From ‘Special Military Operation’ to Open War

From ‘special military operation’ to open war: significance of the referendums in Donbas, Kherson and Zaporozhie The televised speech yesterday morning by Vladimir Putin and the follow-up remarks by his Minister of Defense Shoigu announcing the partial mobilization of Russia’s army reserves to add a total of 300,000 men to the military campaign in Ukraine … Continue reading “From ‘Special Military Operation’ to Open War”

US Ups the Ante: Are We Indeed Headed Into WWIII and What Can Save Us?

The UK and Commonwealth may be mourning the passing of Queen Elizabeth II yesterday. I am in mourning as well, but for a very different reason: the gathering in the Ramstein air base in Germany yesterday reshuffled the deck on Western military and financial assistance to Ukraine, raising contributions to the ongoing holy crusade against … Continue reading “US Ups the Ante: Are We Indeed Headed Into WWIII and What Can Save Us?”

Meet the New Proactive Russia: The Kremlin Moves on to Plan B

For the first twenty years of the new millennium, it was obvious that Vladimir Putin and his team in the Kremlin were reactive, rather than proactive in nearly all dealings with the Collective West. Of course, I mean to say that was obvious to the substantial minority of professionals who trade in facts and follow … Continue reading “Meet the New Proactive Russia: The Kremlin Moves on to Plan B”

How Far Can Diplomacy Go? Awaiting the US-Russian Talks in Geneva on January 10

As the day of the US-Russian talks in Geneva over revising the security architecture in Europe approaches, analysts on both continents are publishing their prognoses of the outcome. Among them are great optimists that the ongoing acute confrontation can be scaled back, and also pessimists who see a clash of arms as inevitable with the … Continue reading “How Far Can Diplomacy Go? Awaiting the US-Russian Talks in Geneva on January 10”

A Surprise Russian Ultimatum: New Draft Treaties To Roll Back NATO

The release a couple of days ago on the RF Ministry of Foreign Affairs website of its draft treaties to totally revise the European security architecture has been picked up by our leading mainstream media. The New York Times lost no time posting an article by its most experienced journalists covering Russia, Andrew Kramer and … Continue reading “A Surprise Russian Ultimatum: New Draft Treaties To Roll Back NATO”

Biden-Putin Summit: Who Won the Match of Wills?

It is now the morning after the widely anticipated video conference tête-à-tête between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin, and it is time to put our Kremlinology skills to work. By that I mean to say there is very little today in the public domain to provide clear answers to what may … Continue reading “Biden-Putin Summit: Who Won the Match of Wills?”

Then and Now: Dissenters From American Foreign Policy on Russia in the 1980s and Today

In my intense, nearly daily exchange of emails with the late Professor Steve Cohen in 2015 before and during our incorporation of The American Committee for East-West Accord, Steve often expressed his deep regret that American political dialogue on policy towards Russia had become so consolidated and closed to dissenting views, which were now vilified … Continue reading “Then and Now: Dissenters From American Foreign Policy on Russia in the 1980s and Today”

Bombast From Washington: Joe Biden’s Russia Sanctions

Thursday, shortly after the White House issued its four-page Fact Sheet on the sanctions about to be imposed on Russia (“Imposing Costs for Harmful Foreign Activities by the Russian Government”), I was invited by RT International in Moscow to be a “first responder” and provide an analytical comment at the top of their 16.00 news … Continue reading “Bombast From Washington: Joe Biden’s Russia Sanctions”

Cold War Fever in Brussels

In recent months it has not been just Covid that raised the temperature in Europe’s hotheads: Cold War fever has set in among the Brussels leadership, with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel rallying the troops against public enemy number one, the Russian Federation. In the United States, … Continue reading “Cold War Fever in Brussels”

Biden on ‘Killer’ Putin

In the USA, all politics is about one country only: itself. The Rest of the World is only a stage setting, a tableau against which American politicians posture and mud wrestle with one another. The latest and perhaps most serious manifestation of this indifference to the fallout of domestic political rhetoric on the world beyond … Continue reading “Biden on ‘Killer’ Putin”