reading What to Expect From Trump-Putin Summit

Who to Blame for the Decline of Russian Democracy?

By Caroline Caywood Russian democracy is in a precarious state today. Vladimir Putin, recently inaugurated to a fourth term as President of Russia, shows no sign of stepping away from power anytime soon. Freedom of speech is also under siege,  highlighted by the arrests of over 1,600 people during a May 7th protest against Putin, … Continue reading Who to Blame for the Decline of Russian Democracy?