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!’”

‘War and Peace’: The Relevance of 1812 as Explained by Tolstoy to Current Global Affairs

Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace is widely considered to be the best war novel ever written. Spatially, in its more than 1,800 pages it offers a vast panorama of Russia during the Napoleonic wars, both on the battlefield and on the home front. Temporally, Tolstoy shifts our attention back and forth between the big picture … Continue reading “‘War and Peace’: The Relevance of 1812 as Explained by Tolstoy to Current Global Affairs”

Belgian Elites Supine Before Anti-Russian Political Forces

Two weeks ago, I wrote about the surprising pro-détente feelings of Belgium’s French-speaking social elite who openly criticize the anti-Russian policies being pursued by the government here, in line with the EU consensus. My comments were based on conversations I had with a good many participants in a Russia-themed gala dinner at the country’s most … Continue reading “Belgian Elites Supine Before Anti-Russian Political Forces”

Thank Goodness for Trump, the Ugly American

Survival in the Age of Trump is today on many minds. For some, the issue is whether our whimsical, volatile president will undo 70 years of alliance (read: empire) building here and now. For others, it is whether he will finally realize his campaign promises to be the Great Disrupter and fulfill the wishes of … Continue reading “Thank Goodness for Trump, the Ugly American”

Working With the European Right for Peace

Upcoming Speech to the XII European Russia Forum, Brussels, 25-26 November 2018 I am very pleased to have the opportunity to address here today the question of what we as civil society can do to stop the relentless march towards war of our media and political elites. War on the European continent, including nuclear war, … Continue reading “Working With the European Right for Peace”

Germany’s Left and Right Change Sides on the Issues of War and Peace

The results of last weekend’s elections in the German state of Hesse have been getting quite a run in mainstream media. The sharp losses suffered by both parties in the Grand Coalition, the Socialists (SPD) and Merkel’s center-right CDU, finally delivered the decisive push that spells the end the reign of the iron lady in … Continue reading “Germany’s Left and Right Change Sides on the Issues of War and Peace”

Reordering Power in Europe: The Putin-Merkel Meeting

During this past Saturday, 18 August, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a brief visit to Austria to attend the wedding of the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Karin Kneissl. Per the Kremlin, this stop of several hours in the Styrian wine country not far from the border with Slovenia was a “purely private” side excursion … Continue reading “Reordering Power in Europe: The Putin-Merkel Meeting”

Does Singapore Have Relevance to an Eventual Trump-Putin Summit?

Now that the document concluding the US-North Korean summit in Singapore has been signed by President Trump and Chairman Kim, the world’s political commentators are busy making their assessments of what exactly its vague points on denuclearization really mean, in what ways it is historic and unlike previous agreements between US administrations and the North … Continue reading “Does Singapore Have Relevance to an Eventual Trump-Putin Summit?”

Gang of Four: Senators Call for Tillerson To Enter Into Arms Control Talks With the Kremlin

In a sad commentary on the parlous state of the U.S. media, a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson from four United States Senators dated March 8 calling for opening arms control talks with the Kremlin ASAP is nowhere to be found in mainstream newspapers a day after its release on the Senate home … Continue reading “Gang of Four: Senators Call for Tillerson To Enter Into Arms Control Talks With the Kremlin”