Donald Trump’s Withdrawal of US Forces From Syria

In the days immediately following Donald Trump’s announcement on 13 October that he had ordered the withdrawal of the contingent of approximately 1,500 U.S. special forces stationed in the Kurdish controlled territory of northeast Syria bordering on Turkey, I understood that this momentous decision deserved close analysis and comment. However, I held back, because the … Continue reading “Donald Trump’s Withdrawal of US Forces From Syria”

Who Is Edward Snowden? A Review of His Autobiography, Permanent Record

Edward Snowden’s recently published autobiography Permanent Record became a bestseller instantly, before any critical reviews in major media, thanks to the author’s notoriety. The reviews followed and they make for curious reading as I look over The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Review of Books and The New Yorker. Though the reviewers … Continue reading “Who Is Edward Snowden? A Review of His Autobiography, Permanent Record

The INF Treaty Dies: What Happens Next?

Today’s media have duly noted that yesterday, 2 August marked the definitive withdrawal of the USA from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty dating from 1987, about which they had given advance warning months ago in keeping with the provisions of that document. In particular, our television news and newspapers of record carried the … Continue reading “The INF Treaty Dies: What Happens Next?”

The 2019 European Parliamentary Election: Prospects for Peace

During the run-up to the continent-wide elections to the European Parliament that just took place, our European press and electronic media sounded the alarm over the threat of a populist, nationalist, Euroskeptic tide overwhelming the “peace project” that the European Union is said to be. The great fear was that the Center would not hold, … Continue reading “The 2019 European Parliamentary Election: Prospects for Peace”

Foreign Affairs Magazine at a Turning Point on US Global Hegemony?

I have not critiqued articles in Foreign Affairs magazine for at least two years because it seemed pointless to whip a dead horse. Dead intellectually I mean. I regretted the loss of a sparring partner given that FA was and remains broadly representative of the US foreign policy establishment. FA was for a long time … Continue readingForeign Affairs Magazine at a Turning Point on US Global Hegemony?”

At Its 70th Birthday, NATO Is Militarily America’s Fifth Wheel

As the 70th anniversary of the founding of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization approaches on April 4th, Belgium’s Royal Higher Institute of Defense has published an article which will bring little cheer to staff at the luxurious NATO headquarters situated on the outskirts of Brussels, 15 kilometers away from my home office downtown. The birthday … Continue reading “At Its 70th Birthday, NATO Is Militarily America’s Fifth Wheel”

The Kremlin’s Military Posture Reconsidered

To the vast majority of Americans, including the foreign policy establishment, the question posed in the title may seem something of a joke. After all, absolute military superiority over Russia and other potential rivals for global influence has been the objective of US military policy for the last twenty-five years or more, at vast budgetary … Continue reading “The Kremlin’s Military Posture Reconsidered”

Putin on National Defense: Threats or a Bid to Negotiate on Arms Control?

As he stated at the outset, Vladimir Putin’s annual state of the nation address today before a joint session of the nation’s bicameral legislature was devoted preponderantly to domestic policy. He was expanding on the practical implications for the Russian population of the policy priorities for his current six-year term that he set out in … Continue reading “Putin on National Defense: Threats or a Bid to Negotiate on Arms Control?”

War With Russia?

As one of America’s most authoritative historians of Russia and the Soviet Union, Professor Stephen Cohen has authored seven books in a number of genres from traditionally academic to journalistic-scholarly. His latest work, War with Russia? represents a new direction that holds great value as well as accessibility both for a target audience of university … Continue reading “War With Russia?”

Vladimir Putin to the West: ‘We Will Bury You!’

I have given this essay a “fake news” title for a good reason: to direct your attention to the fact that the incumbent President of Russia is too gentle for his and our good. He does not make threats the way his predecessor, the party boss of the Soviet Union did in 1956. He does … Continue reading “Vladimir Putin to the West: ‘We Will Bury You!’”